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Jeremy Corbyn refuses 4 times to apologise for failure to tackle anti-Semitism in brutal car-crash Andrew Neil grilling


UNDER-FIRE Jeremy Corbyn refused FOUR times to apologise for his failure to tackle anti-Semitism tonight in a brutal car-crash interview.

The Labour boss was ripped apart by BBC political rottweiler Andrew Neil for his woeful record on kicking Jew haters out of his party, hours after the Chief Rabbi plunged his campaign into crisis with a devastating attack on his leadership.

 Jeremy Corbyn was grilled by Andrew Neil tonight on the BBC

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Jeremy Corbyn was grilled by Andrew Neil tonight on the BBC
 BBC veteran Andrew Neil gave him a thorough interview

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BBC veteran Andrew Neil gave him a thorough interview

The leftie leader refused at least four times to say sorry in the excruciating 30-minute interview, and repeatedly tried to dodge questions on whether he’d done enough to tackle anti-Jew hate.

Mr Neil repeatedly demanded that he apologise, but a tetchy Mr Corbyn repeatedly tried to dodge it and talk about other forms of racism instead.

“Wouldn’t you like to take this opportunity tonight to apologise to the British Jewish community for what’s happened?” he asked.

“So, no apology?

“No apology for how you’ve handled this?

“I’ll try one more time… no apology?”

The BBC veteran said that viewers would “make up their own minds” on whether he had done enough to tackle such hatred.

Mr Corbyn insisted that “racism in our society is a total poison, be it Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, or any other form of racism”.

“That is what my whole life has been about,” he snapped back.

Elsewhere in the damning interview:

  • He refused repeatedly to say whether it was anti-Semitic to say that “Rothschild Zionists run Israel” – as a Labour member did but was not suspended
  • Mr Corbyn defended staying neutral in the Brexit referendum – saying it would make him an “honest broker”
  • He was pressed to admit that ordinary married Brits on low incomes would face extra taxes under his government
  • And he was grilled on where “Corbyn’s credit card has a limit” with his £83billion fantasy borrowing promise
  • The leftie boss couldn’t get out of the interview quick enough, tearing off his mic and setting it on the floor as the credits rolled

SITTING ON THE FENCE

On Brexit, Mr Neil tried to push Mr Corbyn on why he was staying on the fence on the “greatest peacetime issue that’s faced this country for 70 years”, but he again didn’t have an answer.

“I will be the honest broker that will make sure that the referendum is fair and make sure that the leave deal is a credible one and the remain option is alongside it,” he claimed.

And Mr Neil forced Mr Corbyn into admitting that taxes will go up for Brits on modest incomes – not just the super rich.

Everyone would be stripped of the £250 marriage allowance under a Labour government, Mr Neil insisted.

And on the leftie boss’s huge plans to spend billions of pounds extra, he joked: “You intend to borrow hundreds of billions for investment. You’re going to borrow hundreds of mil- hundred, a couple of hundred million more for nationalisation. You’re going to borrow billions for the green deal.

“Borrow, borrow. Is there no limit to what can go on the Corbyn credit card?”

Borrow, borrow. Is there no limit to what can go on the Corbyn credit card?

BBC’s Andrew Neil

Best put-downs from Andrew Neil’s grilling with Corbyn

  • On Corbyn’s spending: “Is there no limit to what can go on the Corbyn credit card?”
  • On anti-Semitism: “Is it anti-Semitic to say Rothschild’s Zionists run Israel and world governments? Why does it take a year to investigate someone who says Rothschild Zionists run Israel and world governments?”
  • On Holocaust deniers: “Is questioning whether six million Jews died in the Holocaust the kind of thing that should get you thrown out of the Labour Party? Why did she just get a letter of warning?”
  • On British Jews leaving if he gets into No10: “Many of them fear you making it into Downing Street and that if you do many are preparing to leave the country. Are you not ashamed of that?”
  • On Brexit: “My question is why are you remaining neutral on the greatest issue of our time? What would you do during the referendum campaign? Would you go on holiday?”
  • On his tax plans: “People on modest incomes are going to pay more tax under your plans.”

Piers Morgan said the interview was “brilliant” and Andrew Neil “absolutely skewered” the Labour boss.

“No wonder Corbyn ducks most tough interviewers – he has no answers to tough questions,” he said.

