When you want to compile an article on the recent activities of a person, organisation, or indeed, political party, it’s always a good idea to check whether someone else has done the work first.
In this instance – regarding the diabolical record of Keir Starmer’s Labour Party on racism/anti-Semitism – an excellent summary has been posted by Thomas Clark, the Angry Yorkshireman who writes Another Angry Voice.
I make no apologies for appropriating it and publishing it here because it gives me an opportunity to urge you to read AAV on a regular basis if you are not already doing so. It can be found here.
These are AAV‘s findings against Starmer’s Labour – and some of the reasons people are likely to turn away from his party in May:
Keir Starmer’s Labour:
Accepted donations from a profoundly Islamophobic bigot (David Abrahams) who accused British Muslims of having “mixed loyalties”, described Muslim culture as “inherently violent” and claimed to be unable to spot the difference between normal moderate Muslims, and murderous fundamentalists.
Does absolutely nothing about the vile anti-black racists uncovered in the Labour Leaks report, and then casually boots the investigation into the long grass
Allows Labour MP (Rachael Reeves) to get away with creating an entirely uncritical hagiography of the racist, antisemitic, Nazi-supporting Tory Nancy Astor, who described Adolf Hitler as a welcome solution to the “world problem of Jews”, and said black people should be grateful for slavery. Then he promoted her into his cabinet!
Allows a Labour MP (Rosie Duffield) to get away with repeatedly Tweeting transphobic bile.
Orchestrates the mass expulsion of left-wing and peace activist Jews, a campaign of persecution that’s reliant on the “bad Jew” and “self-hating Jew” tropes to justify expelling Jewish people for having ‘wrong’ views on issues like Judaism, antisemitism, and the Israeli occupation. He simultaneously pretends that he’s opposed to antisemitism as this is going on!
Trivialises Black Lives Matter as “a moment” and repeatedly ignores the concerns of black Labour Party MPs.
Hides behind the sofa rather than clearly denouncing the ludicrous Tory report claiming that there’s no such thing as systemic racism in Britain.
Allows a Labour MP (Charlotte Nichols) to deliver leaflets using Nazi-style rhetoric about “incursions” of Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller people, and then to pretend that it was a justifiable mistake because she was personally unfamiliar with the dictionary definition of the word “incursion”, even though it was used on a leaflet that must have been worked on, and approved by dozens of different people within the Labour Party.
Then there’s all the “flags and fatherlandism” bullshit Starmer has adopted because a London-based corporate image consultancy told him to try to trick northerners and the working class into voting Labour by adopting the tone and tactics of the National Front, rather than actually just listening them and then developing policies to rebuild their communities and improve the material conditions of their lives.
Contempt for black people and their concerns about systematic violence and persecution; contempt for Jews who refuse to conform to stereotypical Jewish behaviour and beliefs; contempt for British Muslims; contempt towards Trans people; contempt towards Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller people; contempt for northerners and the working classes; and all wrapped up in the “flags and fatherlandism” presentation style of the extreme-right!
I don’t know how many voters Starmer thinks he’s going to win back from the Tories with an approach like this, but it’s pretty obvious that for every one right-wing authoritarian voter he does win over, he’s going to drive away dozens of natural (socialist and socially progressive) Labour voters in the process, isn’t he?
Now I can get on with writing why people shouldn’t vote Conservative (unless I find someone else has done that as well)!
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