Labour’s new leader, Keir Starmer, is working his fingers to the bone – turning Labour into the kind of racist cess-pit that no right-thinking person would want to join.
Consider the hypocrisy in the fact that he has “disciplined” Diane Abbott for taking part in a Zoom discussion attended by expelled former party members – but has done nothing to suspend members of the so-called right-wing “faction” who were accused of subjecting her to appalling racist bullying in the leaked Labour report on the party’s response to anti-Semitism accusations.
Keir Starmer taking action against Dianne Abbott while refusing to suspend the party racists who bullied her is utterly disgraceful. I'm finding my party membership more and more difficult to justify.
— Harriet Williamson (@harriepw) May 2, 2020
That alone marks out his leadership as hypocritical and racist.
Starmer’s decision also betrays a failure to understand how Zoom works. It’s an online discussion that anybody can join, simply by dialling in.
Furthermore – as This Site has mentioned before – neither Jackie Walker nor Tony Greenstein, the former Labour members whose attendance triggered the complaint against Ms Abbott and Bell Ribeiro-Addy by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, were expelled for anti-Semitism as claimed.
In any case, Labour’s investigations of anti-Semitism accusations – especially high-profile claims like those against Ms Walker and Mr Greenstein (yes, they were accused of it but they weren’t expelled for it) – are known to have been fatally flawed. Saying these people are anti-Semites because Labour said so carries less factual weight than gossip.
Finally: although Starmer had signed the controversial “10 Commandments” issued by the BoD, those pledges have no weight in the Labour Party. Any individual member can agree to sign and be bound by any document they like – but they can’t force it on the rest of the party undemocratically and Starmer has done nothing to seek its approval by the party as a whole.
So any disciplinary action against Diane Abbott and Bell Ribeiro-Addy is unwarranted, unfair and unconstitutional – as those of us who’ve suffered similar treatment are well aware:
But the Labour leader is likely to be unconcerned. He’ll be moving on to his next designated victim – who is, apparently, Salma Yaqoob.
She is being attacked for something she hasn’t even done yet: another Zoom discussion in which she is set to appear as a speaker on May 12 – this time with Tony Greenstein billed as a speaker alongside her. So she would be sharing a platform with him.
Once again, for clarity: Mr Greenstein has been expelled from Labour – but not for anti-Semitism or any other kind of racism.
He does, however, provoke a certain response from excitable people – who may be considered to have a problem of their own, where it comes to hate:
This is the real face of Jeremy Corbyn's beloved "Stop the War Coalition"- promoting Tony Greenstein. He is one of the most execrable figures of all in the Labour antisemitism crisis and was expelled from Labour two years ago. No wonder the stoppers are keen on him. pic.twitter.com/cAQwcW1Jae
— habibi (@habibi_uk) May 1, 2020
The issue was picked up by former Labour MP Ian Austin, who left the party because the Jeremy Corbyn leadership had returned it to socialist ideals.
He betrayed his own leanings by demanding that Ms Yaqoob should be suspended – before she had even done anything. One finds Asa Winstanley’s comment persuasive:
This racist fanatic wants a prominent Muslim woman expelled from Labour for a future event with the "wrong" kind of Jewish person.
This is beyond Thought Crime, it's Pre-Crime. https://t.co/qFKvpX1cLl
— Asa Winstanley (@AsaWinstanley) May 2, 2020
It’s open season on black women https://t.co/n8EwG54LqF
— Jackie walker (@Jackiew80333500) May 2, 2020
So this is the Labour Party under Keir Starmer.
Racism is fine – if it’s done by right-wingers against people on the left.
Sexism is fine – if carried out in the same way.
But if he has a chance to accuse people on the left – male or female – of the same, then he will attack mercilessly.
It is as Kerry-Anne Mendoza states:
For the many, not the few.
For us, not you.
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) May 2, 2020
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