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    This is how the words game is played. “Political language”, wrote Orwell, “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” This sums up political pledges: they always end up as verbal illusions. You work out what’s going to happen anyway (the halving of inflation, waiting lists falling), then promise to make it happen. Both of these examples, of course, are not from Starmer but from the five pledges that Rishi Sunak made last year.

    Starmer is now engaged in pledge deflation. Last year, he was promising an economy with the “highest sustained growth in the G7.” Now, he simply says he’ll “grow our economy”: about as low an economic ambition as you can imagine. There was no Blair-style pledge on freezing income tax: no firm pledge on tax at all, in fact. Nor was there anything concrete on defence spending, or any response to Sunak’s recent idea of slowly raising it over the next five years.

    This launch was about mood music, to assure voters that Labour’s aspirations are decent and unscary. To keep the streets safe, keep the bills down and not much more. An ex-Tory voter was paraded, to announce his conversion to a cheering crowd.

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    Ireland is dreaming of a UK Labour landslide

    Ireland is dreaming of a UK Labour landslide

    Irish eyes are smiling at the prospect of Keir Starmer in Downing Street surrounded by Irish-savvy aides. DUBLIN — For diplomatic purposes, the Irish …

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    The criticism of Israel for working to defeat Hamas comes down to one thing: Jew-hatred.

    There are so many conflicts over the world — where, unlike in Israel, those armies are not trying to prevent civilian casualties. Sudan is the latest example — others in the Middle East alone include Syria and Yemen, where so many civilians have been killed.

    But there are no street protests, no campus rallies, no calls for “intifada.”

    Why? Because Jews aren’t involved.

    Jews are in danger worldwide — but we have done nothing wrong, and we can’t let people convince us that we have. Israel is trying to avoid civilian casualties — but Hamas has embedded itself in civilian areas. This war is Hamas’ fault.

    The US is delusional when lecturing Israel on a two-state solution. There is no partner for peace, with most Palestinians still supporting the October 7 massacre. Notably, in Gaza, where the war is being fought, less people support the war than in the untouched West Bank. That points to something quite newsworthy.

    Israel knows we have to sometimes fight alone, as history has shown us. The Holocaust showed us we can never rely on anyone else for our safety — and that is why Israel was created.

    As Jabotinsky noted, “We hold that Zionism is moral and just. And since it is moral and just, justice must be done, no matter whether Joseph or Simon or Ivan or Achmet agree with it or not.”

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