Britain’s Lurch Left Brings Hate Into the European Mainstream

The astonishing landslide victory of extremist Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership election for Britain’s Labour Party is being widely interpreted as likely to ensure that their Conservative foes will remain in power for a long time. The Tories are happy about this and mainstream Labour activists sadly agree that their party — which seemed invincible a decade ago at the apex of Tony Blair’s prime ministership — has rendered itself unelectable. That’s good news for those who hope to keep the “special relationship” between the U.S and Britain alive (a group that does not appear to include President Obama) and believe a responsible Conservative government in London will help preserve the alliance. But no one should be celebrating Corbyn’s triumph, least of all Britain’s Jewish community. Even if Corbyn never gets closer to the prime minister’s seat on the government’s front bench in Westminster than his current perch as leader of the opposition of parliament, the elevation of a person who holds the views that he has embraced sends a chilling message for the future of British Jewry and that of Europe as a whole at a time of increasing anti-Semitism.

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