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Corbyn will speed Labour anti-Semitism expulsions – even if the accused members are innocent

Facepalm: And quit right – Jeremy Corbyn should be ashamed of the cop-out he delivered to the shadow cabinet – and the Labour Party at large.

According to the Labour Party, these are the figures on anti-Semitism by members since January:

Between January and June 2019, Labour received 625 complaints about members relating to anti-Semitism, and a further 658 complaints about people who weren’t in the party.

So Labour received more complaints about anti-Semitism by people who weren’t even members than it did about members themselves. What happened? Has Margaret Hodge been submitting complaints again?

[The National Executive Committee] referred 97 members to the National Constitutional Committee [which has power to suspend or expel offenders] over their cases, handed out 41 official warnings and a further 49 “reminders of conduct”.

So cases proceeded in 187 out of 625 cases – less than one-third of the total number of complaints. That’s right – 438 party members were found innocent of any wrongdoing, instantly.

And over those six months, the NCC expelled eight people, gave out three extended suspensions, and issued four warnings.

Another 12 members left the party after being referred to the NCC, and one member’s case was unproven.

We cannot assume that the 28 people mentioned above were among the 97 referred by the NEC. I’m willing to be the “unproven” case involved a member who brought a lawyer.

So, out of 187 people about whom Labour’s disputes team decided there was a case to answer, anything between 69 and 97 cases remain to be closed.

You can understand why Jeremy Corbyn was keen to announce that the process would be expedited, in the face of those numbers.

There’s just one problem:

Labour is still ignoring the main principle of British justice – all 97 of those members are innocent until they are proven guilty by the evidence.

And Labour has a real problem with that.

See, if a member produces evidence to show that they didndo anything anti-Semitic, it is not acceptable for NCC panels – even (especially) those chaired by Maggie Cousins – to reject that evidence out-of-hand.

If the member’s evidence outweighs that of the party – or the party’s representative cannot argue against it – then that member is innocent.

And no, Mr Corbyn – if the evidence is in favour of the member, it is not acceptable for your NCC to say “someone was offended by it” and expel the member on the trumped-up, nonsensical and meaningless charge of “bringing the party into disrepute”.

Trouble is, though, every case that goes up to the NCC has a note on it from the NEC, ordering the panel to find the defendant guilty. I know because I’ve been through the process and seen the paperwork.

What I’m saying is that on anti-Semitism, Jeremy Corbyn has let down the Labour Party yet again.

It is his only significant failure – but it is huge.

And how sad that the right-wingers in his party – and the right-wingers in the mass media – will pretend that he is letting the party down by failing to punish the nonexistent huge proportion of anti-Semites in the party.

Source: Labour anti-Semitism: Corbyn announces plan to speed up expulsions – BBC News

MPs’ ‘fury’ at local Labour party’s decision to expel former chief whip displays hypocrisy of witch-hunters

Hilary Armstrong: Her local Labour Party voted to expel her.

The tide is turning against the fakers who claimed the Labour Party was being overrun by anti-Semites – so it’s no wonder they don’t like it.

North West Durham Constituency Labour Party members knew that their decision, to vote for former chief whip Hilary Armstrong to be expelled, means very little in practical terms.

It was an expression of discontent with the attitude she was promoting – her claim that Jeremy Corbyn has failed to act properly as leader, in response to the allegations of anti-Semitism in the party.

The message is clear: Stop lying, stop complaining, and start fighting the falsehoods – or be prepared to be named, shamed… and worse.

The simple fact is that claims of anti-Semitism by Labour members were originally made for political reasons by supporters of the current Israeli government, who feared that a UK government led by Mr Corbyn would end this country’s support for that state’s apartheid regime.

The false claims were taken up and magnified by right-wing opponents of Mr Corbyn – Blairites like Ms Armstrong – who have paraded it before the (right-wing) press again and again in order to make Labour unelectable under Mr Corbyn.

