Rifkind is so correct

SIR Malcolm Rifkind has always oozed sagacity. He has a certain presence which adds gravity to this elder statesman’s pronouncements. Notwithstanding the fact that he is a former Conservative Foreign Secretary, and from his observations on the present Labour leader elsewhere in this edition, has little respect for him as a politician, has he not identified spot-on what is actually wrong with Jeremy Corbyn? And why he fails to recognise the damage and offence he has caused?

He’s stupid, says Sir Malcolm. Frankly, anyone who has got a party into such a mess over antisemitism can’t be too bright. And we learn from Sir Malcolm, too, that, having observed Corbyn in the House of Commons over many years, he was “used to seeing Mr Corbyn sitting in the same seat making the same speech week after week, month after month, year after year — his views haven’t changed one iota. This sums up the man, because he has not got the flexibility or the temperament to take on any serious responsibilities”.

So, there we have it. Some would argue that Sir Malcolm would say that. After all, he’s a dyed-in-the-wool Tory, but he has been far removed from the vitriolic hotbed of frontline politics for many years.

Meanwhile, on our foreign pages this week, Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, has urged his country to be ready to welcome tens of thousands of British Jews should Corbyn ever become Prime Minister. Sadly, a mass exodus would appear likely under those circumstances. Bad news for Britain, but a shot in the arm for the various aliya agencies.

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