The Financial Times on Sadiq Khan, a comment by Political Reporter

The Financial Times has found its candidate for mayor of London, or at least someone who responds to their current manufactured political hysterics . Mr. Sadiq Khan has demonstrated that he can play the political game, like an obedient New Labour political conformist.

For another perspective on Labour’s  ‘Antisemitism Crisis’ see  this article at Vox Political of April 28,2016  titled Livingstone vindicated: There WAS a Nazi-Zionist agreement and Hitler DID support it by Mike Sivier that links to this Wikipedia entry on the Haavara Agreement :

The Haavara Agreement was an agreement between Nazi Germany and Zionist German Jews signed on 25 August 1933.The agreement was finalized after three months of talks by the Zionist Federation of Germany, the Anglo-Palestine Bank (under the directive of the Jewish Agency) and the economic authorities of Nazi Germany.The agreement was designed to help facilitate the emigration of German Jews to Palestine.While it helped Jews emigrate, it forced them to temporarily give up possessions to Germany before departing. Those possessions could later be re-obtained by transferring them to Palestine as German export goods.The agreement was controversial at the time, and was criticised by many Jewish leaders both within the Zionist movement and outside it.Hitler’s own support of the Haavara Agreement was unclear and varied throughout the 1930s.Initially, Hitler criticized the agreement, but reversed his opinion and supported it in the period 1937-1939.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haavara_Agreement

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/04/28/livingstone-vindicated-there-was-a-nazi-zionist-agreement-and-hitler-did-support-it/        Or read Robert Mackey’s essay of April 29,2016 at The Intercept titled: Why a British Fight Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Matters to the Rest of Us

At first glance, the heated argument two members of the British Labour Party conducted in front of reporters’ iPhones on Thursday, sparked by accusations that one of their colleagues posted anti-Semitic comments on Facebook, seems like a story of interest mainly to political junkies in London. When the debate is unpacked, however, it becomes clear that what’s at stake is something much broader: whether critics of Israel, who question its government’s policies or its right to exist as a Jewish state, are engaged in a form of coded anti-Semitism. That matters because attempts to disqualify all critics of Israel as racists are widespread across the globe.

Two perspectives from outside the current carefully massaged political orthodoxy of The Financial Times,a completely obvious campaign not against the menace of Antisemitism in the Labour Party, but against the political apostate Jeremy Corbyn. Mr. Payne’s essay takes its place in the barrage of unapologetic advocacy journalism, to sanitize this campaign against Corbyn!

Political Reporter

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d5b5361c-111a-11e6-839f-2922947098f0.html#axzz47bGNx7vc

My reply to Stephen T:

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Janan Ganesh’s London Spleen, a comment by Political Observer

Dub Mr. Ganesh’s commentaries London Spleen, after Baudelaire‘s posthumously published masterpiece. Mr. Ganesh’s essays are alive with Tory contempt and bile for everyone, who is not a believer in the natural ascendancy of the Tories, and of course the New Labour of Mr. Blair. But on to the business of pillorying and impugning Mr. Corbyn, the favorite sport of The Financial Times and its hirelings: we have come to bury Mr. Corbyn not to praise him!

The conviction of Mr. Corbyn has already taken place, as of the end of April with, at least by my count, 13 ‘news stories’ about Corbyn’s complicity with rampant Antisemitism in the Labour Party. I’ve summed it up in another post but it bears repeating:

The Livingstone and Naz Shah controversies offer a perfect opportunity to not just throw a bit of mud at Mr. Corbyn, but to bring him down as Labour leader.The charges of fostering the growth of Antisemitism within the Party, of associating with known Antisemites and most unforgivable of all just being on the Left.The fact of being on the Left is indicative of moral/political disorder prima facie. After all the FT invented ‘The Rebellion Against The Elites’, and would like to replace Corbyn with a more house-trained  Neo-Liberal, who can wear a proper suit and sing God Save The Queen with gusto. With the proviso that he has the charm and bonhomie of Tony Blair.

At The Financial Times : Antisemitism & Jeremy Corbyn, the manufactured crisis

More political melodrama is afoot, as the days pass we will see a mounting pressure to remove Mr. Corbyn. The machinery of impeachment is alive in the Tory Press and its political wing. There is no longer any real  question of guilt or innocence worth consideration: the avalanche of propaganda is all that it takes to bring down the miscreant and his fellow travelers. The political necromancy of Mr. Ganesh is the necessary intermediate step to political excommunication.

