The contrast could not be more pronounced.
After Keir Starmer had Labour’s NEC vote to forcibly deselect Jeremy Corbyn as a party candidate in general elections, not just in Islington North but anywhere, the former Labour leader made his feelings about the matter clear in no uncertain terms:
The decision by Keir Starmer to block @jeremycorbyn from reselection in the constituency he's represented for the past 40 yrs is a disgrace, it's both an insult to him & the people of Islington Northpic.twitter.com/UFsVz5dnnf #Corbyn #JeremyCorbyn #KeirStarmer #Labour
— Jerry Hicks (@JerryHicksUnite) March 30, 2023
His position could not be clearer: the vote – and the decision – were an insult to democracy and showed contempt for the Labour Party members of Islington North, whose wishes have been steamrolled by Starmer.
And how do Starmer and his lieutenants justify their behaviour?
They talk about a subject that wasn’t even mentioned in Starmer’s NEC motion.
Here’s Wes Streeting on Robert Peston’s show:
On #Peston Wes Streeting was briefly asked about Jeremy Corbyn being banned as a Labour candidate, and Streeting immeadiately raised the issue of antisemitism. Peston replied thats not why he was thrown out. Streeting ignores him and carries on talking about antisemitism. pic.twitter.com/cjyXQR7c1w
— Saul Staniforth (@SaulStaniforth) March 30, 2023
For the record, Streeting was lying. Jeremy Corbyn apologised many times for the focus on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party during his leadership (that he was right to say was disproportionate; anti-Semitism in Labour at the time was lower than in any other UK political organisation); he fully accepted the EHRC’s report and called for its recommendations to be enacted in full (which is yet to happen, as I understand it).
Here’s Wes Streeting on Kay Burley’s Sky News show:
Wes Streeting repeatedly mentioning antisemitism when explaining why he supports Jerermy Corbyn being banned as a Labour candidate. Except the motion to ban Corbyn didn't mention antisemitism once. pic.twitter.com/WRCIUPhDnS
— Saul Staniforth (@SaulStaniforth) March 29, 2023
It’s the same nonsense.
Let’s have a balancing view: the Alba Party’s Alex Salmond telling LBC’s Iain Dale where to get off:
'Keir Starmer believes that by banning Jeremy Corbyn he's going to get brownie points.'
— LBC (@LBC) March 28, 2023
That’s the fact of the matter, isn’t it?
Keir Starmer thinks that banning Jeremy Corbyn from standing, and sending Wes Streeting to trot out that fake line about anti-Semitism, will earn him points among the middle class voters of Middle England.
He’s wrong and he’ll find that out for himself in just a few weeks’ time.
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