How many scandals can Keir Starmer hide with his sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey?


Choke hold: Israeli armed forces using the same ‘knee on neck’ technique that was used to kill George Floyd. But we’re being asked to believe Israel never taught that technique to US police and it is anti-Semitic to suggest that one country’s armed forces could teach such techniques to another’s police.

Quite a few, it seems.

Let’s start with the biggie: Israel is due to launch a major invasion of Palestinian territory next week, targeting in particular areas containing the aquifers that make life possible in these parched places.

Starmer’s sacking of RLB is a warning to Labour Party members that he will not tolerate the voicing of any dissent against this racist military action.

Any comment that he dares to make will be entirely ineffectual:

Labour has a policy that all people have a right to self-determination. Israel’s right to self-determination has been used as a stick to beat party members accused of anti-Semitism. Palestine’s right to self-determination goes unrecognised under racist Starmer.

But let’s not stop there. Starmer has also taken the heat off Robert Jenrick, whose corrupt manipulation of the planning system to save Richard Desmond £45 million in return for a small bung for Conservative funds was causing trouble for the Tories.

While Starmer moved quickly to sack RLB, he has done nothing about the right-wingers in his party who subjected Diane Abbott to racist abuse:

Finally, let’s bear it in mind that Starmer has no interest in opposing the Tory government’s genocidal policy on handling the Covid-19 pandemic…

… and, come to that, the people to whom he is pandering – the Board of Deputies of British Jews and all those other right-wing supporters of the Likud government in Israel – never criticised successive Tory governments for killing huge swathes of the UK population either:

Underlying all of this, remember: The claim RLB was sacked for – in an interview with her constituent Maxine Peake – is accurate. Israeli forces do indeed train United States police. And Starmer’s claim that it is anti-Semitic to say this loses any force when one realises that Jews know about it and oppose it:


Here’s the last word – it should be the last word on Starmer’s catastrophic leadership of the Labour Party (but it won’t, because these creeps cling like limpets):


  1. Caroline Carney June 26, 2020 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    I have just read in Jewish News today that Tracy Ann Oberman says she is going to re join the Labour Party because Keir Starmer is doing the right thing.

    • Mike Sivier June 26, 2020 at 4:42 pm - Reply

      I cannot publish my initial response to that, for reasons of decency.

  2. SteveH June 26, 2020 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Labour has referred Jenrick to the standards watchdog. This is still very much an active issue.

    A full copy of Labours letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards can be found here

    • Mike Sivier June 26, 2020 at 4:41 pm - Reply

      That’s nice.

      It doesn’t change the fact that Starmer chose not to attack Jenrick, preferring to sack his own shadow minister instead.

      • SteveH June 26, 2020 at 5:57 pm - Reply

        “That’s nice”

        I very much doubt that Jenrick agrees with you.

        I am puzzled why you have chosen to conflate these two separate stories particularly when the Jenrick story is still a major news item and with the watchdog enquiry and now that Sadiq Khan has been dragged into the scandal it is likely to run and run.
        It was Sadiq Khan’s idea! Richard Desmond says London mayor promised to ‘fast track’ controversial £1bn property development

        Also a YouGov snap poll has revealed the following
        YouGov: Public back Keir Starmer’s decision to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey but do not agree Boris Johnson should stand by Robert Jenrick

        • Mike Sivier June 27, 2020 at 12:36 pm - Reply

          Desmond can say what he likes – that doesn’t automatically make it true.

          And the UK public, in general, is happy to be led by a mass media that is ignorantly trumpeting that RLB retweeted a link to an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theory”. You know, and I know, that the Maxine Peake interview contained no such thing. Right?

          I mentioned Starmer’s lack of action on Jenrick because the article was about Starmer’s general direction of travel, which we can see as supportive of Tory corruption, supportive of the apartheid government of Israel and its brutal police/armed forces, supportive of racism and anti-Semitism (yes, at the same time as supporting the Israeli authorities), and hostile to genuine anti-racists.

          I’m glad to have the opportunity to explain that to you.

          As for Jenrick’s feelings, I really couldn’t care less.

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