Stop squab­bling

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment&analysis -

It is hard to tell who comes out worse from the Kamin­ski row. The Con­ser­va­tives have shown a wor­ry­ing lack of so­phis­ti­ca­tion in their fail­ure to an­tic­i­pate the re­ac­tion of the Jewish com­mu­nity to their al­liance. The Board of Deputies, in par­tic­u­lar its pres­i­dent, Vi­vian Wine­man, showed naïveté by send­ing its let­ter, drafted nearly a month ago, to David Cameron in the mid­dle of Con­ser­va­tive Party Con­fer­ence. There are also claims that Mr Wine­man did not con­sult with the pro­fes­sion­als avail­able to ad­vise him. As for the Jewish Lead­er­ship Coun­cil, it is un­clear why its mem­bers are in­volved in nitty-gritty po­lit­i­cal work when they sup­pos­edly be­long to a body set­ting broad strat­egy. And their con­temp­tu­ous re­marks about Mr Wine­man – who is also their own chair­man – also raises ques­tion marks about their at­ti­tude to the com­mu­nity they lead. Mr Wine­man is, af­ter all, the only one of them to have any kind of demo­cratic man­date, hav­ing been elected by deputies from through­out the coun­try. The les­son from this saga is clear: Our leaders, self-ap­pointed and oth­er­wise, must stop squab­bling and start com­mu­ni­cat­ing.

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