Publication Date: 20/09/2019 ISBN: 9780745340661 Category:

Bad News for Labour

Greg Philo, Mike Berry, Justin Schlosberg, Antony Lerman, David Miller

Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: 20/09/2019 ISBN: 9780745340661 Category:
Paperback / Softback




During the summer of 2018, numerous members of the Labour Party were accused of anti-Semitic behaviour by their detractors. The controversy reached fever pitch amid claims that the Labour Party had become ‘institutionally racist’ under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, and that the prospect of a Corbyn-led government posed an ‘existential threat’ to Jewish life in Britain. Shrouded in confusion, hyped by the media, whether these accusations were true or not got lost in the mix.

This book clears the confusion by drawing on deep and original research on public beliefs and media representation of antisemitism and the Labour Party, revealing shocking findings of misinformation spread by the press, including the supposedly impartial BBC, and the liberal Guardian.

Bringing in discussions around the IHRA definition, anti-Zionism and Israel/Palestine, as well as including a clear chronology of events, this book is a must for anyone wanting to find out the reality behind the headlines.

Publisher Review

'This compelling, thoughtful text is essential reading for everyone wanting to confront antisemitism on the Left. It provides a benchmark for future research and strategy when tackling this explosive issue of our time' -- Lynne Segal, author of 'Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy' What the careful research reported in this book reveals is a successful disinformation campaign in which the BBC as well as the Guardian have been complicit. Anyone who cares for facts needs to read it. -- Colin Leys, honorary professor at Goldsmiths University of London; author of 'Market-Driven Politics: Neoliberal Democracy and the Public Interest', and, with Stewart Player, 'The Plot Against the NHS' 'The essays in this book provide evidence and arguments that are deeply troubling for all concerned, and demand careful attention.' -- Peter Golding, Emeritus Professor, Northumbria University 'At last! Here is a book that rigorously examines the facts behind the allegations of antisemitism in the Labour Party. The reality is more shocking, and more surprising, than the headlines in the press would have you believe. Here is the evidence - read it. Then learn the lessons suggested here' -- Ken Loach

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