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Posts tagged ‘irony’

WH: Is Corbyn an anti-semite?

yesterday evening (sunday 23rd), 10.43-10.54pm, on bbc radio 4
westminster hour (presented by carolyn quinn) includes …

The bitter row over anti-semitism dominated the summer for Labour. Not surprisingly, it is an important issue at Conference as well … Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr this morning that he would ‘die fighting racism in any form’, but will that satisfy critics who feel that he has strayed into anti-semitic territory himself?”

including contributions from …
• bbc reporter mark lobel
• journalist jonathan freedland
matt zarb-cousin, former Labour press officer
margaret hodge mp
neil coyle mp
• journalist zoe williams

Marr: Is Corbyn an anti-semite?

this morning (sunday 23rd), 10.40-10.53am, on bbc 1 tv
the andrew marr show includes …

Jeremy Corbyn, are you an anti-semite?

during interview with …
jeremy corbyn


Sunday: Sacks on Corbyn

this morning (sunday 2nd), 7.45-7.53am, on bbc radio 4
sunday (presented by edward stourton) concludes with interview with …
• former chief rabbi lord sacks

“Just like the Powell speech, it identified a group of British citizens and said, in effect, they’re not really part of us, they’re an alien element, and that is classic anti-semitism. … The fact is, anti-semitism has returned to mainland Europe, Jews have been murdered in Paris, in Toulouse, in Marseilles, simply for being Jews. When a public figure issues an utterance that has echoes of that anti-semitism, and is in effect opening the door, letting the demons out, then that becomes very very dangerous. And of course there’s a big difference between Enoch Powell and Jeremy Corbyn: there was never the slightest possibility that Enoch Powell would ever become Prime Minister, but Jeremy Corbyn is leader of Her Majesty’s opposition, and might become Prime Minister. Let me tell you vast numbers of British Jews are very disturbed and anxious about that.”


6ocn: Deputies urge Labour

this evening (wednesday 29th), 6.08-6.09pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 12.10am on midnight news)
six o’clock news includes …

“A group representing Jewish communities has written to the Labour Party urging it to take essential steps to address the row over anti-semitism. The letter, from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, is a reply to one from the party outlining what it is doing to deal with the issue.“

including report from …
• bbc reporter susana mendonca

PM/6ocn: Sacks condemns Corbyn

this afternoon (tuesday 28th), 5.02-5.03pm, 5.16-5.19pm, and 6.01-6.04pm, on bbc radio 4
pm (presented by simon jack) includes, and six o’clock news leads with, …

“The former Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, has described the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as ‘an anti-semite who had given support to racists terrorists and dealers of hate’.”

including reports from …
• bbc reporter tom barton

Today: Corbyn’s English irony

this morning (friday 24th), 8.43-8.46am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by kamal ahmed) includes …

“Could I just ask you finally about headlines in the papers today and yesterday, around a speech made by Jeremy Corbyn in 2017, where he was quoted as saying – this raises again the issues around anti-semitism in the Labour Party – where he says that ’Zionists in Britain don’t understand English irony’?“

including interview with …
john mcdonnell mp
(for video of original 2013 speech, see
(for daily mail article, see

Corbyn on irony

online only (speech by • jeremy corbyn, originally recorded 19th january 2013)

“[Manuel Hassassian’s speech] was dutifully recorded by the thankfully silent Zionists who were in the audience on that occasion, and then came up and berated him afterwards for what he’d said.
They clearly have two problems. One is they don’t want to study history, and secondly, having lived in this country for a very long time, probably all their lives, they don’t understand English irony either’.”

(see also
(the words ‘British’ or ‘Britain’ were not actually used: the daily mail and the bbc have very reasonably inferred them)
(irony, n.: saying something untrue or offensive, but claiming to mean the opposite)
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