Local Labour candidates warned to prepare for new Sunday Times anti-Semitism witch-hunt

Witch-hunters: Let’s do all we can to foil the cartoon-character Sunday Times anti-Semitism accusers.

Labour Party candidates seeking council seats in the local government election are advised to contact their constituency party and local campaign forum chairs, and CLP secretaries – and warn their MPs – after it was revealed The Sunday Times may be planning a new slew of accusations in an article to be published on Easter Sunday.

It seems reporters for that “newspaper” may attempt to undermine the party’s high standing in the opinion polls with a series of claims against candidates.

One such person took to Facebook to say they had been contacted – by telephone – by a reporter for the newspaper.

He said he knew this person was standing for Labour in the local elections and mentioned two posts the candidate had made about Israel. He said he wanted to give the candidate the right of reply.

(Note that the posts were about Israel. It seems The Sunday Times may be trying to create a false equivalence between that – secular – nation and Judaism in order to fabricate allegations of anti-Semitism. We’ll find out on Sunday.)

The candidate wisely stated that they were not willing to discuss the matter by telephone but would give it consideration if the allegations were sent via email.

(This is wise. I responded to a Sunday Times reporter by email, before a story appeared falsely accusing me – and of course I won a rather lengthy correction from that “newspaper” thereafter.)

It seems likely that, if the Sunday Times is contacting many people in this manner, a proportion will refuse to engage, so it will be possible to publish allegations and then say, “[X] has been contacted for comment,” or, “[X] did not wish to comment when we contacted [them].”

Anyone being contacted in this manner should contact their Constituency Labour Party chair and Local Campaign Forum chair immediately, with details of the contact and any information about the allegations.

It is also advisable that, if the Parliamentary constituency in which the candidate is standing has a Labour MP, that person should be contacted and made to understand that – unless the allegation is accurate – failure to show solidarity with their fellow party members will attract the displeasure of constituency party members. If necessary, the party whips should become involved.

The Sunday Times allegations over the last few weeks have only gained any credibility because Labour MPs have treated them in that way. This is not acceptable.

Here in the UK, everybody is considered innocent of any allegation until proof of guilt has been established. That has not happened with the Sunday Times allegations of the last two weekends, yet some Labour MPs have acted as if it has. This must stop.

Trial by media is trial by witch-hunt. Enough is enough.

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9 thoughts on “Local Labour candidates warned to prepare for new Sunday Times anti-Semitism witch-hunt

  1. Pam Crossland

    Why the hell does this country not count Tory newspaper smear stories as election spending by the tory party. After all, charities and TUs are not permitted to post anything party piolitical within a year of a general election for example.

  2. Zippi

    False equivalence with Judaism, or with Jews? How can it be possible to compare a country with a religion?

  3. Jon

    The irony is that it should be a hugely popular stance to promote oneself as an anti-Zionist candidate.

  4. SteveH

    The BBC is continually trailing the story of Diane Abbot being photographed drinking alcohol on a train.

    I wonder why they fail to mention that the photo was taken by –

    [Ex] Police insp who shopped Diane Abbott for drinking on train faced disciplinary for far-right comments
    20 Saturday Apr 2019

    The retired Met’ Detective Chief Inspector who took a photograph of Diane Abbott MP drinking a mojito on a train was disciplined and forced into early retirement because of his far-right wing posts on social media.

    In 2016, DCI Mick Neville faced disciplinary action for homophobic comments and rants about “left-wing idiots” and migrants who have “turned London into a foreign city”.


  5. Colin Clarke

    The Tories have made “The Freedom of the Press” into an absolute sham. Freedom of the press used to mean that they could not be gagged except for national security. But, in the collusion between the right wing press and the right wing Government, it now means that the right wing is free to publish lies, misinformation, disinformation and slander as the “Freedom” which is simply political gainsay. It is time that, if the press lies and publishes those lies, then they must be held responsible for their actions. Where I live, in Basildon, the Sun Newsrag tried to interview a mother who had just lost her son in the Falklands war. She, not liking the misreporting of that rag, refused to speak to the reporters, so the sunrag wrote the article as though she had! That is the level of reporting and misrepresentation of the Sun. Why are they still selling their rag?

  6. mike

    You should add clp secretaries to this as we do the work , and are generally more likely not to be blairite

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