I’ll make a pre­dic­tion — Cor­byn will soon be gone

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Un­LIKE many on the right, I do not have a vis­ceral loathing of Jeremy cor­byn. In­deed, many times in this col­umn I have de­fended him.

above all, this has been be­cause I have be­lieved that the griz­zled old Leftie MP for north Is­ling­ton is a re­fresh­ing con­trast to the cyn­i­cal and de­ceit­ful pol­i­tics of Tony Blair and new Labour.

dur­ing Blair’s decade as PM, spin, ma­nip­u­la­tion and down­right ly­ing were ev­ery­day facts of po­lit­i­cal life. There was, too, a su­per­fi­cial­ity in his ap­proach to se­ri­ous is­sues.

Jeremy cor­byn, by con­trast, is a man of sin­cere — if ter­ri­bly flawed — be­liefs.

he has been es­pe­cially coura­geous on for­eign pol­icy. I be­lieve he was right to op­pose the Iraq war, which cre­ated blood­shed and chaos across the Mid­dle East and led to the rise of Is­lamic State.

he wisely op­posed Blair’s ear­lier afghan mis­ad­ven­ture, which led to the un­nec­es­sary loss of so many British and afghan lives. again, he was vin­di­cated as one of only a dozen MPs who voted against cameron’s cat­a­strophic de­ci­sion to in­ter­vene in Libya and oust colonel Gaddafi.

I also strongly ad­mire the way he has stood up for Pales­tinian rights — an un­pop­u­lar stance at west­min­ster.

all that said, cor­byn has be­haved with grotesquely bad judg­ment in other ar­eas. above all, he has spent his en­tire po­lit­i­cal life sup­port­ing ter­ror­ist groups and gov­ern­ments hos­tile to the UK and our al­lies.

he was wrong to meet lead­ers of the Ira, with blood on their hands from years of the mur­ders of in­no­cent men, women and chil­dren. cor­byn’s de­fence was that it was im­por­tant to main­tain links with the Ira. af­ter all, Blair fol­lowed suit. he was also wrong to meet with the Mid­dle East­ern ter­ror group ha­mas. Now,

yet again, cor­byn is em­broiled in a ma­jor con­tro­versy. Ev­ery day this week, there has been shock­ing new proof of Labour’s de­scent into the cesspit of anti-Semitism.

But then, I’m afraid, the in­eluctable truth is that ac­cu­sa­tions of anti-Semitism have been di­rected at cor­byn ever since he be­came Labour leader.

For my part, I ad­mit, I felt that some of these claims were over­played. For ex­am­ple, I be­lieved cor­byn could not be held per­son­ally re­spon­si­ble for an in­ci­dent at Labour’s con­fer­ence last year, when an Is­raeli-amer­i­can au­thor, at a fringe meet­ing, com­pared Zion­ists to nazis and sug­gested it was le­git­i­mate to ques­tion whether the holo­caust took place.

also, I felt some of cor­byn’s crit­ics were con­found­ing ab­hor­rent anti-Semitism with crit­i­cism of the poli­cies of the current Is­raeli gov­ern­ment. nor did I ac­cept that cor­byn him­self was anti-Semitic. I re­garded him as a man who was pas­sion­ately op­posed to all kinds of racism and was a fighter — al­beit some­times very naive — for so­cial jus­tice.

This week, with a heavy heart, I changed my mind. I’m now con­vinced that there is some­thing de­testable about cor­byn’s pol­i­tics which make it im­pos­si­ble to de­fend him any more.

among sev­eral ex­am­ples, the first con­cerned chris­tine Shawcroft, Labour’s head of dis­ci­pline who was forced to re­sign af­ter it emerged that she had de­fended a Labour coun­cil­lor ac­cused of shar­ing an ar­ti­cle on Face­book which claimed the holo­caust was a ‘ hoax’. This proves that the poi­son of anti- Semitism has spread into the heart of the cor­byn Labour Party.

