Was Streeting’s about-turn on Gaza just a pose?

Wes Streeting: look at that smug smirk.

Take a look at Wes Streeting, laughing and joking in a London restaurant after Labour hijacked the SNP motion for a ceasefire in Gaza and made it meaningless:


He was acting as though he didn’t have a care in the world. He certainly didn’t seem to care about what he and his party had just done.

To clarify: after the SNP tabled a motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the collective punishment (a war crime) meted out on Palestinian non-combatants there by Israel, Keir Starmer’s Labour (of which Streeting is a leading MP) tabled an amendment removing that reference, adding verbiage sympathetic to Israel and saying any ceasefire should happen at Israel’s convenience.

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When it came to the vote, SNP and Tory MPs had walked out of the Commons chamber in protest at Speaker Lyndsay Hoyle’s decision to allow the Labour amendment to be debated (it was against convention for another opposition party to table an amendment when the government had also tabled one), so Labour MPs were free to approve their amendment, meaning the SNP could not have a vote on its own motion.

This is a clear abuse of Parliamentary procedure (and Hoyle had been warned of this very fact by his clerk, before he adopted the Labour amendment). It brought the entire debate into disrepute.

And then we see video of Streeting laughing afterwards, without a care in the world.

It makes a mockery of his words on Sky News on Monday: “What we have seen are actions that go beyond reasonable self-defence and also call into question whether Israel has broken international law. The ICJ [International Court of Justice] are now investigating and we take all of that seriously.

“I think, objectively, yes, Israel has gone too far. And we have seen that with a disproportionate loss of innocent civilian life.”

“A disproportionate loss of innocent civilian life” suggested that Streeting agreed with the SNP’s motion that said Israel was inflicting collective punishment on the non-combatant citizens of Gaza – punishing them for the actions of Hamas.

And then Labour tabled its watered-down amendment, he supported that, and went off to have a laugh and a joke over a slap-up meal while Gazans like him were being shot, bombed, slaughtered.

He and his party do not deserve to form a government – and the people know it:

If you thought you would support Labour at the next election, think again.

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