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Not-so-fabulous wealth

By David Aaronovitch, October 8, 2015

When I was a boy walking on Hampstead Heath I'd catch, as the old ladies went by, an accent you never hear now. I asked a parent what it was. The ladies were Viennese, I was told, and very refined. And there we left it.

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Corbyn and the racist mob

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 8, 2015

At the end of July I devoted this column to the candidature of Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of the Labour Party. I concluded thus: "Corbyn… has a problem with Jews… This fear - of imagined Jewish power - has haunted the Labour Party from the moment of its foundation. A Corbyn victory would at last bring this apparition into the open, where it desperately needs to be."

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A high degree of foolishness

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 1, 2015

Over this coming weekend a conference will take place at the University of Exeter on the theme "Settler Colonialism in Palestine".

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My regrets at being exiled

By Oliver Kamm, October 1, 2015

Politics has all changed, and at the same time not changed at all. Over the past few weeks, almost all JC regular columnists, including me, have had something to say about the implausible rise of Jeremy Corbyn to lead Britain's main opposition party.

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Let's get behind moderates

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 24, 2015

I go to churches, I go to mosques, I go to synagogues. I find the power of faith very interesting." So said the new leader of the Labour Party. And of course he does. Of course Jeremy Corbyn believes in the power of faith, because, after all, he is a man of faith.

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Not lies but damned statistics

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 24, 2015

Here's an anniversary no one appears to be celebrating: 50 years ago, the Board of Deputies established a "Statistical and Demographic Research Unit." You've never heard of it? That's hardly surprising, because it no longer exists.

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Friends who are enemies

By Jonathan Freedland, September 17, 2015

Lots is uncertain in British politics just now, but here's one prediction you can bet on: if Labour goes into the next general election led by Jeremy Corbyn, the party will receive the lowest Jewish vote in its history.

Part of the explanation predates the new leader.

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Sinister truth of a terrorist myth

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 17, 2015

Would you like to hear some good news that should be welcomed by all genuine peace lovers?

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Why join a House of Disgrace?

By Geoffrey Alderman, September 11, 2015

Stuart Polak, director of the Conservative Friends of Israel, has just been elevated to the peerage. This would appear to be good news, both for Mr Polak himself and for British Jewry. But I'm unable to join in the celebrations.

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The response to the migration crisis is blinkered emoting

By Melanie Phillips, September 10, 2015

The pictures of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose drowned body was washed up on a Turkish beach after his Syrian Kurdish parents set out for Europe in a dinghy, produced an outpouring of sorrow and a clamour to "do something" to which politicians have been scrambling to respond.

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