Political Observer

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/67e4e6a8-0e01-11e6-b41f-0beb7e589515.html#axzz47XkPEqyi

For a compelling look at the British Labour Party’s Antisemitism problem see this Intercept essay by Robert Mackey titled

Why a British Fight Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Matters to the Rest of Us

 

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Edward Luce misses two things: America First & Containment, a comment by Political Reporter

There is much to agree with in Mr. Luce’s essay, much that resonates with many Americans. Mr. Trump manages, in his long winded way, to highlight American discontent with its global role as the singular world power, now being supplanted by the rise of China, India and Iran or even the reinvigorated role of Russia. The Failure of The Elites, the foreign policy and economic policy technocrats, who have brought disaster in their vaunted areas of expertise over time – Mr. Luce issues a resounding rebuke across the stunted American political spectrum. The Failure of that Elite is perhaps the twin of the Financial Times’ political party line of The Rebellion Against the Elites, Trump and Sanders being its two dramatis personae, in the American political context.

Mr. Luce in his polemic misses two salient points of Mr. Trump’s rambling foreign policy chatter: America First and Containment.

America First Committee as described by a Wikipedia entry:

The America First Committee (AFC) was the foremost non-interventionist pressure group against the American entry into World War II. Peaking at 800,000 paid members in 450 chapters, it was one of the largest anti-war organizations in American history.[1][2] Started on September 4, 1940, it was dissolved on December 10, 1941, three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor had brought the war to America.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America_First_Committee

Charles A. Lindbergh  was its spokesman, and it had many prominent supporters, yet its historical reputation is disreputable at best. This dubiousness attaches itself to Trump as a function of the use of the title. Call it historical baggage.

Containment was a theory first articulated by George F. Kennan in the Long Telegram, later published in the ‘July 1947 issue of Foreign Affairs with the pseudonym “X”, entitled “The Sources of Soviet Conduct” ‘

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_F._Kennan

The Sources of Soviet Conduct:

http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/disp_textbook.cfm?smtID=3&psid=3629

Walter Lippmann criticizes the Containment theory here:

http://www.learner.org/workshops/primarysources/coldwar/docs/lippman.html

Even Kennan repudiated his theory later in his career. So what we as readers are confronted with in Trump’s Foreign Policy address is an exercise in dubious, even unwitting political nostalgia for two failed ideas/practices: America First and Containment, due to willful historical ignorance, nothing new when it comes to Trump. As I recall Trump said to an audience, give me your vote I’ll know what to do.

The failure of those policy technocrats is here amplified with this news from Iraq:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Hundreds of supporters of Shi’ite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr stormed into Baghdad’s Green Zone on Saturday and set up tents beside parliament after Sadr denounced politicians’ failure to reform a political quota system blamed for rampant corruption.

The protesters, who had gathered outside the heavily fortified district housing government buildings and many foreign embassies, crossed a bridge over the Tigris River chanting: “The cowards ran away!” in apparent reference to departing lawmakers.

The initial breach was mostly peaceful, but around sunset security forces fired teargas and bullets into the air in an effort to stop more protesters from entering. Around a dozen people were wounded, police sources said.

http://www.businessinsider.com/hundreds-of-demonstrators-stormed-the-heavily-secured-green-zone-in-baghdad-2016-4

Political Reporter

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/61b84bb4-0d5f-11e6-ad80-67655613c2d6.html#axzz47LrFIllT

 

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@prospect_uk @johnmcternan

Cut off the head, Corbyn, the posited enabler of Antisemites, so that New Labour’s sycophants, i.e. Blair clones of Thatcherites, can regain control of the Party. Take your cue from Strauss, and his political ally/confederate Carl Schmitt: sow the seeds of political rancor and hate, masquerading as political virtue, bound together by myth making or just plain lies. After all  Isaiah Berlin set the standards for ‘Liberalism’s probity and directness! But be chastened by the singular idea of Schmitt’s, that the world is divided between friends and enemies. In practice Mr.Berlin’s conformist sensibility made him a natural follower of Schmitt.

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David Caute and Tariq Ali both provide some useful insights into the exercise of Mr. Berlin’s Liberalism, in situ.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/28/the-dishonesties-of-isaiah-berlin/

Political Observer

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At The Financial Times : Antisemitism & Jeremy Corbyn, the manufactured crisis

At The Financial Times Robert Shrimsley opines on April 28, 2016:

How Jeremy Corbyn turned me into a political Jew. It is simply impossible to vote for a Labour party that does not appear to like us.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/5e642d92-0c57-11e6-9456-444ab5211a2f.html#axzz47LrFIllT

A Financial Times April 28,2016 editorial states:

Jeremy Corbyn’s halfhearted shrug over anti-Semitism.The Labour leader’s failure on this issue is tarnishing his leadership.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/433ec60e-0c60-11e6-9456-444ab5211a2f.html#axzz47LrFIllT

The Financial Times editors even resurrect this February 19, 2016 essay by Simon Schama:

The left’s problem with Jews has a long and miserable history. Anti-Israel demonstrations are in danger of morphing into anti-Semitism, writes Simon Schama

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d6a75c3c-d6f3-11e5-829b-8564e7528e54.html#axzz47LrFIllT

Also see this picture of the suggested stories that might be of interest to me because of my browsing history, under the Shrimsley essay:

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The Livingstone and Naz Shah controversies offer a perfect opportunity to not just throw a bit of mud at Mr. Corbyn, but to bring him down as Labour leader.The charges of fostering the growth of Antisemitism within the Party, of associating with known Antisemites and most unforgivable of all just being on the Left.The fact of being on the Left is indicative of moral/political disorder prima facie. After all the FT invented ‘The Rebellion Against The Elites’, and would like to replace Corbyn with a more house-trained  Neo-Liberal, who can wear a proper suit and sing God Save The Queen with gusto. With the proviso that he has the charm and bonhomie of Tony Blair.

