With the row over anti-semitism in the Labour Party reaching fever pitch, Jeremy Corbyn has offered his most clear recognition yet “that antisemitism has occurred in pockets within the Labour Party”:
Labour is an anti-racist party and I utterly condemn antisemitism, which is why as leader of the Labour Party I want to…
One of the central charges by those calling for tougher action on the issue is the point-blank refusal of some party members to even recognise that there is a problem.
By way of illustration, here are the top two comments on his official Facebook statement, as determined by interactions from other users. With 879 likes, 66 hearts and 19 LOLs:
“I have never seen anti-semiticism [sic] in the Labour Party.”
This is followed by 901 likes, 41 hearts and 11 LOLs for:
“I don’t know what the problem is.”
This is looking like some hill to climb.