Blair, Corbyn and the forward march of Labour

“IT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Charles Dickens once observed of the French Revolution. The situation in today’s Labour Party appears similarly contradictory.

A sustained bombardment from MPs who have always hated Jeremy Corbyn, amplified to deafening volume by the corporate media, saw the party’s national executive committee (NEC) give in over a contentious definition of anti-semitism on Tuesday, adopting in full a set of examples whose own author has warned they have a “chilling” effect on freedom of speech.

Corbyn’s attempt to have a clause added which would protect the right to denounce the racist nature of the Israeli state was both defeated and leaked.... See more

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