This is a betrayal of the Labour Party, its members and principles and the North West Durham party is absolutely justified in its decision to deal Ms Armstrong a very hard – if metaphorical – slap.

It seems that there is a current fad for making lists of people, in order to deliver retribution to them for bad behaviour (either real or imagined) in the future.

Perhaps someone will be making a list of these “outraged” Labour MPs, with a view to ensuring that their own constituency parties take appropriate action in the future.

Pat Glass would be on that list, for the following tweet:

This Writer has been expelled from the Labour Party, and I didn’t break any rules either.

If MPs like Ms Glass continue to support a party system that privileges them above normal party members – in flagrant contradiction of Labour Party values – party members will have a duty to remove them from positions of responsibility. It is as simple as that.

Labour MPs expressed outrage last night after a local constituency party voted to expel former chief whip Hilary Armstrong from the party for accusing Jeremy Corbyn of a lack of leadership over antisemitism.

Although a local party has no formal power to expel a member on its own, as expulsions can only be ordered by the general secretary, the party’s national disputes panel or the national executive committee (NEC), the move was seen as an example of deepening divisions and ill-feeling between rival factions.

Source: Labour MPs are furious as local party votes to expel former chief whip | Politics | The Guardian

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‘Spiteful’? Watson’s comment on Campbell expulsion shows he’s unfit to be Labour deputy leader

He’s got his coat: Tom Watson’s support for Blairites who voted for other parties means he should be ejected from his position as Labour deputy leader – and preferably from the party altogether.

Tom Watson could not have given Labour Party members a better reason to remove him. He is a hypocrite – and a low one at that.

Mr Watson was quiet as a mouse when Labour members who supported Jeremy Corbyn were expelled by the thousand for the heinous crime of – for example – voting Green before they had even joined his party.

Labour’s deputy leader, who has a famous taste for pop music, had nothing to say when one member was kicked out for voicing her enjoyment of the Foo Fighters in Anglo-Saxon terms.

But when Alastair Campbell gets the boot for voting Liberal Democrat in the EU elections, up he squeaks.

Not good enough. If that’s what he thinks, he should be quitting the party of his own volition.

If he won’t (and I think he is himself too spiteful and vain to do the honourable thing), then it is time he was challenged for his position as Labour’s deputy leader. He disgraces it.

I note that The Guardian lists three other Blairite Labour members who voted for other parties and look forward to seeing reports of their expulsion as well.

Rules are rules. Mr Watson liked them well enough when he could use them to get his way.

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has said the decision to expel Alastair Campbell for voting Lib Dem was spiteful and members who voted for other parties in the European elections should be given an amnesty.

In a rebuke to Labour’s HQ, Watson said members who voted for other parties should be listened to rather than punished. Campbell, Tony Blair’s former spin doctor and a leading advocate for a people’s vote, admitted after polls had closed that he had voted Liberal Democrat.

The former Labour home secretary and party chairman Charles Clarke said he had also voted Liberal Democrat in the election, while the ex-defence secretary Bob Ainsworth said he voted Green.

Fiona Mactaggart, a former Labour minister, admitted she also voted Lib Dem and said it was “time for us all to declare: ‘I am Spartacus.’”

Watson said members who had voted elsewhere to send a message to Labour had been right about the party’s lack of clarity on the issue of a second referendum, compared with parties such as the Greens, Lib Dems and the SNP.

Source: Tom Watson calls Alastair Campbell’s expulsion ‘spiteful’ | Politics | The Guardian

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Alastair Campbell expelled from Labour – but he thinks HE has been mistreated

Alastair Campbell: He thinks he has been mistreated.

Sour grapes from the man who tweets as @campbellclaret – after being expelled from Labour for supporting another party, he intends to appeal.

But it’s an open-and-shut case: He has admitted voting for the Liberal Democrats and as a Labour Party member he knows that is an automatic-expulsion offence.

And what does he mean by “hard not to point out difference in the way antisemitism cases have been handled”?

