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Miliband, Tebbit and Dreyfuss

David Miliband is an able politician, tipped as Gordon Brown’s deputy. But he needs to watch his analogies. In his recent Scarman lecture there is an odd passage in which he compares Norman Tebbit’s famous “cricket test” with the Dreyfuss affair in France. Tebbit may have been over-assimilationist in hoping that immigrants would show their new national loyalty by backing the English cricket team. But can that really compare with the Dreyfuss affair—a high point of French antisemitism in which a Jewish officer was falsely accused of treason and imprisoned for years? Surely his French accusers…

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