Where were the big beasts?

Column for the Jewish News Sept 3 2018 Column JN Sept 6 2018 by Jenni Frazer I spent Sunday at the Jewish Labour Movement conference — which was a bit, as they say, like the curate’s egg — good in parts. (Is there such a thing as a rabbi’s egg, I wonder anxiously? Perhaps best […]

  • 3 September, 2018

Events, dear readers, events

Column for Jewish News August 24 2018 I’m not keen on over-dramatising situations, but sometimes it’s useful to look at words attributed to Harold Macmillan, when asked what was most likely to blow a government off course — “Events, dear boy, events.” Let’s consider some of the most recent events. Dame Margaret Hodge MP gave […]

  • 21 August, 2018

Let’s hear it for the lawyers…

Column JN August 10 2018 by Jenni Frazer It is more than tempting, considering the week we have just had, to focus only on the lunacy afflicting the Labour Party. Every day — no, make that every hour — there is some new manifestation of antisemitic racism, primarily emanating from Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters, though not […]

  • 8 August, 2018

The circus moves on

Column Jewish News August 3 2018 The trouble with the lunacies in the Jewish world is that the whirligig effect is so strong. No sooner has one absorbed the most recent evidence of derangement than the circus has moved on, providing the greedy commentariat with fresh grist to its already over-stuffed mill. We are, I […]

  • 31 July, 2018

Bigotgate, and other examples

Column JN July 15 2018 Remember Bigotgate? Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown undoubtedly does, as his unguarded comments after meeting Rochdale widow Gillian Duffy in the 2010 general election arguably cost him the entire election. As it happens Mrs Duffy was commenting unfavourably — to Brown’s ears, at any rate — about Labour’s policy on […]

  • 19 July, 2018

Save the children

Column JN July 8 2018 Pious politicians and columnists alike have something in common — they praise action when it is “the right thing to do”. I will lay bets that almost everyone, across the political spectrum, is in agreement on one thing — the lousy state of Israel’s public image. Well, I have an […]

  • 5 July, 2018

How David Baddiel runs the world (not quite) and sends the Corbynistas crazy

Column for Jewish News June 8 2018 So, I had that antisemite in the back of my cab. And you know what I said to him? Do yah? Do yah? Nah, I don’t remember either. Tchaboom! I’m here all week. We know — at least we ought to know, because he never tires of telling […]

  • 4 June, 2018

Curses, curses, everywhere

Column for Jewish News May 10 2018 While, as we all know, Yiddish curses are the best, having a flavour and pungency that exists in no other language, the Chinese have their own collection of subtle nudges. One of the best-known is “may you live in interesting times”. Well, you’ll get no argument from me […]

  • 10 May, 2018

Natalie hates Beebs, yah, boo…

Column JN April 28 2018 by Jenni Frazer Politics, we are often told, makes strange bedfellows, a dictum of which we could scarcely fail to be reminded in the wake of this week’s Natalie Portman furore. For those who have been asleep in their caves over the winter and are just peering out to see […]

  • 23 April, 2018

Shopping hell

Column JN March 2018 from Jenni This column is being brought to you by the magic of technology. Since I have broken my arm, I am learning about a whole new world of the one-handed — and included in the things that I can do seems to be writing by voice recognition, although it is […]

  • 2 April, 2018