How to Alienate half of a Nation by accusing us of being Anti-Semitic?


The memoir written by Toby Young in 2011, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People appears to be reappearing in this tweet a couple of days ago which has claimed that when Philip Hammond attacked the Boris Brexit backers in the City of London that Philip was being Anti-Semitic. Now since this tweet appeared a number of people have pointed out that a wide range of the very wealthy people who have been trying to force us to leave on a certain date without a deal or with a very dangerous deal, are certainly not Jewish. Indeed it appears that Toby has now apologised because understandably Philip threatened to take Toby to Court for making such an offensive claim. However there is a clear challenge for all of us who wish to remain in the EU and are prepared to call for a more credible approach by our Government which is currently in such an appalling state with Johnson claiming that a hard border in the Northern Ireland, a few miles from the border will be acceptable. What we need is the ability to hold conversations and indeed to make statements but not to make threats on one another. It is clear that Anti-Semitism in its reality is a Hate Crime and it requires all of us to be very quick to challenge it. However every time someone with a high-ish profile and who works as an associate editor of a high profile magazine like the Spectator claims there has been Anti-Semitism, simply to try to offend someone who is not being Anti-Semitic, the prospect of the Anti-Semitism being heavily diluted is increased. The apology from Young to Hammond needs to be extended to the Jewish community and he needs to be a great deal more careful in his tweets in the future.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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