The responses to the Telegraph's dog-whistle front page were highly predictable—on both sides of the political spectrum. It's time we started calling out hatred wherever it appearsby Daniel Sugarman / February 9, 2018 / Leave a comment
Twenty months ago, as the debate was raging over whether the UK should vote to leave or remain in the European Union, I wrote down the reasons why I had decided to vote Remain.
I worried about the financial implications for the country, as well as how leaving might decrease our international influence. I also deplored what I described back then as “the degeneration of much of the Leave campaign in recent months into a toxic blend of xenophobic, jingoistic cheerleading, masquerading as security concerns.”
Then, however, I turned to my feelings as a British Jew.
“Brexit could well lead to a period of potentially massive economic and social upheaval,” I wrote. “Historically, such periods tend to be very bad for us Jews.”
“When the paradise promised by the Leave campaign inevitably fails to materialise in the wake of Brexit, I have every expectation that elements which have long blamed the EU for all their misfortunes will revert to an older and more familiar scapegoat.”
So when I saw that the Telegraph had devoted its front page to a supposed exposé on a Jewish billionaire “backing secret plot to thwart Brexit”—followed up by the Daily Mail’s sinister mutterings the next day about “tainted money”— I can’t say I was hugely surprised. If anything, I was astonished that it had taken this long.