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Professor Tim Bale, On anti-Semitism, new and old Labour members are moving in the same direction


Tim Bale, Professor in Politics at Queen Mary, had an article published in the New Statesman about Labour members’ attitudes to anti-Semitism.
He writes: “This one-third to two-thirds shift suggests that it’s wrong to portray Labour members, especially those who joined the party to support Jeremy Corbyn, as effectively sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting “La, La, La, I can’t hear you.” In fact, rather than doubling down on blinkered defiance, they have begun to realise that anti-Semitism is indeed a genuine problem for their party, even if they’re still rather defensive about it.”
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