anti-Semitism and New Labour
Not so. This week Labour unveiled election posters depicting Michael Howard and Oliver Letwin on pigs bodies - did they really not know the significance of the pig to members of the Jewish faith? Of course they did, but the really clever bit is this: Labour will deny any anti-semitism but will still have achieved their aim of garnering anti-Jewish votes. How very astute. Knowing the devious way they operate in Millbank it wouldn't surprise me one little bit if they had run around briefing the papers about the anti-semitic nature of the posters and articles themselves before fiercely denying it. Thereby ensuring that not only do they get the "anti-racist" vote but that also they pick up votes from the worryingly large number of people who hold anti-semitic prejudices.
Of course the Labour Party leadership isn't anti-Semitic, but some of its supporters are. The Labour Party is power mad and playing to these prejudices just before an election makes perfect sense - electoraly. The morality of doing so is another question entirely.