From Brexit to Gaza and Back

Biedermann, Ferry (2024) From Brexit to Gaza and Back. Birmingham City University, Centre for Brexit Studies Blog.

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Why talk about Gaza in a Brexit blog? Well, the same question could be asked of the whole of British politics over the last couple of weeks: why so much attention on Gaza? Apart from the humanitarian imperative, which becomes harder to ignore all the time, the most glaring answer is the internal and electoral politics of the Labour party. At least, it would seem so from what we see in most of the media. Astonishingly, the Tories appear mostly to be getting a free pass on the issue, while at the same time fanning the flames of anti-Muslim sentiment that then contribute to Labour’s discomfort. Does that seem far-fetched? Well, in a more neutral atmosphere not each and every pro-Palestinian utterance and even faux-pas would be so magnified that it would land ostensibly sensible politicians in a pickle. Of course, some might object, with elections looming, we’re in campaign mode and such shenanigans are part of the game. But since when is stoking hatred an acceptable part of the democratic process? I can think of a couple of isolated occasions and the most recent one is Brexit and the xenophobia that has accompanied it.

Item Type: Other
5 March 2024Published
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Research, Innovation, Enterprise > Centre for Brexit Studies
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2024 13:49
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2024 13:49

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