Almost Marx

 

 

 

 

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Bagehot on the moral/political danger of Jeremy Corbyn, a comment by Almost Marx

Its April 30th 2016 and this has been published at Vox Political: titled Livingstone vindicated: There WAS a Nazi-Zionist agreement and Hitler DID support it published April 28, 2016 : http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/04/28/livingstone-vindicated-there-was-a-nazi-zionist-agreement-and-hitler-did-support-it/

‘It turns out all those who clamoured for Ken Livingstone to be suspended from the Labour Party – on the basis that Nazi Germany and Zionist Jews never had an agreement – were completely wrong.
Perhaps John Mann needs to reconsider his actions of earlier today (April 28) – along with all those who accused Livingstone of “rewriting history” when he really was simply quoting it.’

Read the rest of this enlightening essay and wonder why The Economist hasn’t at the least acknowledged the facts of the case?
This isn’t about the cancer of Antisemitism destroying the Labour Party, but about an Economist Witch Hunt against Jeremy Corbyn! The Bagehot column has become one more instrument in the Anti-Corbyn phalanx, as if one more were needed!
Bagehot even spells out the game plan, such as it is, about not just the political danger of Corbyn, but the moral threat of his leadership: never let a manufactured crisis go to waste!

The truth is that Labour is dying, and every MP who thinks she can wash her hands of responsibility for that with the odd disapproving tweet has another thing coming. Today’s fracas will repeat itself, in slightly different forms, again and again, burying any scraps of self-respect (let alone electability in the next decades) the party has left. Perhaps there is a case for not rocking the boat before the European referendum. But then moderates must move to oust Corbyn. If they fail, they should proceed with the Haines solution. I see no good reason why if, say, 100 MPs and a sizeable minority of members quit and set up a Labour Party with integrity, they could not give the Conservatives a run for their money in 2020. This would not be “abandoning” their party. But staying put would be.

One more thing: Zionists are continually re-enacting the conditions of their European oppression upon, not just the Palestinians, but on African Refugees, Jewish and Non-Jewish, and on the Bedouins.

Almost Marx

http://www.economist.com/blogs/bagehot/2016/04/labour-disarray

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Jacob Weisberg to Bernie: Surrender!

In sum, Jacob Weisberg argues the case for Clinton as her supporters have argued it: Bernie has lost and it is now time for him to step aside gracefully and cede to Mrs. Clinton. Mr. Weisberg extemporizes on the theme here at The Financial Times of The Rebellion Against The Elites, but in a more carefully modified, a less hysterical tone, as if he were trying to reason with a child. Call his tone patronizing, to be charitable!  I’m a voter in California and I have yet to cast my ballot, and when I do it will be for Bernie. I’m heartened to see that Sanders will persist in his Quixotic Crusade, till then, ignoring the Clinton Apologists like Mr. Weisberg, and the rest of the experts and the almost technocrats.

Is it a surprise that Mr. Weisberg uses this platform to advocate ‘Free Trade ‘ as codified in the TPP as some sort of answer to our present economic doldrums? Obama has become its champion, but Clinton has discarded her enthusiasm, Bernie bullied her into it, as Weisberg tells it. At least until after her election? Free Market Utopianism has not just failed, but crashed in a deafening thud! And what do those advocates of that failed utopianism offer now? the mirage of ‘Free Trade’ as its replacement. One Utopianism followed by another? But call the TPP  by its proper name Corporatism.

One can see more than clearly that Mrs. Clinton of not just a Hawk ,but in all but name a Neo-Conservative. With a disturbingly worshipful attitude to Netanyahu, as her speech at AIPAC made clear. If one has the enthusiastic support of both Jeffrey Goldberg and Wm. Kristol, that is proof of her – yet compared to her presumptive rival Trump, she almost appears to be rational and level headed.

Mr. Weisberg closes his essay on an almost elegiac note, that resembles more of the shopworn patronizing tone that pervades the whole of his essay:

Mr Sanders’ most significant effect will be felt over time. As the overwhelming choice of voters under 35, he points the way towards a more progressive future for the Democratic party. Millennial voters strongly prefer his European social democratic model to the centrist one represented by the Clintons. At 74, Mr Sanders will not be the one to lead his young followers into the promised land. Nonetheless, he has brought a more radical political future into view.

StephenKMackSD

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/48197fc4-0df1-11e6-b41f-0beb7e589515.html#axzz47Dvp3LwD

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