THE NEW STATESMAN magazine has told its readers that it cannot back Labour for the General Election of 2019.
The left-leaning magazine has always come out and supported Labour. It backed Ed Miliband in 2015 and Jeremy Corbyn in 2017.
But it appears that due to Mr Corbyn’s leadership on issues such as antisemitism, the highboy influential magazine has withdrawn its support for Labour.
The editor of the New Statesman Jason Cowley has deep roots with Harlow.
He was brought up here and went to Latton Bush Comprehensive. He recently appeared at a book reading event at the Harlow Playhouse and follows events in his home town closely.
Mr Cowley gave a great deal of coverage to the closer of Osler House as his family had lived in Prentice Place in the sixties. His aunt, Connie Scott still lived in Potter Street and appeared on national television as she expressed her disquiet over the closure.
With Harlow Labour’s candidate Laura McAlpine being so closely allied to Jeremy Corbyn and also embroiled in controversy over antisemitism,, she may well disappointed not to get the esteemed magazine’s backing.
The key part of the editor states:
“….the essential judgement that must be made is on Mr Corbyn himself. His reluctance to apologise for the anti-Semitism in Labour and to take a stance on Brexit, the biggest issue facing the country, make him unfit to be prime minister.
In response to anti-Semitism, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a body established by the last Labour government, has launched a formal investigation of a political party for only the second time in its history (the first being the fascist British National Party). The chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, and the Jewish Chronicle have issued unprecedented warnings about Mr Corbyn to the electorate. The Jewish Labour Movement, for the first time in its history, has refused to endorse the party and will only campaign for “exceptional candidates”.
We have no reason to quarrel with their judgement. As Anthony Julius, a senior lawyer and academic, wrote to the historian Richard Evans in an open letter on the New Statesman: “A party that cannot be trusted in relation to Jews cannot be trusted at all.” (Professor Evans subsequently retracted his support for Labour.)”.
The New Statesman has been keen to stress that it is not supporting any party.
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