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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Labour's anti-semitism

Labour will not be running a controversial poster of Mr Howard that appeared on the party's website.

The poster that caused most offence showed Mr Howard swinging a pocket watch on a chain and saying: "I can spend the same money twice." Critics said it had echoes of Dickens's Jewish pickpocket, Fagin, or Shylock from The Merchant of Venice.

Judge for yourself whether we should take Labour at their word that no anti-semitism was intended, but either way it will do Labour no harm that the electorate is now better aware that Howard and Letwin are both Jewish. I should not be very surprised if this was the intention.

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