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#KeirStarmer seizes control of #Labour candidate selection. Members are no longer needed

Apt: Keir Starmer reckons he was named after original Labour leader Hardie – but can anyone doubt that his illustrious forerunner might have said these words, if confronted with evidence of Starmer’s abysmal behaviour.

The Labour Party leadership has seized control of Parliamentary candidate selection from local parties. Grassroots members now have no control at all over who represents them in Westminster.

Longlisting of candidates will now be carried out by national and regional executive committees run by hard-right-wing apparatchiks whose aims are unlikely to correspond to those of the socialist grassroots.

The argument for the change is that NEC longlisting increases diversity and ensures a higher quality of candidates because due diligence is done at the start of the process. It also reduces the timetable of selections from nine weeks to a maximum of five and introduces a spending cap on selection campaigns of £1.50 per member, with a maximum cap of £3,500 applied.

The decision means Westminster will become an exclusive club for right-wing friends of Keir Starmer. He and his cronies will choose who gets to join the club with them.

Local constituency party members will have just one use: to campaign on behalf of the members of the Westminster club, who will enjoy all the rewards but do little of the work.

Who wants that sh*t?

This Writer strongly recommends that any left-wing, socialist Labour Party member should quit now.

Just rip up your membership card and send it back with a note of resignation and a request for your membership fee to be refunded for the period between now and whenever it runs out.

Then go and join one of the let-wing organisations that have sprung up to take the torch of socialism that Labour has dropped.

As someone else has already said, Labour is a movement, not a brand.

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Labour leaders keep Corbyn out of Parliamentary party after welcoming right-wing Tory

Philosophical: Jeremy Corbyn may not have regained his place in the Parliamentary Labour Party but he retains the high ground.

Leaders of the political party that falsely claims to provide an alternative to the hard-right Conservative government but welcomes the most right-wing of Tories to its ranks with open arms has voted to extend Jeremy Corbyn’s banishment from its Parliamentary membership.

Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee agreed by 23 votes in favour, 14 against and one abstention not to restore the party’s Parliamentary whip to Mr Corbyn after hearing from Chief Whip Alan Campbell, who said the party’s former leader had not apologised nor addressed any of the issues raised against him when his membership was suspended unilaterally by party leader Keir Starmer in November 2020.

Starmer decided to throw Mr Corbyn out after the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had found that Labour had not been institutionally anti-Semitic under Mr Corbyn’s leadership, but right-wing factionalists had interfered with the party’s handling of complaints in order to bring the socialist then-leader into disrepute.

The EHRC examined 70 cases, of which 42 (60 per cent) were found not to have been investigated in line with the party’s policies at the time.

Mr Corbyn’s response to the EHRC’s finding was wrongly said to be offensive to Jewish people by Starmer. Let’s just check that…

So, right-wingers – with whom Starmer aligns – had tried to mislead the public into thinking Mr Corbyn was responsible for failures to address complaints of anti-Semitism when in fact they were to blame, having done so in order to falsely create an impression that the amount of anti-Semitism in Labour was far greater than was in fact the case – and Mr Corbyn was suspended as a member of the Parliamentary Labour Party for pointing this out?

If anybody should apologise, it seems that person’s name is “Keir Starmer”.

His resignations as party leader, MP and Labour member should follow (in This Writer’s opinion).

But we know that isn’t going to happen. He has spent far too much of the nearly two years he has been leader perverting the party’s rules and procedures to favour himself and his cronies to ever do that!

There is an alternative, though:

Mr Corbyn himself retains the higher ground:

This Writer would certainly agree that it is time for Mr Corbyn to join the left-wing movement that rising outside the Labour Party, which needs socialists far more than they need tepid Tories.

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Labour’s ruling committee votes to continue retrospective expulsions

For the many? Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories are expelling people for being socialists. So much for their ‘broad church’!

What a rotten day for democracy in the Labour Party.

The ruling National Executive Committee of Keir Starmer’s Tepid Tories has voted to continue expelling people retrospectively for having anything to do with organisations that the party has since proscribed.

These people would have had no idea that they were doing anything wrong by their contact with these groups.

Indeed, at the time they weren’t doing anything wrong at all.

And in many, if not all, cases there is no reason to believe these groups have done anything to justify being proscribed, even now.

… And that means there is no reason to believe these now-former Labour Party members have done anything to justify the party expelling them.

On the other hand, there is ever reason to believe that Keir Starmer – and those others of his ilk who are responsible for this travesty – have done wrong.

But they can’t be expelled because they twist Labour’s rules to mean anything they want.

I find myself agreeing with a tweet I’ve just read, although I would paraphrase it slightly:

It’s a bad day for democracy, but a great day for corruption.

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It isn’t the week of redacted reports after all; it’s the week of POSTPONED reports #FordeReport

Keir Starmer: has he sabotaged an important inquiry?

Even Martin Forde has lost track of what his inquiry is supposed to discover, I reckon.

