Hard-right smear site Guido Fawkes opens its big, ugly trap and insert a ‘strangely small’ foot yesterday when it tried to propagate the claim that a Corbyn government would trigger an exodus of Jewish people from the UK:
Like the rest of the Establishment, Fawkes wants people to believe that this represents a grave worsening of the situation.
However, three and a half years ago – when Ed Miliband was Labour leader – the 2015 version of the survey was highlighted by the Guardian. And it showed that fifty-four percent of Jewish people feared they had no future in the UK. Miliband was, of course, Jewish – and attacked antisemitically by the Establishment.
Author Michael Rosen was quick to spot the significant of this:
Actually, Michael, that’s not quite right.
If you look at the detail of the Fawkes nonsense – yes, it’s painful but in this case the SKWAWKBOX braved it for its readers (and will be undergoing decontamination as soon as this article is finished).
The visit revealed that Fawkes is ’rounding up’ for effect and the current number of Jews who are considering leaving the UK is actually thirty-eight point five percent:
Which means that the ‘Corbyn effect’ is even bigger: 15.5%. fewer Jewish people are considering leaving the UK.
That is still, of course, far too high a number. But with the rise of right-wing groups in Europe – including overtly racist governments in some Eastern European countries and a right-wing party in Austria proposing to force Jews to register if they want to buy kosher food – that’s hardly surprising.
Even in the UK, worrying numbers of people have expressed support for far-right groups – yet with Corbyn as Labour leader, the number of Jewish people considering leaving has fallen.
It’s a very different story from the prevailing Establishment line – and one you’re unlikely to hear or see highlighted in the mainstream media.
But Guido Fawkes managed to flag it, albeit accidentally.
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