This week Finchley and Golders Green Labour Party voted to reject the membership of the antisemitic Daniel Margrain. As well as attacking parliamentary candidate Jeremy Newmark as “a hard-line Zionist and member of the Israel lobby who has lied about antisemitism”, Margrain also wrote of “the over-representation of Jews in the capitalist ruling class that gives the Israel-Zionist lobby it’s [sic] power”.
Good for Jeremy Newmark and the majority (44 – 18) who voted to reject Margrain’s membership. However, we have two serious questions.
1. Who were the 18 (well over a quarter of those present) who thought Mr Margrain a fit and proper person to be member of a self-proclaimed anti-racist party? and
2. If there are this many members who are OK with antisemitism in Finchley and Golders Green of all places, how deep does the rot go elsewhere?