Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson - Labour's anti-Semitism Crisis

David Jamieson starts a new regular podcast for CommonSpace getting behind the noise of the 24/7 social media outrage culture and getting to the heart of the big issues in politics

Beyond the Noise with David Jamieson is a new weekly podcast with CommonSpace journalist David Jamieson, where he gets behind the 24/7 outrage-driven social media news circus to the heart of the big political issues, finding the substance behind the headlines.

In this first episode, Jamieson looks at Labour's anti-Semitism crisis, which has hit its apex this week with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intervention.

Jamieson explains why he considers the claims to be "nonsense" and "mainly just wrong", a smear campaign which has morphed and mutated to the point of absurd claims about Jeremy Corbyn "without any reference to evidence".

Key issues Jamieson explores in the podcast are:

- How the smear campaign has become increasingly unhinged and blatantly anti-Palestinian, including Margaret Hodge's latest comments on Sky News.

- Netanyahu's role in this affair, including his controversial comments about the holocaust and his alliance with Hungarian ruler Viktor Orban.

- Jewish opposition to the anti-Semitism claims in Labour

- The historical development of anti-Semitism and racism in Europe on the right and the left from the early 20th century up to the present

- How the crisis has played out in Scottish politics

- The apparent inability of the Left to be able to be able to respond effectively to the crisis, and what that says about contemporary left politics

Picture courtesy of mrgarethm

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