Former Labour MP Mike Gapes blasted: “Corbyn does not apologise. Period. In his eyes he is never wrong.

“He cannot admit error. He is incapable of apology. Particularly to the Jewish community. He is unfit to be Leader of the Labour Party. He must never be Prime Minister of our country.”

And former Labour minister Chris Leslie blasted: “What a tragedy for the whole country that the once-great Labour Party has ended up in this state. Those of us who took a stand tried to prevent this very situation.
“Such a shame that those who ‘stayed’ never actually had the fight to do anything about it.”

Michael Gove, responding to the interview today, said:  “Jeremy Corbyn won’t be straight with the British people.

“He won’t apologise for his failure to stamp out racism in his Party. He can’t say whether he backs leave or remain in his own second referendum. He can’t answer how he would pay for his fantasy plans for the country or how he’d keep Britain safe.

“All that’s on offer from prime ditherer Corbyn is more Brexit delay, the chaos of another two referendums and lasting damage to our economy – leaving hardworking taxpayers to foot the bill.”

Mr Corbyn’s BBC interview was so torrid that Corbynistas received texts urging them to flood social media to drown it out on social media.

It read: “Jeremy has pre-recorded the Andrew Neil interview already and apparently it’s truly horrific. Like awful.

“Ten mins purely on AS [anti-Semitism]. JC refused to apologise to the Rabbi so it’s going to be brutal.”

It urged his supporters to push Labour’s policies to hand more cash to the NHS and Sure Start centres instead to flood Twitter with positive messages.

Jeremy Corbyn can’t leave the studio quick enough after disastrous interview with Andrew Neil
 Jeremy Corbyn has been attacked for failing to tackle anti-Semitism in his own ranks

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Jeremy Corbyn has been attacked for failing to tackle anti-Semitism in his own ranksCredit: Reuters
 Two candidates Corbyn appeared on stage with were accused of anti-Semitism themselves

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Two candidates Corbyn appeared on stage with were accused of anti-Semitism themselves

The excruciating transcript in full

Andrew Neil: 
Wouldn’t you like to take this opportunity tonight to apologise to the British Jewish community for what’s happened?
Jeremy Corbyn:
What I’ll say is this. I am determined that our society will be safe for people of all faiths. I don’t want anyone to be feeling insecure in our society – and our government will protect every community…
AN
So no apology?
JC
…against the abuse they receive, on the streets, on the trains…
AN
So no apology for how you’ve handled this?
JC
…or in any other form of life
AN
I’ll try it one more time – will you apologise?
JC
No hang on a minute Andrew, can I explain what we’re trying to do?
AN
I asked you if you wanted to apologise and you haven’t.
JC
Andrew, I don’t want anyone to go through what anyone has gone through.
AN
I was asking you about an apology, let’s move on to Brexit
JC
Can I just make it clear? Racism in our society is a total poison…
AN
You’ve said that several times.
JC
…be it Islamophobia, anti-Semitism or any other form of racism. And I want to work with every community to make sure it’s eliminated.
AN
You’ve made that clear and people will make up their own minds.

Mr Corbyn’s election campaign was rocked today after Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said most British Jews are “gripped by anxiety” by the ideas of a Corbyn government.

In an unprecedented intervention in an election, he said voters must examine their consciences when deciding how to vote on December 12.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Hindu Council and Muslim Council of Britain all issued statements in support of the Chief Rabbi.

Mr Ephraim was subjected to vile online abuse after daring to speak out – with one troll branding him a “sewer rat”.

Mr Corbyn desperately tried to fend off the onslaught of attacks on his failure to tackle anti-Semitism at today’s anti-racism manifesto launch.

But the event in Tottenham, north London, descended into farce as he was mobbed outside by Jewish protesters who furiously accused him of being a racist.

And he sparked fresh controversy by being flanked on stage at the event by Claudia Webbe and Apsana Begum – election candidates embroiled in anti-Semitism rows.

Labour has been dogged by anti-Semitism ever since Mr Corbyn became leader.

Jewish politicians Luciana Berger and Dame Louise Ellman have been hounded out of the party by anti-Semitic bullying,

And the Equality and Human Rights Commission are investigating Labour over claims it is institutionally racist against Jews.

The BNP is the only other British party to have faced a similar investigation.

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