Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gordon Brown's speech

I watched Gordon Brown's speech live on BBC News 24:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33950405

Presenter Maxine Mawhinney called it "rambling".

It was a clunking speech from a clunking performer.

You could see it had been written in a hurry as the imagery was hackneyed and unconvincing and the flow was stilted.

Were we really meant to believe that the non-Corbyn contenders are the heirs to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi?

And what a nasty cheap shot to bracket Jeremy Corbyn with Hezbollah and Hamas.

I am a Conservative and have no political liking for any of the Labour leadership candidates.

I am more than ready to throw mud in their direction.

But I do not believe that Jeremy Corbyn is anti-semitic.

I say that as a friend of Israel (and someone quite happy to bless Israel).

I do think Jeremy Corbyn is too caught up in revolutionary socialist theory, and that leads him into awkward hypotheses, but this is all on an intellectual level - it is ridiculous to make inferences about anti-semiticism based on a superficial reading of what are quite dense revolutionary arguments.

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