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So-called members of the Labour Party who have attacked its current direction under leader Jeremy Corbyn, including those who have supported claims of anti-Semitism against him and his supporters, have received a stark message at this year’s conference: Shape up or ship out.

Unite union leader Len McCluskey set the tone with an uncompromising speech in which he criticised Margaret Hodge’s claim that Mr Corbyn was an anti-Semite before setting his sights on Chuka Umunna, rumoured to be trying to lay the foundations for a new “centrist” (in fact, right-wing) political party composed of current Labour MPs encouraged to split from the party in a similar manner to the SDP in the 1980s:


Mr McCluskey’s view appears to be shared by the vast majority of Labour supporters. Consider the reaction to the announcement that Labour Friends of Israel – the organisation within the party that was revealed to have fabricated claims of anti-Semitism against at least one party member – does not have a stand at the conference.

Incredibly, Labour MP Wes Streeting turned a tin ear to the cries for unity and told a rally of the Jewish Labour Movement – a heavily pro-Zionist pressure group that includes party members and others, some of who aren’t Jews and don’t support Labour – that the anti-Semitism row that he has stoked, along with colleagues like Luciana Berger, Margaret Hodge and John Mann, could cost the party the next general election.

If he had been paying attention to the wishes of party members, as displayed on the floor of the conference, Mr Streeting would know that the solution is for him to stop trying to cause trouble and support the party’s leadership and policies.

The following is a typical response to Mr Streeting and his vile attitude:

The Independent report also claims that the anti-Semitism row has swung the British public into believing Labour is almost as much a “nasty” party as the Conservatives (as current prime minister Theresa May once self-confessed). It used as its basis a survey by pro-Tory pollsters YouGov that claimed 31 per cent of people support this view – almost as many as the 34 per cent who still think the title belongs with the Tories.

But the story on the street is different – and suggests it is mainstream (right-wing) media reporters with an agenda to smear Mr Corbyn and his party who are creating a false impression. Here’s Mail angry-columnist Dan Hodges:

If that’s his reaction to genuine public opinions, Mr Hodges – along with many of his mainstream press colleagues – is going to be terribly lonely from now on.

The evidence seems to bear out Kerry-Anne Mendoza’s opinion. When the Jewish Chronicle has even suggested that Mr Corbyn should have apologised to British Jews about the anti-Semitism row, despite the fact that he has had nothing to do with it and most of the allegations have been fabricated by (among others) the press, its smear piece failed to convince. Witness:

The accusers are going to carry on, and I say: Let them.

They have no hard evidence of wrong-doing by anybody in positions of major authority within the Labour Party, and their increasingly-shrill outbursts are hardening public opinion against them.

Labour MPs who persist in opposing the will of the party in this way will find themselves facing the sharp end of the new selection system and, although they will undoubtedly claim it has been weaponised against them, will deserve everything they get.

And those members of the press who are determined to embarrass themselves by continuing to flog this dead horse will find themselves on the same position as Mr Hodges:

Walking home, alone.

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