The other big topic of discussion at the Labour Party Conference is anti-Semitism, false allegations of which have been used to suspend innumerable members of the party and so stop them voting Jeremy Corbyn for leader.
Most of these allegations have come either from anti-Corbyn Labourites or anonymous characters, presumably supporters of the state of Israel.
But our own Thanet MP, Tory Craig Mackinlay, tried a novel variation on the practice.
A few days before Jeremy came to the Great Ramsgate Rally, which obviously propelled him to victory in the leadership race, Craig wrote to him claiming that four of the Tory MP’s constituents (including our very own Christine Tongue) were “examples of anti-Semitism,” – quoting, I have to say, pretty pathetic evidence taken from social media.
Christine was so horrified by Craig’s attack on her that she submitted a formal complaint to the Comssioner for Parliamentary Standards.
In the event the four constituents were quite rightly not suspended and, I’m sure, all ended up voting for the triumphant Jeremy.
But why ever did our Craig go in for this bit of nastiness? A desire to combat anti-Semitism in the Labour Party? Really? On the part of a Tory MP who was actually one of the founders of UKIP?
No, I don’t think so either.
More likely it has something to do with the fact that three of the people he picked on recently took part in a demonstration against local arms maker Instro Precision.
Instro are owned by an Israeli company and Craig declared the demonstration an act “reeking of anti-Semitism.”
Now this seems a bit odd, not to say nonsensical, as the demo was actually organised by the Campaign Against the Arms Trade a long-standing pressure group who for many years have been protesting against the arms trade – utterly irrespective of the nationality of the arms-maker. In fact mostly CAAT go after our own British “dealers in death”.
So maybe, just maybe, it has less to do with Craig’s concerns about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party more to do with the fact that back in February our boy Craig was funded to the tune of £2,000 by Conservative Friends of Israel Ltd to go on a “fact finding” trip to Israel.
What do you reckon?