An obvious shock

November 24, 2016 23:26

The overwhelming support for David Cameron’s Conservatives — and the corresponding hostility to Ed Miliband’s Labour — revealed in our poll are at once both unsurprising and shocking. Unsurprising, because the Labour leader appears to regard the Jewish community as simply not worth bothering with — in marked contrast to David Cameron’s constant engagment with British Jews. There are the formulaic appearances at events such as those held by Labour Friends of Israel. But no real attempt has ever been made to speak to our community — indeed the only serious engagement Mr Miliband has had with any issue of particular interest to British Jews was his attack on Israel during last year’s Gaza war. But it is nonetheless astonishing that a community with so many links to the Labour Party should appear almost to have deserted it, or at least to regard its leader with such hostility. When Labour was last in power, the ties were extremely strong. Should Mr Miliband end up as Prime Minister after next month’s election, it is difficult to see the relationship as being anything other than frosty — on both sides. Whatever one’s politics, that cannot be good.

November 24, 2016 23:26

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