Re­act­ing to words

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment -

Acurious phe­nom­e­non of pol­i­tics is how words from some politi­cians that cre­ate a storm are vir­tu­ally ig­nored when they come from oth­ers. So while — quite rightly — Baroness Tonge’s var­i­ous id­io­cies led to her hav­ing the Libdem whip re­moved, Jeremy Cor­byn reg­u­larly comes out with equally vile com­ments and gets away scot free. Last week, the Labour MP de­manded a public in­quiry into the in­flu­ence of “pro-is­rael lob­by­ing groups”, sin­gling out Bi­com chair­man Poju Zablu­dow­icz. Labour even­tu­ally is­sued a bland state­ment — but only af­ter be­ing pushed by the JC. Ed Miliband, who was at the front of the queue de­mand­ing that Nick Clegg pun­ish Baroness Tonge, has ut­tered not a word of crit­i­cism, let alone taken any ac­tion. Dou­ble stan­dards or plain hypocrisy?

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