I see that the so-called Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) is/are bleating about the treatment their founder, Jenny Manson, received at the hands of BBC Newsnight‘s Kirsty Wark on 17 November.
The Shiraz assessment of JVL can be found here.
But what, exactly, is JVL’s beef with Kirsty Wark (more usually denounced as a “typical BBC lefty“)?
Frankly, even after reading what’s on their website, it’s not at all clear.
They claim to have been “inundated with messages from both members and non-members outraged at Kirsty Wark’s hostile treatment of Jenny Manson on Newsnight on 17 November. Many messages told us they were going to complain to the BBC.”
Apparently, JVL are “now getting contacted by people [who complained to the BBC] infuriated by the dismissive standard response they are all receiving and asking our advice on what to do next, so we have prepared [an] advice note.”
For anyone who wants to reach their own judgement on this matter (unlike a number of people whose outraged btl comments appear on the JVL website, but who admit they haven’t actually seen the Newsnight interview), here’s what happened (the Manson interview begins at 4.15/14.01):
Now, personally, that strikes me as a pretty fair interview and not noticeably tougher than the questioning of Louise Ellman that followed.
Here’s a thought: people like Manson and her JVL chums are so used to being treated with deference and having their every utterance accepted as the unvarnished truth by sections of the left (notably the Morning Star) that they are genuinely shocked that anyone has the audacity to even question them or dare suggest that their opinion (ie: there’s no issue with antisemitism in the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-racist hero) might be in any way less representative of the majority of British Jews, than – say – the Board of Deputies, or the Campaign Against Antisemitism.
How dare these insolent oiks at the BBC presume to challenge someone as important and well-loved as Jenny Manson?