Labour rise in the latest survey
With just days to go before the general election, a YouGov poll shows Labour is gaining momentum and rising in support with a jump to 33% while the Conservatives remain on 42%. The Liberal Democrats remain at 12% while the Brexit Party is on 4%. The poll also showed that 10% of the vote would be divided between the “Other” parties including Scottish and Welsh nationals.
Some Labour campaigners say that Labour voters are finally coming home after traditional supporters openly criticised the direction of the party and its leader’s ability to lead.
However, if the YouGov projection is correct, it suggests that the Conservatives would receive 359 seats up from 318 received in 2017, while Labour would be on 211 down from 262 received in 2017. The Scottish National Party would gain 8 seats and be on 43 and the Liberal Democrats would only rise one seat to 13.
Labour trolls online increase their pro-Corbyn stance
Fanatical Jeremy Corbyn supporters operating online have insisted there will be trouble for the Jewish Community if their leader is not crowned Prime Minister next week. The backlash after calls of anti-Semitism within the Labour party has been steadily on the rise for some time. But trolls have stepped up their vicious attacks targeting anti-Corbyn accounts which include a number of Jewish activists and organisations along with the Chief Rabbi and several former Labour councillors and members.
If Mr Corbyn is not crowned Prime Minister, it won’t be because of the Jewish community reminding the public how many Labour members, councillors and candidates questioned the Holocaust or discussed the “Jews” and their control. It will be because the public decided, Mr Corbyn was not up to the job. In fact, up and down the country people say they can’t stand the Labour leader. “He is not a leader,” they write on-line. “He cannot protect the country and he is promising too much which simply cannot be delivered,” they tell TV news journalists.
But a letter was shared by tens of thousands online by pro-Corbyn supporters who believe the anti-Semitism crisis is a plot to discredit the Labour leader. The letter written by a group calling itself the Executive Board of the United European Jews organisation, wrote to Mr Corbyn on 26th November denouncing the Chief Rabbi’s comments that the overwhelming majority of British Jews are “gripped by anxiety” at the prospect of a Labour victory.
The letter signed by a Rabbi Mayer Weinberger, stated it “totally rejected and condemned” the remarks stating that it does not represent the views of mainstream chareidi Jews that live in the UK. It went on to say that the anti-Semitism assertions were pure propaganda, “with a political and ideological agenda” which “opposed fundamental Jewish values “in our community.”
The letter printed a telephone number which was not in use and a Stamford Hill address. So investigative journalist and blogger David Collier grabbed Sussex Friends of Israel head, Simon Cobbs, and both set out to visit the property.
The people in the building said the group did not exist at that address and that the office was listed as a lingerie business. In fact, the landlord was furious his address appears on the letter and that the people responsible should be “strung up by their feet”.
None of the who Mr Collier and Mr Cobbs met supported the letter and all said they had concerns about antisemitism.
But by this time the letter had gone viral as Corbyn supporters sprang to share the document online. Groups such as Jewish Voice for Labour, Socialist Voice, Canary, Skwarkbox and official Labour constituencies such as Southgate Labour, retweeted it.
David Collier then noticed that there was not one letter, but two. Both from the same building but written with different addresses. One with number 10 Dominion House, while the other said number 14. Both carried the same phone number.
David Collier pointed out in his blog that Rabbi Mayer Weinberger lived in Belgium. Another blogger known as Dave discovered the organisation’s website was only purchased on 29 March 2019 and that the letter was endorsed by the notorious anti-Zionist group ‘True Torah Jews’ based in America. Other names were mentioned who may be behind the letter, but the drive to split the community has not worked and that a huge amount of loyal Jewish Labour voters will this time, not be voting for their Labour candidate.
Philip Schofield told Jeremy Corbyn on his ITV This Morning show to “Just say sorry,” as the two clashed over anti-Semitism in Labour. When pushed, Mr Corbyn said, “Obviously, I’m very sorry for everything that’s happened. But I want to make this clear, I am dealing with it. I have dealt with it. Other parties are also affected by anti-Semitism…” and went on to point out that the Liberal Democrats and Conservative parties also had to withdraw candidates for anti-Semitism.
Former Labour MP Ian Austin has urged voters to vote Conservative. Mr Austin told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 “that after 34 years… I joined the Labour Party as a teenager, I worked for the Labour Party, in my thirties I was a government advisor, in my forties I was an MP and a minister, when I tell decent, traditional, patriotic Labour voters that they should be voting for Boris Johnson at this election.”
The Co-Leader of the Green Party, Jonathan Bartley, has repeated his wish for a full ban on the method used to slaughter animals, known as Shechitah. Mr Bartley believes that the process is crawl and out-dated and that if animals need to be slaughtered, they must firstly be stunned. If the move was introduced into British law, it would drastically affect the entire way of life for most Jews and Muslims living in the UK.
Twenty-three non-Jewish actors, authors, historians, human rights campaigners, television and radio presenters have repeated their statement that they will not be voting for Labour in next week’s general election. Last month, they were praised for writing to the Guardian newspaper to denounce the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The signatures who have condemned the anti-Semitism, include Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, actress Joanna Lumley OBE, author Frederick Forsyth CBE, television presenter Dan Snow MBE, radio presenter Maajid Nawaz and human rights campaigner Trevor Philips OBE.
In recent months, thirteen MPs and three peers have resigned from Labour over anti-Semitism along with hundreds of party members, councillors and MEPs.