He knows – or should know – that all cases are investigated by the so-called Compliance Unit. People have their memberships suspended while investigations take place – except in his case, where he admitted the offence, none was necessary.

I didn’t see him complaining when my Leftie colleague Kerry-Ann Mendoza revealed she had been booted out for voting Green, before she even joined the Labour Party. That was scandalous – not his own treatment.

And anti-Semitism? I know from personal experience that people accused of anti-Semitism have their memberships suspended while investigations take place. Then the matter can go one of three ways:

Rank-and-file members may receive a semblance of justice, according to whether or not they have behaved in an anti-Semitic way, the circumstances informing that behaviour and the severity of any offence.

If the accused is a member of the party hierarchy, an excuse will be found to ensure that no investigation takes place and the Compliance Unit will refuse to engage in any correspondence on the subject.

If the accused is a high-profile supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, an excuse will be found to expel them. Any excuse will do. The party’s reasons for expelling me bear absolutely no resemblance to the charges under which I was suspended.

And I don’t have any right of appeal, Mr Campbell!

Perhaps he’s right and we should be looking at the difference between Mr Campbell’s treatment and that of people accused of anti-Semitism.

But let’s not for a moment entertain the possibility that he is the one who has been mistreated.

Source: Labour expels Alastair Campbell from party | Politics | The Guardian

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Groundswell of demand for Labour to expel the Jewish Labour Movement

What did the leaders of the Jewish Labour Movement expect after they held an “almost unanimous” vote of “no confidence” in Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party? Applause?

The simple fact is that most people who give such matters more than a passing thought have seen through the machinations of the organisation whose former name – Poale Zion – translates as “Workers of Zion”; the Zionist Labour Movement.

After a relaunch in 2015 it is an organisation of people – not necessarily Labour Party members or even Jews – who support the far-right Likud government in Israel and its policy of slow genocide against the Palestinian people.

So of course it is opposed to Jeremy Corbyn’s philosophy, that requires a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine question. And the group’s leaders aren’t above creating false evidence to suggest wrongdoing on the part of the Labour leader.

When it isn’t manufacturing its own smears against innocent people (new JLM chair Mike Katz was involved in this one), it tries to build hysteria about smears manufactured by others.

For years, the Labour leadership has followed a policy of appeasement that has done nothing but encourage this treacherous organisation and its leaders into ever-more-outrageous outbursts.

But it seems to have overstretched itself this time, as increasing numbers of people are demanding the organisation’s expulsion from affiliation with the Labour Party on any level at all.

Here’s just one reaction to the “no confidence” vote:

https://twitter.com/LabLeftVoice/status/1114903933158350851

Diana Neslen followed up on this with: “Time the JLM affiliated to a party more in keeping with their values The Tory party springs to mind. They show nothing but contempt for Labour and have no reason any more to remain affiliated.”

As Sam Langdon put it on Twitter: “Maybe I’m wrong and happy to be corrected but would it be so bad for them to go? JLM aren’t necessarily anything to do with Labour anyway, and all they seem to do is sprout rubbish? Wouldn’t it be better?”

On Facebook, the criticism came thick and fast.

Nicola Giles stated: “I think it was already decided a long while ago.. what the jlm were going to do.. it’s a long coordinated campaign. just to keep dragging it out… yet actually Jewish members don’t seem to be able to get their voices heard.”

Jason Cox stated: “It’s a grave injustice these people are doing to the Labour Party and Jewish people and the fight against genuine anti semitism.”

Here‘s Kevin Glieg: “Why is this organisation called Jewish (not necessary to be Jewish to be a member), or Labour (not necessary to be a Labour Party member); the Labour Party should expel this group.”

Mike Cobley: “JLM are detrimental to the party’s campaigning mission and electoral viability – they should be brought to account for this.”

Jan Hutton was “sick and tired of this orchestrated attack…”

Ruby Foxe stated: “The Labour Party should expel the JLM.”

Linda Poulson: “Let them go they are trying to destroy Labour from within.”

