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Unlike Labour, the Tories would never survive an anti-Semitism scandal

18 April 2018

12:29 PM

18 April 2018

12:29 PM

Yesterday, Parliament debated anti-Semitism. It is hard to get over the oddness of the situation. It is 150 years ago since the Conservatives produced their first Jewish leader: Benjamin Disraeli became Prime Minister on 27 February 1868.

If the Tory party in the 21st century had a leader who was seen as tolerant of anti-Semitism, and was backed by its most anti-Semitic factions, the scandal would bring him and/or it crashing to the ground. Yet with Labour, this is not so. Mr Corbyn is a bit uneasy with his predicament, but not fearing for his political life. How have we got here?

This is an extract from Charles Moore’s Notes. The full article will be available in this week’s issue.


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