Another week, another Labour racism story. This time, Jeremy Corbyn has been interviewed by a YouTube star – in support of ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, no less! – who turns out to have a track record of racist and anti-Semitic tweets.
The ever-diligent Guido has the scoop, having simply gone back through David Vujanic’s timeline to unearth several ‘jokes’ about, amongst other things “racial banter with my ethnic friends”, Hitler playing the “Jew challenge game”, as well as others targeting black men and, for good measure, women.
Labour staff might consider it misfortune that they neglected this basic due diligence. After all, how epically un-self-aware do you need to be to take a high-profile anti-racism gig with a back catalogue like that? But the Opposition’s chronic problems with racism really ought to have them paranoid about this by now. Here are a few highlights:
Hugh Gaffney MP
Emma Dent Coad MP
Jared O’Mara MP
These examples stand out not just because of how close Corbyn is to all of them – the MPs were all elected under his leadership – but because they pick on targets who aren’t Jews. A post providing a detailed chronicle of Labour anti-Semitism would have to be much longer, although we wouldn’t be short for examples personally starring the Leader of the Opposition.
It ought to be a matter of deep concern for the Tories, therefore, that despite all this they still managed to lose substantial ground amongst ethnic minority voters at the last election.