Melissa Spenner Naylor: “Bout time the party got rid of the JLM.”

These are a fraction of the comments received by This Writer alone.

As I have stated previously: Enough is enough.

It’s time Labour regrew its backbone and kicked out the misnamed Jewish Labour Movement once and for all.


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By expelling Jackie Walker, Labour has sealed its reputation – as a supporter of prejudice and racism

Protest: Labour Against the Witch-hunt was set up to defend party members – including Jews – who have been falsely accused of anti-Semitism by people and organisations with an agenda.

It will be a long time before Labour lives down the shame.

Socialist Voice puts the decision to expel Jackie Walker from the Labour Party into context:

That’s about the size of it. Thanks to its hugely prejudicial and politically-motivated “disciplinary” (if you can call it that) procedure, Labour has positioned itself as the party that persecutes left-wing Jews who support a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine question.

You can reverse-engineer that statement to work out Labour’s definition of anti-Semitism – any statement that might be said (you can’t put it any more strongly than that) to offend a right-wing, Zionist/pro-Israeli-government Jew.

Ms Walker was expelled after a panel of Labour’s National Constitutional Committee said she had committed “prejudicial and grossly detrimental behaviour against the party” – by being secretly recorded taking part in a training session on anti-Semitism run by the Jewish Labour Movement.

That’s right – she was asking perfectly reasonable (in context) questions about how the organisers defined anti-Semitism; about the genocides commemorated by Holocaust Memorial Day; and about the necessity for security at Jewish schools. Her crime, it seems, was in not knowing that somebody was recording her, intending to use her words to set her up as an anti-Semite herself.

Labour has said the finding against her also took account of a pattern of behaviour in the two-and-a-half years or so since her membership of the party was suspended – but I think it’s clear that this is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to justify the unacceptable.

A previous attempt to frame her – by hacking into her Facebook account and sending the most prejudicial material to be found (a claim – accurate – that Jews were among the financiers of the Caribbean slave trade) to a Jewish-orientated newspaper that turned it into a smear piece – had failed.

Members and supporters of the Labour Party, who know the history of this squalid smear, have been tweeting their support for Ms Walker since the verdict was revealed:

https://twitter.com/LabLeftVoice/status/1110937633239302144

“The subtext being that if you are Left and you have any opinions at all, then consider the trapdoor open anyway. The NCC are cowards. The system at the top, as regards these glorified back-room office drones, really needs an overhaul,” added Michael Clarke.

Hear, hear. This is an assault on people who have been termed “the wrong kind of Jew” – and is therefore racist in itself.

In stark contrast to the public response is the coverage by the (ha ha) mainstream news media and those who claim to represent British Jews. Consider:

Tom Clark of Another Angry Voice is right – there isn’t a single mention of Ms Walker’s own ethnicity in the article. Is someone ashamed of the fact that this crusade against anti-Semitism actually targets Jews?

It does mention the fact that her words were secretly recorded – but fails to question this unethical behaviour or why it should stand as evidence against her.

Apparently the Jewish Chronicle couldn’t bring itself to admit that immoral methods were used to frame Ms Walker – it couldn’t even get the charge right:

LabourList carried a hideously one-sided piece that would put a professional news organisation in danger of legal action for failing to be fair or accurate. It carried no comments in support of Ms Walker – had reporter Sienna Rodgers even sought any?

But it did feature several paragraphs of hate speech from the Jewish Labour Movement in which it accused her and others (who, me? I would hope not, after I forced that … organ to retract its smear piece against me) of “perpetuating a culture of denial and obfuscation”, whatever that is supposed to mean.

“She was free to make a mockery of the Party’s processes because she was a political ally of the leadership, NEC members and had support from MPs.” Such as the 38 members of Labour Tribune who signed a letter to Jennie Formby, Labour’s general secretary, less than a month before Ms Walker’s hearing, describing her as “…someone who has been thrown out of the party for making antisemitic comments” in the certain knowledge that it would prejudice the panel at her hearing?

