Rachel Reeves really put her foot in it on the morning media round today (Thursday, January 20, 2022).
Challenged over the fact that her political party – Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories (formerly Labour) – has room for a right-wing Conservative, but not for a socialist like Jeremy Corbyn, she not only admitted that she was glad that Starmer had changed Labour into a pale reflection of the Conservatives, but also spluttered that Mr Corbyn should apologise for the fabricated anti-Semitism “crisis” that was foisted on him for political reasons by right-wing organisations outside the party and was then seized by right-wingers within Labour itself.
She lied, saying Mr Corbyn needed to apologise for his response to the “EHCR” [sic – she meant EHRC (Equality and Human Rights Commission)] report because it had said Labour was “institutionally anti-Semitic”; the EHRC report said no such thing. Here are the facts:
Why does the @EHRC not state plainly and publicly that it did not find Corbyn's Labour Party 'institutionally antisemitic'?
Why is it allowing its report to be misrepresented by BBC, C4, and sundry Tories and Starmer supporters?#ItWasAScam pic.twitter.com/UqZs7gWrPk
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) January 20, 2022
And she lied again, saying that Mr Corbyn damaged relations between the Labour Party and “the Jewish community”. Firstly, there is no single group that identifies as “the Jewish community” or represents all Jews in the UK (although there are some who falsely claim they do); and secondly, Mr Corbyn did nothing to upset any Jews at all – some people on the political right saw an opportunity to bring down a socialist by lying about him and opportunists like Ms Reeves joined them.
Hear it for yourself because here’s the clip:
If that wasn’t bad enough, Reeves seems to have gone on a destructive rampage against Labour’s left-wingers and through her own party’s current policies to ensure that a Labour Party with either her or Starmer as its MPs would never be acceptable to left-wing voters:
She said that the loss of 200,000 members was a “good thing” because it removed anti-Semites from the party, and “people who never shared our values”. She did not say what those values were but let’s take a moment to remind ourselves that this is a person who gave a glowing endorsement to Nancy Astor, who was an infamous anti-Semite, Nazi idealogue and supporter of Adolf Hitler.
I don't know about you, but to be perfectly honest I am extremely pleased I do not share Rachel Reeves values. Mendacity, opportunism and treachery don't float my boat.
— Simon de Jever (@de_jever) January 19, 2022
She admitted that Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories were in financial difficulty but lied yet again, saying this was Jeremy Corbyn’s fault. In fact, when Mr Corbyn handed over the party leadership to Starmer, Labour had £13.5 million in the bank. Starmer, and his general secretary David Evans, squandered the lot.
Some of these claims were made on the Today show; some in the Financial Times. None of them were corrected by either Today presenter Mishal Husain or any of the newspaper’s editorial staff. On the BBC’s side, this is surprising, because only last week the corporation apologised for not challenging claims of anti-Semitism against Jeremy Corbyn in another interview:
and the half hour later legal bit. pic.twitter.com/3QvxjnH54n
— Jed Shed (@jed_shed) January 12, 2022
We may await an apology and correction – although I expect we shall be waiting a long time.
Fortunately, those of us who want a better life for more people than just the fabled “one per cent” don’t have to put up with Reeves’s nonsense any longer: there is an alternative:
Our Alliance will work together on a future electoral strategy. #PAL
— Thelma Walker (@Thelma_DWalker) January 20, 2022
It seems likely that at least six other groups are likely to announce their own involvement in PAL.
Of course, there will be no publicity from the BBC, Financial Times, or any of the other mainstream media. They’ve spent decades neutering Labour; they won’t want to let some other working-class Lefty upstarts rock the boat, now they think they’ve put us all back in our place.
If it’s a genuine alternative, it will grow in spite of them – and This Writer is looking forward to helping that happen.
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