Why else would his report – now around 18 months late – still be unfinished?

Originally intended to find out whether allegations in the leaked Labour Party report The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014-2019 were accurate, Forde was (then? later?) ordered to find out who leaked it (by Labour leader Keir Starmer).

Later still, it was stated that most of the inquiry’s aims had been dropped and it would now focus merely on the “culture” of the Labour Party – whatever that means.

No wonder Mr Forde has just reported to Labour’s National Executive Committee that his report has been delayed yet again – and won’t be available, even in redacted form, in time for the January 25, 2022 NEC meeting:

He says that the report is still only “largely” completed – is this because he has become as confused as the rest of us about what it is supposed to say?

This is potentially humorous: “We have been working extremely hard to ensure our recommendations are clear, cogent and workable.”

We’ll be the judges of that!

And isn’t it suspicious that he wishes to “place on record” that the delay has not been caused by “political interference”?

What has he been doing for the last 19 months, then?

LabourList editor Sienna Rodgers also seems to be running out of patience. She tweeted:

The reply appears to have been delayed.

In all seriousness, it is questionable whether the Forde Report – or indeed the ICO report, if it ever appears, will have any relevance at all; when the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that Labour was not institutionally anti-Semitic, in autumn 2020, it reported a factional, right-wing culture of delay in handling complaints, in order to cast false blame on the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

So the allegations in the leaked report have been proved by the EHRC. Haven’t they?

The trouble with that is, it isn’t what Keir Starmer wants to hear.

He wants to blame the Labour left-wingers – particularly those Jewish people he has been busily expelling for no reason at all since he became party leader.

That’s why Mr Forde’s protestations of non-interference ring so hollow and his inquiry is so badly compromised. Nobody is going to believe him if he exonerates the Right and blames the Left, after the EHRC did the exact opposite.

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Is this the week of the redacted reports? #Partygate #FordeReport

All in it together: reports about Boris Johnson and Labour’s right-wing faction (to which Keir Starmer belongs) are set to be published during the week – but both Johnson and Starmer will be able to edit them before the public gets to learn anything about them that may harm their standing generally. Shouldn’t they be blocked from doing that?

Two hugely important and controversial reports are set to be released in the coming week – but it seems the authorities behind them are so worried about how they’ll be taken that they won’t let us read them in their entirety.

We’re being led to believe that the Sue Gray’s report on Partygate is likely to come out first – probably on Monday.

But the amount of detail released to the public will be decided by Boris Johnson, according to Deputy PM Dominic Raab.

That’s a perverse decision, isn’t it? He’s the one the report is about!

Worse than that is the claim that the report won’t be based on all the information that it should use, because officials at 10 Downing Street have withheld it.

It seems that, even after the Information Commissioner’s Office intervened to warn that withholding or deleting information is against the law, at least three Downing Street employees have done so – in fear.

The claim adds more damage to Johnson’s credibility, after allegations were made that his whips were blackmailing MPs into withholding letters of “no confidence” in his leadership and Nusrat Ghani said that, after she was sacked as a minister over her “Muslimness”, Johnson advised her to complain by using the wrong method.

It seems increasingly that, despite the fact that we all know what it should say, Ms Gray’s report won’t be worth the time it will take for us to hear it.

The other document that should become public – on Tuesday – is the long-awaited Forde Report into alleged mishandling of anti-Semitism claims by Labour Party officers.

This was prompted after an internal party report, The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014-2019 was leaked to the public.

It asserted that factionalism in the party – by right-wing senior managers – was responsible for failures to properly handle allegations of racism and anti-Semitism (a claim that has been corroborated to a great extent by the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on claims that the party was institutionally anti-Semitic).

The report was originally due in early 2021. After being delayed for an entire year, it is expected to go before members of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee on Tuesday (January 25).

But any copy of it that is seen by the public is likely to appear only in edited form.

For any member of the public, the editing of both reports raises the same concern: what do Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have to hide?

Both these reports are on matters of public interest; we deserve to have the facts.

But they both cover activities that could reflect poorly on the prime minister and the Labour leader, respectively.

Shouldn’t they be prevented from having anything to do with these documents before they are published in full?

Source: Dominic Raab refuses to confirm full publication of Sue Gray partygate report | Boris Johnson | The Guardian

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#Labour is dead; who’s joining #PAL instead?

Rachel Reeves: it has been suggested that she would be more at home in the actual Conservative Party than Labour – but now Keir Starmer has turned the Red party into Tepid Tories it seems she has become comfortable again.

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:

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.

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:

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:

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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#BBC admits there’s no evidence of #antisemitism by #JeremyCorbyn

This is a landmark moment.

The BBC has stated categorically that there is no evidence to support any claim that former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is an anti-Semite or has behaved in any way that suggests anti-Semitism on his part:

As you can tell from listening to the statement by BBC 5 Live presenter Rachel Burden, claims that Mr Corbyn was an anti-Semite had been made by a Conservative doner, the Phones4U billionaire John Caudwell during an interview on her show.

