Sheer chutzpah

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

There are a num­ber of words which could ac­cu­rately de­scribe the High Holy Days mes­sage from Jeremy Cor­byn. The po­litest is chutzpah. The Labour leader writes: “As we en­ter the new year of 5779 it is a dif­fi­cult time for many of Bri­tain’s Jewish com­mu­ni­ties.” It is of­ten said of Mr Cor­byn that the most marked char­ac­ter­is­tic of his four decades in pol­i­tics is that there has not been a sin­gle mo­ment of self-re­flec­tion — that he has at no point opened his mind, let alone changed it. That a man be­lieved to be per­son­ally an­tisemitic by over 85 per cent of Bri­tish Jews could put his name to such a sen­tence con­firms this ul­ti­mate irony about Mr Cor­byn. For a man who pa­rades his sup­posed hu­mil­ity as his great­est virtue, the com­plete in­abil­ity to con­sider that he may be in any way re­spon­si­ble for this “dif­fi­cult time” for Bri­tish Jews is star­tling but telling. He then has the gall to tell us that “Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kip­pur al­low time to re­flect, learn and con­front those chal­lenges”, when it is clear that Mr Cor­byn is nei­ther able to nor in­ter­ested in do­ing any of that. It is cus­tom­ary at this time of year to end with an up­beat thought. But while Mr Cor­byn re­mains our most likely next Prime Min­is­ter, that is sim­ply in­ap­pro­pri­ate.

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