I think we all know the answer: Starmer’s Labour leadership is using anti-Semitism as cover while it removes socialism, root and branch, from the party he now considers to be his property.
But this betrayal of Jewish people comes particularly hard after he made such a show of supporting the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) demand for a properly-functioning complaints process.
Look what he has done – and what he hasn’t:
After suspending the membership of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, without having received a complaint and citing no breaches of party rules, Starmer received a letter from the organisation representing Jewish people, Jewdas. It made complaints against several leading Labour figures as follows:
Luke Pollard MP successfully initiated a campaign to erect a statue to a self-professed antisemite, namely Nancy Astor, for her contributions to women’s rights. Mr Pollard then refused to apologise when confronted with Astor’s record of hideous antisemitism. Given your principled actions thus far, we trust you will agree that Astor’s support for the Nazi Party and her description of Jews as a “world problem” make Mr Pollard’s statue campaign entirely unacceptable for a Labour MP.
Rachel Reeves MP tweeted public praise for Nancy Astor with regards to the planned statue. Ms Reeves refused to retract her tweets or apologise when confronted with Astor’s antisemitism, in particular her claim that Hitler would have to do more than “give a rough time…to the killers of Christ” before Britain should risk war.
Barry Sheerman MP tweeted, “Apparently there has been a bit of a run on silver shekels!” This was in relation to two Jewish businessmen left off the Lords list of that year.
Iain McNicol purposefully mishandled, or allowed to be mishandled, claims of antisemitism while Chief Executive of the Labour Party. This led to antisemites being allowed to stay in the party and directly threatening the safety of Jewish members. We trust that you understand that such minimisation of the problem of antisemitism in the party is abhorrent and that Mr McNicol’s culpability for the Labour Party’s unlawful conduct while in the position of Chief Executive – as outlined in the EHRC report – render him unfit to be a Labour parliamentarian.
Steve Reed MP described a Jewish businessman as “the puppet master to the entire Conservative cabinet.” This is a long-standing antisemitic trope employed by Nazis and other antisemites and its prevalence in the Labour Party is a direct threat to safety of Jewish members.
Lisa Nandy MP described antisemitism as, “a racism that punches up”. The implication being that Jews are an elite group with disproportionate power in society. This is an incredibly dangerous antisemitic notion and has no place in the Labour Party.
And what has Starmer done about these complaints against anti-Semites in his own inner circle, among others on his branch of the Labour Party?
He has done nothing.
This Writer has always said we must judge our political leaders by their actions, not just their words; the best possible leadership is leadership by example.
Starmer’s actions show that he supports anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. What does that make him?
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