Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Corbyn and the mural

The Board of Deputies of British Jews issued a statement, "Enough is Enough". The statement accuses Jeremy Corbyn of being anti-Semitic. It is a response to a comment Corbyn left on a Facebook post in 2012. The post was about a mural by Mear One that the local authority were about to destroy. Corbyn asked why and he referred to an earlier work of art that had been destroyed. The alleged anti-Semitism lies in the assumed fact that the mural is blatantly and horribly anti-Semitic.

The BBC (and the rest of the British corporate media) decided to make much of this alleged anti-Semitism. Indeed, they treated the allegation as a fact beyond question and made the story about why Corbyn and his supporters in the Labour Party are anti-Semitic and what Corbyn ought to do about it. A rather obvious case of begging the question.

In fact, the mural is not anti-Semitic. It is in fact anti-capitalist, specifically, anti-finance capitalism, the system that almost destroyed the global economy as recently as 2007/8 and had to be rescued by ordinary people's taxes to the tune of trillions of... well various currencies, including pounds and dollars and euros - state support that has ever since been used to justify the austerity programmes that Jeremy Corbyn opposes.

Indeed, the Board of Deputies' statement actually makes it clear (assuming one reads it carefully) that the charge of anti-Semitism is merely window dressing. What they really object to about Jeremy Corbyn is his "far left" politics. The statement makes it clear that the Board of Deputies are actually concerned about class, rather than religion or ethnicity.

The BBC is required by its charter to be impartial. However, the people who run the BBC have a very unique interpretation of the word, as can be seen by their absurd treatment of this non-story, which accurately represented would have been: Jeremy Corbyn posted a neutral comment on a Facebook page years ago. However, when it comes to Jeremy Corbyn (amongst others) the BBC interprets its duty of impartiality to mean misrepresentation, disinformation, propagandising, smearing, inventing lies and generally defaming. Indeed, the BBC Trust itself acknowledged that Laura Kuenssberg fabricated an interview with Jeremy Corbyn to completely misrepresent his views. Nevertheless, the BBC's management disagreed with the governing body's finding and claimed that Kuenssberg is an outstanding journalist. This does of course all too clearly reveal what constitutes "journalism" in the corporate world. 

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