Of course Sally Rooney says she’s not antisemitic, it’s part of the playbook we’ve seen before

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Here we go again. This time it’s Sally Rooney, the feted novelist, who I’m sure would say doesn’t have an antisemitic bone in her body – but who just happens to want to stop Jews from reading her latest book.

To be fair, none of Ms Rooney’s friends have yet told us about her unantimsemitic bones. But I promise you, one of them – perhaps, if she is oh-so-clever, a Jewish friend, because some of her best friends are Jewish, I’m sure – will soon offer us that insight. It’s stage two of this all too familiar playbook.