we also learnt that cor­byn him­self has been a mem­ber of five on­line groups which have prop­a­gated anti- Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries, such as that the num­ber of deaths at auschwitz has been ex­ag­ger­ated and that Is­raelis have har­vested the or­gans of arab chil­dren. also, they have posted links to the loath­some views of white su­prem­a­cists, in­clud­ing the leader of the Ku Klux Klan.

de­spite be­ing a con­trib­u­tor to such sites, cor­byn claimed — pre­pos­ter­ously in my view — not to have no­ticed such post­ings and con­tin­ued un­til this week to be a mem­ber of two of these groups. But the most egre­gious ex­am­ple of cor­byn’s shame­ful an­tiSemitism was his sup­port for a truly dis­gust­ing mu­ral in Lon­don por­tray­ing car­i­ca­ture Jewish bankers play­ing Mo­nop­oly on the backs of what ap­pear to be naked slaves. Thus it de­picted Jews as evil con­spir­a­tors work­ing to op­press the masses.

It was an im­age of which the nazis would have been proud.

yet cor­byn disin­gen­u­ously de­fended it on the grounds of free speech! and this from a man who claims he wants to pro­mote ‘a kin­der, gen­tler pol­i­tics’.

Ei­ther he was re­veal­ing shock­ing naivety, which, in any case, is un­ac­cept­able in a front­line politi­cian and ren­ders him un­fit for pub­lic of­fice. or there is some­thing hideously sin­is­ter about cor­byn’s core views.

what is with­out doubt is that he is damned by his own be­hav­iour.

cor­byn’s dread­ful lack of judg­ment over anti-Semitism — and his weaselly at­tempt at an apol­ogy this week — shows that he is un­wor­thy to be an MP, let alone lead a great po­lit­i­cal party.

This is why I’m con­vinced that this week marks a tip­ping point for cor­byn’s ca­reer as Labour leader. we live in a coun­try whose fore­bears made unimag­in­able sac­ri­fices to de­feat nazism in world war II. de­cent peo­ple can no longer sup­port him.

In the past cen­tury, the Labour party made great con­tri­bu­tions to British life. cor­byn’s be­hav­iour means it now risks be­com­ing a pariah or­gan­i­sa­tion for as long as he is in charge. BoLdLy,

I shall make a set of pre­dic­tions. First, morally de­cent MPs such as Keir Starmer and the am­bi­tious Emily Thorn­berry will soon con­clude that they can­not serve un­der cor­byn.

If that hap­pens, I ex­pect very many others to fol­low.

Then, re­gard­less of the iron-like grip Mo­men­tum has on the party ma­chine, I pre­dict that cor­byn will be re­moved as leader of the par­lia­men­tary party. In­evitably, the party will then be en­gulfed in a bloody civil war, end­ing in a for­mal split.

a sim­i­lar rup­ture hap­pened in the 1930s dur­ing the Great de­pres­sion, when one sec­tion of the party sup­ported the aus­tere eco­nomic poli­cies of the con­ser­va­tives while the other re­jected them and broke away to set up In­de­pen­dent Labour un­der George Lans­bury.

Labour had to wait un­til 1945 to form a ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment.

The sit­u­a­tion to­day for Labour is far more wor­ry­ing. The great dan­ger is that the cobynista rump turns into a fringe move­ment sup­ported by the hard Left, trade union­ists, dis­grun­tled pub­lic sec­tor work­ers and lo­cal coun­cils hi­jacked by Mo­men­tum.

This would be a tragedy for pol­i­tics. democ­racy re­quires a force­ful op­po­si­tion.

The Labour Party of Keir hardie, clement at­tlee, harold wil­son and aneurin Bevin was a great party that ef­fected huge so­cial change and gave voice to work­ing peo­ple. The Labour Party of Jeremy cor­byn is a party of Mo­men­tum, anti- Semites and Marx­ists.

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