So now the agitators in the Labour Party are targeting new general secretary Jennie Formby.
It is surprising that deputy party leader Tom Watson has chosen to be the spokesman for this attack, considering his own record.
It is hard to take complaints seriously, about a woman who has been in her role for half a year, when they come from a man who has held his own job for three years and done nothing with it other than plot against his party leader and go on subsidised junkets to music festivals. (Glastonbury, anyone?)
Labour’s problem with anti-Semitism would disappear if the party would only stop taking Mr Watson and his friends at their word and start taking a serious interest in their own behaviour. They are the people who are stoking the anti-Semitism row, after all.
We already know Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan faked an accusation of anti-Semitism against a fellow party member who supports the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (now, why on Earth would she want to do that?) and there is no reason to believe she was the only one acting in this manner.
So the operative question, whenever a story like this rears its ugly head in the media, is: When will Labour investigate this person?
Here‘s the story, as published in The Guardian:
Tom Watson has suggested Labour’s general secretary should quit if trust in the party’s ability to deal with antisemitism has not been restored by Christmas.
The deputy Labour leader said Jennie Formby, who joined from the trade union Unite in April, had “staked her career on dealing with antisemitism in our party”, and the Labour leadership was taking the matter very seriously.
“We should have dealt with it earlier. We have hired a new general secretary who has staked her career on dealing with antisemitism in our party,” he told ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Wednesday.
“She has been in post for three or four months. If I come here again at Christmas and she has not dealt with it then you may be asking me why she is still in post.”
And here are a couple of reactions from the level heads on the social media:
I absolutely stand by Jennie Formby, she is doing a fantastic job. Tom Watson needs to go. The members voted for him, so he can support Jeremy Corbyn. Its clear that Tom has been using his position as deputy leader to smear and topple Corbyn. He must go now.
— Nadeem Ahmed (@Muqadaam) September 12, 2018
Tom Watson reckons Jennie Formby should be given her marching orders by Xmas if she hasn't eradicated AS from the party. She's reduced the cases from around 300 left from her predecessor, to about 70 in 6 months.
In three years what exactly have you done Tom, aside from plot? pic.twitter.com/Sa4gJoNCa1
— Damo #GTTO (@Cornish_Damo) September 13, 2018
I saw Tom outside of Westminster yesterday. He was the only Labour MP I saw that I chose to walk past without saying hello https://t.co/rJJSOMHAyY
— Revolution Breeze #PCPEU (@suejonessays) September 14, 2018
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