Or like our old friend (ha ha) Margaret Hodge, who “welcomed” Ms Walker’s expulsion, according to the JC report?

The JLM statement concluded: “Despite warm words, very little action has followed in truly addressing the scale and impact of antisemitism within the Labour Party.” That is a bold statement to make after a verdict based on the unethical secret recording of honest, innocent questions at a session where it is reasonable to expect such questions to be addressed!

A joint statement from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Community Security Trust stated: “Nobody wins in this latest ugly case of disreputable behaviour.” Certainly not the facts, it seems; the “disreputable behaviour” to which the statement referred was not that of the JLM in recording Ms Walker.

As for the Campaign Against Antisemitism – a right-wing fringe group masquerading as a charity that has been using trumped-up, falsified claims of anti-Semitism to attack left-wingers in the Labour Party for years – well, see for yourself:

“What do they want? A public stoning?”

I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

I can mock these clowns – The Guardian, The Jewish ChronicleLabourList, The Board of Deputies, the Jewish Leadership Council, the Community Security Trust, the Jewish Labour Movement, the Campaign Against Antisemitism, Margaret Hodge and all the others – for as long as you like. Let’s face it – they provide plenty of material.

But the simple fact is that Ms Walker’s expulsion is mortifying – for everybody who thinks members of the Labour Party deserve better from their leaders.

Look at the charge – Prejudicial and grossly detrimental behaviour against the party. It’s a nonsense. It can be made to mean anything Labour’s highly-prejudiced and right-wing disciplinary team want it to mean – as Martin Odoni points out in this revealing article.

Look at the way Labour ignored the definition of anti-Semitic behaviour it adopted in such a high-profile way only last summer, in favour of a claim that Ms Walker would be guilty if an “ordinary person hearing or reading the comments might reasonably perceive them to be antisemitic”. Claptrap!

Look at the way Labour ignored its own disciplinary procedures – most notably in presenting Ms Walker with details of the evidence against her only days before her hearing. This runs contrary to the rules in that any evidence produced at such a late stage cannot be introduced into a case unless both parties agree to it, and time must be allowed for a response to be prepared and submitted. That is just one example among many.

We are left to contemplate – not a disgraced anti-Semite who has finally been made to face justice, but an honourable campaigner,  falsely-accused, falsely-expelled, and wrongly vilified by a disgraced, debased and corrupted political machine.

If Jeremy Corbyn ever gets to read these words – and he should – it is to be hoped that he burns with shame at the travesty committed by his subordinates, not in his name, but in an underhanded and foul-spirited campaign to remove him from the party leadership.

He has been able to beat the false accusations against him – possibly because of his position. So his enemies have attacked his high-profile supporters instead. And he has let it happen.

But he can’t stop this persecution alone. Labour’s ruling organisation is the National Executive Committee, whose members have failed to lift a single finger in the cause of justice. In fact, they have cheered on the persecution carried out by the compliance unit and the NCC.

Labour needs root-and-branch reform of all three organisations. And it needs it yesterday.

Or the party will never be fit to govern.


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Blair COULD be expelled from the Labour Party for supporting The Independent Group

Under suspicion: Tony Blair may have believed he was above the rules that affect all members of the Labour Party. Let’s hope he’s proved wrong.

Yet again, Vox Political has proved itself to be ahead of the crowd.

I said Tony Blair should be expelled from the Labour Party after he broke party rules by speaking in support of the new Independent Group.

Now it seems independent journalist Liam Young has matched my words with actions, calling on the party’s compliance unit to launch an investigation:

Note that he echoed my words. I stated: “Everybody in the Labour Party is equally subject to the rules. Right?

“But will Labour’s complaints department – known as the compliance unit – take action?

“Doubtful.

“As the anti-Semitism row has shown, this part of the party is dedicated to supporting the privileges of party representatives, rather than the rules – or the rights of the membership to see those rules supported.”

