Labour changes gear on antisemitism - as predicted by Gordon Brown

Written by David Singleton on 16 August 2018 in Diary

Who knew the Big Clunking Fist had such foresight?

After weeks of war between Labour’s national executive committee and the Jewish community, there are finally signs that peace could possibly break out.

According to The Guardian, the party is preparing the ground to amend its antisemitism code of conduct to align with International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance guidelines. 

And even Unite boss Len McLuskey now says it would be “best if all eleven [IHRA examples] were now agreed, so the party can move on".

Such a move would represent a major climbdown by Jeremy Corbyn, with Labour said to be hoping to settle the issue before its party conference at the end of September and multiple Labour sources suggesting the party could now reach a compromise. 

With numerous Labour MPs and others having lobbied Corbyn on the issue, it’s not clear who is responsible for the apparent change of gear.

Tom Watson may be able to claim sone of the creidt, with the Labour deputy leader having recently said that the party should immediately adopt the full International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism or risk “disappearing into a vortex of eternal shame and embarrassment”.

But the latest development comes just as Gordon Brown got involved – and predicted that the Labour leader would cave in.

During an appearance at the Edinburgh international book festival, the former Labour prime minister was asked whether he thought Corbyn was a fit and proper candidate to be prime minister. He replied: “Jeremy Corbyn has got to change. He cannot sustain particularly what he is saying about the international agreement on what we do in our attitudes to both the Holocaust and to Israel. 

"I predict to you that’s going to change within a few weeks...”




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