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Yet all of them will be brought to justice — if not in this world, then in the next. The Catholic Church teaches that Hell exists and the soul is eternal. (Pope Francis is most unlikely to have denied these doctrines in conversation with a nonagenarian journalist, knowing as he must that in The Inferno Dante encounters one of the Pope’s predecessors in torment.) A special circle of Tartarus should be reserved for the anti-Semites, and especially those hypocrites who take refuge in the specious subterfuge “anti-Zionism”, denying Jews alone the right of self-determination, yet attributing to them inordinate power.

One such is Jeremy Corbyn’s close ally, the overrated film director Ken Loach, whose profile by David Herman appears elsewhere in this issue. Mr Loach recently told a meeting of Labour Party faithful that the 30 MPs who took part in a demonstration against anti-Semitism should be “kicked out”. Such accusations came from “the Israeli government”, which was “infiltrating and undermining the Labour Left”. He asked another Labour gathering: “Why aren’t the Board of Deputies demonstrating outside of Tory party headquarters? We know why.” If the Labour Party were to take power, he claimed, “you [would] have the full range of international capital against us”.

With friends like that, it was no surprise that Mr Corbyn decided to attend a private Seder last month with Jewdas, a group that like Mr Loach denies Labour anti-Semitism as “cynical manipulation”, yet describes Israel as “a steaming pile of sewage which needs to be properly disposed of”. Maureen Lipman reminds us that she first sounded the alarm about anti-Semitism five years ago, much to the annoyance of the then Labour leader, Ed Miliband. Where did she do so? In Standpoint, of course.

In his superb new book about Rupert Murdoch, The Murdoch Method, Irwin Stelzer quotes the great media mogul addressing his executives in 1995: “We have made some bad mistakes along the way. We have had our share of one-issue magazines . . . But we’re still here.” Ten years later Standpoint, too, is still here.

Our leitmotif has always been the defence of the West. We pay attention to the morphology of civilisations and the shape-shifting manifestations of barbarism. There must surely be room for one magazine dedicated to all that is civilised, past and present, and read by those of inquiring minds. Standpoint survives only thanks to you, the readers. We, like you, are burdened by anxiety about the future of Western civilisation just as the prophet Isaiah tells us the people of Edom were at the prospect of the fall of Babylon. “He calleth to me out of Seir: Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come.”        
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amcdonald
May 10th, 2018
2:05 PM
It`s totally disgusting the way poncey politicians and the mass media sides with terrorist Iran against non-poncey President Trump and Israel. The EU is not protecting the west or any civilisation. Nor is any political party in the UK. Why do the tories want to do business with the disgusting liars of the Iranian govt mafia ? Only our glorious Brexit will prevent the UK sliding further into the near gothic horror described in The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray. Melania Trump is also fabulous. If the Labour Party doesn`t kick out the anti-semites and islamist infitrators it is committing suicide. Is anyone bringing a camel and a bag of sand to our next royal wedding ? It won`t be Tariq Ramadan for sure.

Lawrence James
April 28th, 2018
7:04 AM
What exactly has the great powers proxy war for paramountcy in Syria got to do with the saving of 'civilisation' ? Cynics might consider this struggle to reflect badly on the values of 'civilisation'.

amcdonald
April 27th, 2018
3:04 PM
A statue of Amber Rudd made of mud. A statue of Theresa May made of hay. A statue of the Pope made of soap. A statue of Julie Burchill made of stainless steel. The 17.4 million Brits who voted Leave surpassed `the spirit of 1968`. Brexit is more famous than Trump who will be in London on Friday 13 July. He shares several delusions of adequacy with the Tories so it should be a great media day. The Trumpophobics will also be there adding to the gaiety of nations. The May 3 elections may well be the next `quiet revolution` and glorious dawn. With a Labour victory.

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