The journalist Peter Oborne, who is sympathetic to the Tories, has reviewed Tom Bower’s book ‘Dangerous Hero: Corbyn’s Ruthless Plot For Power’ Oborne’s review rebuts some of the false allegations made against Jeremy Corbyn.
Some quotes from Oborne’s article:
‘Bower has made an astonishing number of factual errors’
‘…contains numerous falsehoods’.
‘Time after time, Bower makes assertions that are not backed by any evidence.’
‘He made no attempt to establish the truth…’
‘The ugly truth is that Bower is not straight with his readers, let alone Corbyn.’
‘…Bower ignores the fact that Corbyn has a long record of opposing anti-semitism.’
‘…I can and can find no mention in Bower’s book of Corbyn’s sustained parliamentary activity against anti-semitism and in support of Jewish rights.’
‘Bower also fails to entertain the proposition that the Labour leader’s attachment to the Palestinian cause might be based on a passionate concern for human rights and international law. There is no more serious or damning charge than anti-semitism. If he is to level it against Corbyn, Bower has an obligation to explain exactly what he means.’
‘…Bower often seems to equate Corbyn’s criticism of Israel with anti-semitism. Yet he makes little attempt to explain why the two should be treated as identical. The failure to explain his methodology is made worse by the lack of serious analysis of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of anti-semitism. Bower says it is internationally recognised, but fails to add that as of September last year, it was thought to have only been formally adopted by eight countries. He also fails to address the concerns of experts who remain alarmed that the definition is confusing and conflates criticism of Israel with anti-semitism.’
The article can be read in full here: https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/tom-bower-book-dangerous-hero-jeremy-corbyn-labour-leader-truth