Lobster on the Anti-Semitism Accusations and the Decline of the Tory Party

Robin Ramsey, the editor of Lobster, put up these observations on the allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour party, and the dwindling, aging membership of the Tories in the magazine’s ‘View from the Bridge’ column in this half-year’s edition, issue 71.

Party Politics

The media claims in the past couple of months that the Labour
Party has a problem with anti-semitism among its members,
is obviously essentially a smear from the right (routine party
politics). But it is also an illustration of the central tactic in the
pro-Israel media playbook: accuse anyone who criticises Israel
of being an anti-semite.

While the Labour Party’s membership has ballooned
since Corbyn became leader, the Conservative Party is in
what may be terminal decline: membership has fallen from
253,000 to 140,00 since Cameron was chosen; 290 of the
Party’s 650 associations have fewer than 100 members;
and the average age of the members is over 60 and may be
as high as 68. In short, the Conservative Party is moving
towards the American model of a group of professional
politicos, funded by sections of the 1% who buy the policies
which benefit them. In the case of the Conservatives that
group of the 1% is currently American hedge funds based in

For more information about what’s really going on, see: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster71/lob71-view-from-the-bridge.pdf

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