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:
Noam Chomsky, the world’s leading public intellectual and leftwing icon, comes out in support of Chris Williamson. See statement he just sent me below. Please share widely! pic.twitter.com/nuHeHGLybQ
— Matt Kennard (@kennardmatt) July 5, 2019
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.
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