Labour: Shami Chakrabarti and the Jew who wanted to be an Essex Man
What next for the ubiquitous Shami Chakrabarti, whose June 2016 report for the Labour Party found no anti-semitism in its ranks? Shami – not a Jew – became a Labour peer in August 2016. The Standard says she’s in line to be Jeremy Corbyn’s new shadow attorney general in his cabinet of all the talents.
TheLabour Party supporting New Statesman – the magazine that brought news of a “Kosher conspiracy” – says Chakrabarti will get the job next week. The magazine says the woman who chaired the party’s anti-Semitism inquiry “wants to do more” and the “gig is a no brainer”.
And let us be clear, Shamni loves Jews. She enjoys seeing them in the ranks. It makes her feel better about things. At a rally in Liverpool, Chakrabarti, made a plea to Jewish Labour voters unnerved by the rife anti-Semitism in the far left of the party: “Please don’t go. Don’t leave me here, don’t leave me locked in a room with Essex Man… I don’t want to be left alone with people who lack the vision and views that you and I bring to this party as members of minority groups.”
No racism in Labour. Hell, no. But plenty of nose-holding elitism in a party that doesn’t like Essex Man, which appears to be code for the white working class. And you Jews are just like blacks, Asians, Muslims, Hindus and… are there any Inuits in the Labour house of all the creeds? (Raises hand.) Woot! We’re all right! Labour is all right! Your all so lovely and ethnic.
Maybe Shami Chakrabarti can chair a Labour inquiry into the kind of bigotry spouted by people who see ethnic minorities as essentially superior to monocular ‘Essex man’? Who knows, if she finds none, there might even be bigger civil gong in it for her…