Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism

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I was spurred to write this mostly by observations over the last week of three people I respect very much and who are intelligent and politically minded folks outright describing Corbyn as an anti-semite (an accusation even the right-wing media have stopped short of making). There has also been a lot of commentary that Corbyn has refused to respond to these allegations, which is mostly untrue. I’d like to preface this by saying that I am not a journalist. I have researched everything in this post but there is always the possibility that I have missed something or misinterpreted something – and please do … Continue reading

Peter Oborne – The Honourable Tory

I’ve always enjoyed the work of columnist and commentator Peter Oborne since first discovering his tirades against the oleaginous Tony Blair. So I was somewhat surprised to hear that he had resigned his position at the Telegraph, itself the flagship of media Toryism, where as its chief political commentator he had provided mild-mannered and sober reflections for many years. Not so much a fulminating reactionary, Peter Oborne is an honourable conservative fellow and embodies the best of moralism. You know he means it when he’s indignant with rage at political corruption, cronyism and opportunism, the three characteristics of our trilateral … Continue reading

The appeal of Putin’s Russia

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On March 27th 2014, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abstained from the vote at the UN General Assembly on a resolution on Crimea. It was de facto support for Russian aggression. The significance of this event may not have hit the mainstream just yet, but it may soon outpace it in its own trajectory. It’s not the first time the Israeli government has looked eastwards. When Putin invaded Georgia in 2008, the Israeli government set a moratorium on arms sales to the tiny republic. In return, Dmitri Medvedev cancelled a delivery of missiles to Iran in 2009. There’s even talk … Continue reading