Some of us are delighted by this BBC policy statement:

Personally, I’m looking forward to the splutters of indignation from the anti-Semitism scammers (you know who you are).

And yet, they’ll provide absolutely no hard evidence to support their claims.

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If you signed the #petition against #Blair’s #knighthood, you’ll want to sign this too

Peter Mandelson: why isn’t Keir Starmer already investigating his involvement with Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell?

One of the reasons This Writer appealed for readers to sign a petition against Tony Blair receiving a knighthood was his association with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, who procured children for him to sexually abuse.

Blair’s name appears in Epstein and Maxwell’s infamous black book – once.

Blair lieutenant – and now an advisor to current Labour leader Keir Starmer – Peter Mandelson has 10 entries in it.

Starmer seems to think there’s nothing amiss with this.

So there’s a petition calling for Mandelson’s Labour Party membership to be suspended while an independent investigation into the extent of his involvement with Epstein and Maxwell’s sex trafficking, paedophilia and sexual blackmail enterprise takes place.

Visit the petition page to see seven reasons Mandelson’s behaviour should be investigated.

And please sign the petition.

Here’s where you can find it: Petition SUSPEND Lord Mandelson from Labour while carrying out probe into extent of his involvement with sex traffickers Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell

#Labour is said to be on verge of #bankruptcy – and we can all see the reason

Keir Starmer: if his job was to destroy the Labour Party, then it is nearly complete.

So there you have it. After less than two years in office, Keir Starmer has turned a bank account of around £13 million into bankruptcy.

And he was the Great White Hope of neoliberal right-wing Labour – the “any other leader” who was going to revitalise the party’s popularity and put it 20 points ahead of the Tories in the polls.

Labour is ahead of the Tories in some polls (just!) – but only because corrupt Conservative prime minister Boris Johnson has disgraced himself by breaking the rules he himself imposed on the people of the UK.

How did Starmer drag Labour to this new low?

Partly by launching a wrong-headed crusade against left-wingers/socialist party members, under the guise of attacking anti-Semitism. We all know it’s a false flag because he has been expelling left-wing Jews.

Court cases both by and against Labour, due to this outrageous behaviour, have cost the party millions.

And ordinary members have been deserting the party, having realised that Starmer is turning it back into a tepid version of the Tories that they simply won’t support.

What better example of this behaviour could we have than Starmer’s response to a vote on the Tory Welfare Cap on Monday (January 10)?

What a shocking indictment against Labour – the party that was set up to stand up for common people everywhere!

You can probably work out most of the Labour MPs who voted against the plan to restrict benefits to poverty levels and increase child poverty, but here’s the list:

Apsana Begum, Richard Burgon, Ian Byrne, Dan Carden, Margaret Greenwood, Kate Hollern, Kim Johnson, Ian Lavery, Andy McDonald, John McDonnell, Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Marie Rimmer, Zarah Sultana, and Beth Winter.

Jeremy Corbyn and Claudia Webbe also voted against it but of course Starmer has thrown them out of his Parliamentary party for no good reason.

183 Labour MPs abstained, including Starmer himself and his Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Jonathan Ashworth – indicating tacit support for the harm the Tory measures will inflict on vulnerable people across the UK.

That is why Labour is nearly bankrupt: if Starmer won’t stand up for us, we can’t support him.

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Why did stable-heater #NadhimZahawi lie when the truth makes both #Tories and #Labour look bad?

Flag-shagging liar: Nadhim Zahawi.

The UK’s leaders – on both sides of the political divide – are insane.

With millions of people infected with the Omicron variant (and other variants) of Covid-19 over the Christmas period, many thousands hospitalised, and the National Health Service pushed beyond its limits in attempting to cope, hindsight tells us there should have been a lockdown the instant Omicron was discovered.

But Tory education secretary Nadhim Zahawi – the Tory who infamously claimed public money as expenses so he could heat his stables, interviewed by the BBC’s Sophie Raworth on Sunday morning, attacked Labour’s Wes Streeting for advocating just such an approach!

And – worse still – Streeting then insisted on correcting the record, pointing out that he did not call for a lockdown and posting video evidence to prove it:

How does this make Labour look better?

Streeting just admitted he supported a plan that has killed hundreds of people, hospitalised thousands, and may force millions to live with Long Covid for years to come, while crippling the National Health Service that was created by a previous Labour government.

And Zahawi just admitted that it was Tory policy to cause those hundreds of deaths, hospitalise those thousands of people, infect millions with Long Covid and attack the NHS.

Both the Tories and Labour have disgraced themselves.

Zahawi made matters worse for the Tory government by lying about investment in the NHS, repeating claims about the recruitment of nurses and doctors that were proved to be false, long ago.

I’ll hand you over to Peter Stefanovic for those facts:

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/mike-sivier-libel-fight/


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