The state of British politics

This morning I listened to BBC Radio 4 Today to ‘catch up’ with what is going on in the world and especially in the UK. Anyone listening could not fail (as usual) to be worried by what they heard.

It seems to me that we are in a bad way on so many levels. Whether from a Party-political point of view, where the main parties are in various forms of chaos driven from within by scandals such as antisemitism in the Labour Party, or leadership problems elsewhere or because it seems increasingly unclear what the main Parties stand for, or clarity as to how they have really changed in recent years. I am confused and I am sure many others are as well.

Many Parties are now attempting to ‘buy’ support by offering short-term ‘bribes’, many of which do little for the long term or ‘broad well-being’ of the UK. There now seem to be so many minority groups and people pandering to them, that any clear view of the majority (and their common values) is becoming ever more difficult to see or understand. Then there is Brexit and what has, is or will happened since the referendum 2 years ago. It seems to infect (and arguably should impinge on) every aspect of our lives. The trouble is that many people (predominantly younger people) seem indifferent to/ill-informed about Brexit or, more worryingly, about politics more generally. Clearly, there are some younger people who are very engaged in politics, or what they see as ‘politics’, however they seem to be predominantly on the left of the spectrum and very gullible to/very short-sighted on the ‘bribes’ offered by Jeremy Corbin and his acolytes.

So why is no-one standing up and offering new alternatives or sorting many of these issues out within the Parties themselves? Why are the ‘majority’ (from ‘left’ and ‘right’) not ‘standing up’ and ‘being counted’?

With a General Election still a few years away, the opportunities for people to ‘go round in circles’ and basing their actions on the outputs or even fake news from various forms of media (that are primarily also doing lots of ‘naval gazing’ in an attempt to reconcile their position and responsibilities in the age and rise of social media) are undoubtedly rife in and potentially destructive of all established sections of the political spectrum.

Antisemitism

Undoubtedly, antisemitism seems to be the issue of the day. Why is that?

It all seems to have come to a head because of the actions (or in this case inaction) of Jeremy Corbyn and the image that was, even to a blind man, antisemitic.

It’s amazing to me that in a country that has a Judeo-Christian heritage going back for many centuries and particularly following the atrocities of World War II (not to mention the treatment of the Jews by many European civilisations), that there are still people who have a problem with the Jews…and Israel.

To start with, Israel is a small democratic country that is entirely surrounded by many other countries with massively larger populations that have sworn to destroy it and, as a consequence, go to some considerable lengths to defend its own values and a (albeit relatively new) space on this planet. There seem to be too many people (and even Jews) spouting their views on Israel on the BBC and elsewhere, who have surprisingly limited knowledge and understanding about Israel.

Now we have the Jews. What have they ever done to offend or impose their way of life or values on anyone in the U.K. or elsewhere? In most cases, we dont even know they are Jews sitting next to us on the bus, or or the train. If only this could all be said of other religions that are ‘alien’ to our historic values and ideals and ‘wear their beliefs on their sleeves’.

I for one, certainly don’t understand and I don’t know anyone who knows anyone… … …who is antisemitic.

The issue that has brought this to a head for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party, may have been blown out of proportion, but he did do and say what he did in 2012 in relation to ‘that image’ and his unwillingness to provide an adequate rebuff to the accusations of antisemitism against him and the Labour Party, that are rife at the moment, probably says more about more about Palestine and his support for that, than any antisemitic stance. I was especially interested to see that the BBC showed ‘that image’ openly on a number of their programmes and wondered what would have happened (and what the reaction would have been in certain quarters) if there had been something similar shown, for example, about Islam or LGBT issues – I will leave you to decide!

It will be interesting to see what happens outside Parliament this evening when the Jewish community, who have patently had enough, gather to meet and stand their ground. I, for one, am with them all 100%…