I don’t know what image Rachel Reeves hoped to present with her stage-managed interview in The Guardian yesterday (Monday, July 10, 2023) – but the one we got was utterly, utterly awful.
If you’ve got a strong stomach, read the article and you’ll see what I mean about stage-management. She comes across as a total fake.
The really disgraceful stuff is in the segment about Ken Loach. The legendary film director was expelled from Labour in August 2021. It came amid accusations of anti-Semitism but that was never given as the reason for pushing him out.
So in the article we get this from Reeves:
(Loach himself was expelled from Labour in 2021 for appearing on a Labour Against the Witchhunt platform way before that organisation was proscribed by the party. The group was formed to campaign against what were seen as politically motivated allegations of antisemitism in the Labour party). This doesn’t sound like a broad coalition, does it? “Look, Keir’s No 1 thing when he became leader was he was going to tear out antisemitism at the roots, and that means there is a zero-tolerance approach.”
I tell her I am Jewish and that I agree with a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism, but the party is so gung-ho that it is now labelling people antisemitic who simply aren’t – and there is a danger of destroying lives in the process.
“Well, look, I’m not on the bodies that make those decisions, so I don’t know the details of that case. But it is so important that we are seen to – and we do – tackle antisemitism. Ken Loach, you might like his films, but his views … well, certainly, they are not ones I share.”
That doesn’t make him antisemitic, I say.
“You don’t think Ken Loach is antisemitic? OK. Well, I think we might have to agree to differ.”
Why does she think he is antisemitic? “Look, I’m not on the bodies that make these decisions, but I think it’s right we have a zero-tolerance approach,” she repeats.
You can’t make such an accusation without supporting it, I say.
“Well, look, I’m not on the body who makes these decisions,” she repeats yet again. Loach later tells me there was no due process in his expulsion: he was just told he was unfit to be a party member; antisemitism wasn’t mentioned.
She couldn’t support her claim that Mr Loach was anti-Semitic for one simple reason: he isn’t. And Labour doesn’t have any evidence to the contrary.
But I’ll tell you who was anti-Semitic: Nancy Astor.
Why do I mention this? Because of this:
Rachel Reeves calls Ken Loach antisemitic, without a shred of proof
The same Reeves whose political hero is raving antisemite Nancy Astor
Astor once said for her to support UK involvement in WWII, the Nazis would have to do more than 'give a rough time to the killers of Christ' pic.twitter.com/RaQAR1BDVq
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza 🏳️🌈 (@TheMendozaWoman) July 10, 2023
If you want proof of Reeves’s support for Astor, I can provide it – because I called on Labour’s then-General Secretary to do something about it:
@JennieGenSec Will @UKLabour be suspending this party member for her very clear support of a known anti-Semite, and therefore of anti-Semitism in general? If not, why not?
— Mike Sivier (@MidWalesMike) February 24, 2020
I never heard back from Jennie Formby. It seems that, like the Tories, the Labour leadership follows a One-Rule-For-You, A-Different-Rule-For-Us principle.
We can follow this through to some of the other things Reeves has said lately, like her refusal to commit to paying public sector workers a fair wage:
.@unitetheunion, represents thousands of workers across the public sector, and I’m putting @UKLabour on notice that it doesn’t matter who’s in power: when it comes to the #JobsPayConditions of our members we will do what it takes to make sure they get a proper deal.🧵2/2
— Sharon Graham (@UniteSharon) July 9, 2023
Public sector workers have seen their pay crumble away under the Tory government. Reeves, as a member of Parliament, has had her own pay shored up with public money, and her pay packet is worth as much in real terms as it was in 2010 when she was first elected.
As I suggested: one rule for us; a different rule for them.
She won’t put any public money into building new houses for people on councils’ waiting lists:
Labour say £0.00p of taxpayers’ money will be spent building new homes for families.
The Green Party pledge 500,000 council homes for ordinary people paid for by taxation.
Which side are you on? pic.twitter.com/pPJef54yQ8
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) July 9, 2023
See? She wants to make profit for builders by getting them building private houses. Great for those who can afford it – but those most in need won’t be able to, because she won’t make sure they’re paid the living wage that is required to make that happen. One rule for them…
So she won’t support the “ordinary working people” (as Labour now defines us) – but she’ll happily speak up for a former member of the Tory government that inflicted on us the cruel austerity that has caused so many of these problems.
In so doing, she also took a swipe at protest movements – causing This Writer to note (in another article) that without protesters, she wouldn’t have the right to vote, let alone the chance to have the second-highest job in the land. Here’s Howard Beckett to explain:
Emily Davison lost her life after a horse crashed into her on 4 June 1913 at Epsom. She was protesting for the right of women to vote. Disrupting a sporting event was the protest
Someone give ultra conservative Rachel Reeves a history lesson on protest
— Howard Beckett (@BeckettUnite) July 9, 2023
That brings us back to the Guardian interview, that took place in Reeves’s home town.
It seems she was desperate to demonstrate that she was still in touch with her family roots.
Sadly, she and her party have long since left their political roots far behind them.
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