The Left’s Hypocrisy Over Covid-19 | Dr. Rakib Ehsan

Anti-Western elements of the British left have demonstrated the extreme lengths to which they will defend the Chinese state over the COVID-19 global pandemic.

The PC-brigade have even sought to censor perfectly legitimate criticism of the Chinese Communist Party’s role in bringing on the COVID-19 global crisis, warning us that making such criticisms runs the risk of generating feelings of hatred and prejudice towards British people of Chinese origin. There is no convincing evidence which suggests the fostering of such prejudicial views by pointing out the Chinese communist regime’s orders to destroy incriminating evidence; its silencing of medical professionals warning authorities of the new coronavirus; and using the World Health Organisation as an instrument to push out its COVID-19 propaganda.

Based on this disputable logic, surely elements of the British Left ought to exercise more restraint when criticising the Modi administration in India and the State of Israel? If criticism of the Chinese Communist Party could feed feelings of prejudice towards the UK’s Chinese community, then is there not the possibility that the aforementioned instances could feed into anti-Hindu sentiment and anti-Semitic attitudes in British society? Very rarely do the Left express any kind of reservation that robust criticisms over the rise of Hindutva ideology in India, and Israel’s policy towards the Palestinian territories, could in turn foster prejudicial attitudes towards the UK’s Hindu and Jewish minorities.

The cynic in me thinks that this could be because the two most successful parties in recent Indian and Israeli national politics are the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Likud respectively – neither of whom belong to the political Left. In addition, both the UK’s Hindu and Jewish minorities are increasingly shifting their electoral support from Labour to the Conservatives. As a result, these religious minorities are seen as “fair game” by regressive elements of the British Left. The sad reality is this: British people of Chinese origin are now being used by the sinister identitarian Left to provide cover for the autocratic communist regime in China.

The British left is in a sorry state of affairs. Its worst elements have been reduced to wishing ill on the coronavirus-stricken British PM, spreading bizarre anti-government conspiracies over the COVID-19 pandemic, and exploiting certain ethnic-minority groups to provide cover for despotic authoritarian regimes. And worryingly, those in positions of authority within the Labour Party have done virtually nothing in calling out such disgraceful forms of behaviour.

Its broader response to the COVID-19 global pandemic has reinforced what many of us have known for some time – the contemporary British Left, divorced from reality, is sinking into the abyss of irrelevancy.

Dr. Rakib Ehsan is a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society. Follow him on Twitter: @rakibehsan


Photo by Kevin Thant on Flickr.

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