It would be a case pf political cowardice for me not to comment on the news that former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the party following a damning report into antisemitism.
Wales Online report that
"A spokesperson for the Labour Party said: "In light of his comments made today and his failure to retract them subsequently, the Labour Party has suspended Jeremy Corbyn pending investigation. He has also had the whip removed from the Parliamentary Labour Party."
What I find unacceptable is that there appears to be no attempt to distinguish between antisemitism and criticism of the State of Israel and and its treatment of Palestinians/.
They can obviously linked but many of Israel critics are the sought who criticise all regimes who oppress either their own or other people and I see no reason why Israel should be included as such.
But what of actual antisemitism? I find it hard to believe that it doesn't exist in the Labour Party .
However it seems unlikely it is new phenomena and that it existed under ed Miliband, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and more importantly beyond or that it exists in other parties in the UK .
The current accusations whether legitimate or , seem to have emerged as a bat to hit Corbyn and the left within the Labour party and the failure to investigate how other parties deal with similar accusation seems to me that there was a deliberate decision by some elements of the media to use accusations of antisemitism to attack the first real socialist leader of the Labour Party in living memory.
Over at Nation Cymru Ifan Morgan Jones writes
I can't help but agree but the winners are likely to be a corrupt and inept right wing Tory Party and you don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to see that some of Corbyn accusers did so for this reason and not concern over antisematism