Labour anti-Semitism report: Starmer acts – to cover his supporters’ arses

No Labour leader: Instead of taking action to identify and expel the wrongdoers in the leaked Labour report on anti-Semitism, Keir Starmer seems to be trying to protect them.

Labour leader Keir Starmer has issued a statement on the leaked Labour report that shows evidence that right-wing party staff members actively campaigned to undermine previous leader Jeremy Corbyn – by promising to protect the members implicated in wrongdoing, and investigate how the public got to find out about them.

Or so it seems to me.

In a joint statement with deputy leader Angela Rayner, he said the following. I’ll comment on his words [in bold] as we go through it:

“We have seen a copy of an apparently [apparently? It is an official Labour document on anti-Semitism and as such he is certain to have known about it. Isn’t he? Skwawkbox reckons he had a copy of the report shortly after his election as leader was announced yet he was completely relaxed about it until it was leaked] internal report about the work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism. The content and the release of the report into the public domain raise a number of matters of serious concern.

“We will therefore commission an urgent independent investigation into this matter. This investigation will be instructed to look at three areas. First, the background and circumstances in which the report was commissioned and the process involved [which, as leader, he should already know. In any case, it is made explicitly clear in the text of the report]. Second, the contents and wider culture and practices referred to in the report [which suggests an attempt to deny the findings and whitewash the wrongdoers]. Third, the circumstances in which the report was put into the public domain [which suggests he would have preferred it to remain secret and the wrongdoers to go unquestioned, let alone punished].

“We have also asked for immediate sight of any legal advice the Labour Party has already received about the report.

“In the meantime, we ask everyone concerned to refrain from drawing conclusions before the investigation is complete [why? The report is complete and its conclusions are clear] and we will be asking the General Secretary to put measures in place to protect the welfare of party members and party staff who are concerned or affected by this report [but not party members and former party members who were clearly victimised by those party members he is trying to protect].”

I would not want to see anyone face unreasonable abuse – either verbal or physical – for having taken part in the activities mentioned in the report.

But the behaviour it describes is utterly vile and, if true, anybody who was involved in it should – no, must – be expelled from the Labour Party forever.

If anyone thinks a lifetime expulsion is too much, bear in mind that these senior Labour staff used language that was considerably more abusive and inappropriate than that cited as justification for suspending many Labour members who supported Jeremy Corbyn in 2016.

Labour members past and present are lining up to demand action.

But it seems Mr Starmer is more interested in protecting the perpetrators of these offences.

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  1. Jenny Hambidge April 13, 2020 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I am appalled by this. I do not feel able to belong to a party which condones such behaviour. I WANT a proper socialist party of the left true to its principles.

    • Peter April 13, 2020 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      Stick in. Your reaction just plays into their hands.

  2. trev April 13, 2020 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    It’s a travesty.

  3. Dez April 13, 2020 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Reads like the current Trump situation where elections that do not run to the expected form become an agenda for destruction in an attempt to remove the unwanted result.

  4. elspethparris April 13, 2020 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    An enquiry into an enquiry, nothing more than a way of wasting time, avoiding having to do anything about it.

  5. Martin Odoni April 13, 2020 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Starmer’s not got off to an impressive start, has he? ‘Opposes’ a shambolic, life-sacrificing Government by sucking up to it and angling for a National Unity Government, and now tries to whitewash a report into extreme political corruption in the party at a structural level.

    • Pete Middleton April 14, 2020 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Kier is a member of the Trilateral Commission , part of the CIAs Council of Foreign Relations and linked to Bilderberg Group. Don’t expect anything other than Blair Mk2 from him

    • Geoff Drewe April 17, 2020 at 1:14 am - Reply

      Here here

  6. john thatcher April 13, 2020 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Starmer has acted in the way I, and anybody else who opposed the election of the establishment stooge expected.

    • KEITH BIRD April 14, 2020 at 12:40 pm - Reply

      His reaction seems to speaks volumes does he not mind that this might cause a split in the Labour?

  7. Jeffrey Davies April 14, 2020 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Stammer the spammer it’s just going to get worse for those who are true labour and the greedie ones will just rid themselves of true ones by calling them names of the kind they just make up it’s going to be hard times with these greedie ones

  8. Vanda Bubear April 14, 2020 at 6:17 am - Reply

    All decent party members should be writing to HQ right now, demanding an explanation, putting in a formal complaint, and also demanding assurances that heads will roll and McNicol expelled from the party and his Honours rescinded.

    Myself, I would certainly leave the party, if I hadn’t done it years ago when Hodge started to spout her mouth off and cursed Corbyn in Parliament, yet received no sanctions for it.

    While I can understand that some feel the membership should stay put, this cannot be allowed to be buried and sugar coated without ramifications for the traitors at the top. All members were paying them in the reasonable expectation t the party as a whole, and especially those at the top, would be fighting their darnedest for a LABOUR government at the general election.

    Instead, they were fighting for a tory government to be put in power, so you may as well have given your subs to the tories, paid them your hard earned cash.

    Heads should roll over this, but the investigation will be a whitewash. You can see by the wording that Starmer and Rayner are more concerned about the whistleblower than the content of the report.

    Starmer I expected this of. Rayner, yes I expected it too. She long ago lost her credentials with me when she started to spout generous praise for the racist Israel Lobby, JLM and the Jewish BOD. She easily forgets who put her where she is today, instead of simply a backbencher. Is was CORBYN.

    • Esther April 24, 2020 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Agree. I too cancelled my subscription when Starmer got elected.

  9. Edna's Son #BDS (@DelicateDave) April 14, 2020 at 9:39 am - Reply

    I don’t see why people have not already been suspended. Is this not the way of the Labour party now? a lot of this is antisemitic, failing to process complaints about AS is AS.

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