Even by its own sometimes paranoiac standards, Labour’s response to the BBC Panorama programme about the party’s alleged antisemitism crisis, and indeed to the longer history of accusations of anti-Jewish racism within its ranks, has been depressing.
The official response of the party and its cheerleaders in the media can be summed up in two words: denial and distraction.
Denial comprises the notion that the problem is overstated, misunderstood and, in so far as it applies to Jeremy Corbyn and those around him, manifestly absurd. That is the defensive arm of the strategy.
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