Labour’s top lawyer quits – over Panorama ‘anti-Semitism’ documentary?

Gordon Nardell has quit as Labour’s top lawyer. To whom should I address my lawsuit over the party’s false anti-Semitism claims now?

That might seem a facetious question, but the circumstances of his departure suggest a grimly serious side to it, as it has been alleged that he has gone in advance of revelations about Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations against party members.

Here’s The Independent:

Sources suggested Mr Nardell’s departure was linked to an upcoming episode of the BBC programme Panorama, which is said to contain further damaging allegations about antisemitism.

One Labour MP said they understood Mr Nardell had been warned that it would be impossible for him to return to his career as a barrister if he remained with Labour much longer, given the “reputational damage” he faced.

The quote in that article by a Jewish Labour Movement representative is also very interesting as it implies that Labour has protected people accused of anti-Semitism, when we know that in fact that party has witch-hunted and persecuted anybody who has even been mentioned in connection with it.

So I don’t hold out much hope for the Panorama documentary. It seems it will be criticising Labour for the wrong reasons.

You get that impression also from the fact that the Independent mentions the re-suspension of Chris Williamson as though it were a good thing.

This particular issue has now attracted the attention of leading intellectual, left-wing icon and – most importantly in this instance – Jew, Noam Chomsky. He spoke to independent journalist Matt Kennard about it:

It won’t stop the screamers because they are irrational – but it is good evidence for those of us who think before leaping to poor conclusions. Right?

EXTRA: Reports are reaching me that Mr Nardell has left Labour because he came to the end of a fixed-term contract. It would seem very strange to me if his contract was not extendable, therefore his reasons for leaving may still deserve exploration. It will all come out in the wash, I’m sure. Let’s see what happens next.

EXTRA EXTRA: According to PoliticsHome, “A Labour source said: ‘Gordon took the decision to return to his practice as a barrister.'” That seems to indicate he didn’t leave as a result of his contract ending; he left because he chose to leave, and that means we may be justified in questioning the reason. And that throws the focus back on Panorama.

Source: Labour antisemitism: Party plunged into chaos as top lawyer quits role | The Independent

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7 thoughts on “Labour’s top lawyer quits – over Panorama ‘anti-Semitism’ documentary?

  1. Mark C

    This week we have two Panorama ‘specials’: the first is about whether we are primed for a No Deal Brexit, something that will obviously affect almost all of us (barring the elite who are pushing for such a result obviously). The second is about Labour’s perceived A/S problem. The No Deal Brexit one is half hour long, the A/S one a full hour. Hmmm.

      1. Mike Sivier Post author

        It’s an abbreviation of anti-Semitism. I don’t know who originally used it.

  2. Florence

    Perhaps he decided that he could no longer work in an.organisation where by the “witch hunt” of Chris Williamson had overridden the independent barristers opinion that he had said nothing remotely AS? Who wouldn’t feel their professional judgement may no longer be treated with respect?

    If course, it is somewhat curious about the timing……will watch this one closely.

  3. Jenny Hambidge

    Our whole situation is bizarre in the extreme and the A/S is being used as a way to ensure Labour is discredited in the next election. Everything is being done to ensure Labour will not get in – Question Time too thought fit too to ask whether Jeremy Corbyn should resign as if that had anything to do with the main issues in hand. It is bizarre too the amount of airtime and other medium attention is being given to the election of new prime minister as if it was a presidential race and the whole country had a choice! In fact it is only actual conservative party members – about 100,000 I think who actually do.
    I’ve just had a visit from A LIBDem lady for Brecon and Radnor By -election who sweetly called me by my first name and asked if I would be voting for them. No thanks, I don’t trust you lot, I said. Her bright smile faded and she turned and left.

  4. Dave Rowlands

    Corruption? Elitism? Control?

    Why are we at the mercy of those with power and money?

    Oh, yeah, OK, once a Labour Government is in power they may lose their privileges.

    We need a clean mop, a mop bucket with clean water, the end to all of this, it’s absurd.

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