Neviim Tovim, blogs by Gillian Gould Lazarus

Archive for November 2019

For the first time, an unfriendly comment appeared on my blog. It was this:

You’re just a typical white racist tory who has no problems with Windrush deportations or tory Islamaphobia. You get no support from the BAME community for a reason, you racist tory filth.

What made it surprising is that the comment followed my recent post connected with an aspect of the Yom Kippur liturgy; in other words, a politically neutral piece. Possibly, the author of the comment had looked at my Twitter account and noticed my aversion to Mr Corbyn. He or she might then have inferred that I was a Conservative. Someone suggested that the comment might have come from a bot. This is possible. My bot divination skills are less than rudimentary. There is also the possibility that the person intended to reply to another person on another blog or another post on my own blog.

The phrase ‘Why don’t you f off and join the Tories’ is associated with devotees of Mr Corbyn, generally addressed to Labour moderates and Lib Dems, being intended as an insult. There would be no point in saying it to somebody who was in point of fact a supporter of the Conservative Party.

Now that a General Election has been called, various deciding factors come into play: morality, strategy, self-interest, utility.

Many people I know cannot bear to vote Tory. They usually voice an intention to vote LibDem. This seems to me a good decision. I know at least one person who refuses ever to vote LibDem due to the Cameron/Clegg Coalition. He has been voting Green in council elections and I think this too is a good choice. Not a Green Party supporter, I am satisfied for them to obtain a vote which would otherwise have gone to Corbyn’s Labour.

This morning, Ian Austin gave an interview in which he said that Corbyn was unfit to be Prime Minister. Austin stated that he was no Tory but that Boris Johnson was not as unfit as Corbyn . The Corbynist forums, which last night were laying into Tom Watson, are now going after Ian Austin, creating memes about his associations with Israel. How could it be otherwise?

I live in a constituency which usually elected Conservative MPs, but unexpectedly put in a Labour man in the year that Tony Blair became Prime Minister. The constituency then reverted to Conservative but elected a Labour MP in 2017. I do not think the LibDems are in with a chance in my constituency,  so I intend to do the unspeakable thing and vote Tory in the General Election four weeks from now.

I would love to vote for the more palatable LibDems which I could admit to afterwards, and no one would hold it against me. However, I have bitten the bullet and voted Conservative before. The first time was when Boris Johnson stood against Ken Livingstone in the London Mayoral Election. I had voted for Ken previously but by 2008, his antisemitism had been upgraded from possible to likely.

When Jeremy Corbyn became Labour leader, I gave up my Labour Party membership but rejoined to vote for Owen Smith in his leadership challenge. Then I left again, but still get the emails from Team Labour, inviting me to ‘chip in’ with a donation (I seem to hear John McDonnell’s voice uttering the words ‘Chip in’ in his sincere, straight from the shoulder, folksy manner).

In the Mayoral Election of 2016, despite having some esteem for Sadiq Khan, I voted for the LibDem Caroline Pidgeon. I thought any Labour victory would be counted as another feather in Corbyn’s excessively plumed cap and indeed, it was claimed by supporters of Mr Corbyn that it was Londoners’ esteem for their leader which had secured the Mayoralty for Sadiq Khan.

In local elections in the time of Theresa May, I voted Conservative. I had started delving into online Labour forums and seen that antisemitism flourished to a remarkable degree, often but not always cloaked as criticism of Israel. Some pro-Corbyn forums were and are hospitable to frankly anti-Jewish statements and holocaust denial. Beneath the countless photos of distressed children, who, according to the forumniks have been harmed by Israelis, I have often seen remarks about the sub-humanity of  Jews, as well as Israelis or Zionists, who are always the ultimate bêtes noires according to all the Labour forums.

Perhaps being exposed to the online antisemitism of Labour supporters has blinded me to the value of people who remain members of the Party. There is a statistic, 0.01%, beloved of Corbyn supporters, and this, they say, is the sum total of antisemitic members. It does not seem to me that this is a reliable measure of the problem and still less an answer to it. Every day, I read articles about the antisemitic history of Labour’s new parliamentary candidates. Some of them have been withdrawn, others not. All have apparently been on a journey. On the forums, I can only assume that the decent 99.99% have been ejected, as I was, when I queried some of the egregious bigotry I saw there.

I am called many names due to my activism on Twitter against Labour antisemitism: apartheid lover, apologist for child murder, old hag, Tory and others which mercifully slip my memory. ‘Old’ is not really disputable and, although I feel, like Ian Austin, that I am no Tory, I shall be voting Conservative because I want the Conservatives to win this election. I don’t want a hung parliament which puts Corbyn into number 10 as the head of a coalition. I don’t want a Labour victory which arms Corbyn for his ‘peace-loving’ vendetta against the West, the media and – to use Corbynspeak – the Zionists.

To return to the comment which appeared on my blog, apostrophizing me as ‘racist Tory filth,’ I am no racist and I am not a Tory, but I will vote against Corbyn, so in that sense, ‘Tory filth’ is probably as near as damn it.

tazl 8 nov pm



  • Gillian Gould Lazarus: I've approved your comment Jones, rather than trashing it. It seems to me a snapshot of contemporary online exegesis. Can you say something about you
  • Jones: You're just a typical white racist tory who has no problems with Windrush deportations or tory Islamaphobia. You get no support from the BAME communit
  • Gillian Gould Lazarus: Thank you Joanne!