In fact, current rules say memberships should not be suspended unless there is a danger of them adversely influencing other. As a former party leader who, although yesterday’s man, still has some clout, Mr Blair clearly qualifies for suspension under this rule.

Evolve Politics has reported on this, and its article is well worth reading.

Members of the public seem to be in support of a suspension:


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Why do we never hear what the Tory Party does with its paedophiles?

Links: The Conservative Party’s connection with paedophiles goes back a long way – here’s a photo of former prime minister (and later baroness) Margaret Thatcher with Jimmy Savile.

We are not applying enough rigour to our examinations of the behaviour – or misbehaviour – of our politicians, especially when it comes to members of the Conservative Party who are paedophiles.

Many of these people rise to be mayors or deputy mayors of the councils in which they – for want of a better word – serve before their abominable crimes are discovered.

Here‘s the case of David Boswell, former Conservative mayor of Pembroke, who in June last year was convicted of raping a young girl, along with three other indecent assaults against her and another girl.

And here‘s Simon Thornton, formerly Conservative mayor of Godalming, who was involved in a three-year-long sexual relationship with a girl aged less than 16 and admitted a total of 20 child sex offences.

Or how about David Jackson, who became deputy mayor of Horley after being arrested for child sex offences? In November last year he was found guilty of indecently assaulting and sexually touching two young girls.

These cases were brought to my attention by Tim Ireland on Twitter – for one simple reason: Nobody in the Conservative Party leadership will say whether these perverts have been expelled from their party.

You’d think it was a straightforward matter – and therefore an easy question to answer.

But it seems neither Tory chairman Brandon Lewis, deputy James Cleverly or newly-appointed (and appropriately-titled) vice chairman Nigel Huddleston are willing to discuss it.

Mr Ireland has made his opinions clear in a series of Twitter, threads, some of which are worth quoting here:

Now other people are taking up this cause – and rightly so:

What do you think? Is it time the Conservatives came clean on the toleration of paedophiles within their party?

And while we’re discussing Tory behaviour on paedophilia, let’s remember that Theresa May “lost” 114 files referring to alleged cases of paedophilia when she was Home Secretary.

That is a level of incompetence that should have resulted in her dismissal from government.

Instead, she became prime minister.

 

Tony Blair supports The Independent Group – so why hasn’t he been expelled from Labour?

Tony Blair: He can say what he wants without fear of censure, because Labour’s complaints procedure is biased in favour of party grandees. So much for everybody being treated equally!

Labour Party rules are very clear on this: No card-carrying Labour member may remain in the party if they support another political organisation in any meaningful way.

That includes former party leaders because everybody in the Labour Party is equally subject to the rules. Right?

Here‘s Tony Blair, speaking up in support of The Independent Group, as quoted in The Independent:

“Last week several MPs defected to form a new political grouping.

“These are new times. We need, despite our moderation, to embrace the spirit of insurgency.

“We need new ideas and thinking on policy. Above all, we need to wake up, gird up, stand up and summon up the strength and intelligence to prevail.”

He also said the anti-Semitism row had been a “running sore” in the Labour Party – but produced not a single scrap of evidence to support claims that Jewish Labour MPs had been subjected to anti-Semitic abuse by party members.

It is known that there have been six prosecutions relating to anti-Semitic abuse of former Labour MP Luciana Berger, for example – but none of them involved active Labour Party members. Perhaps Mr Blair protests too much?

As for Mr Blair: It is clear that he has broken party rules and should be expelled:

https://twitter.com/deselectbangers/status/1100349548113858560

But will Labour’s complaints department – known as the compliance unit – take action?

Doubtful.

As the anti-Semitism row has shown, this part of the party is dedicated to supporting the privileges of party representatives, rather than the rules – or the rights of the membership to see those rules supported.

While innocent party members continue to be cast out under false claims of anti-Semitism that will trouble them for the rest of their lives, this elitist will be able to carry on preaching falsehoods to eager ears – because it’s what his fellow elites in the Labour leadership want. They are very much like the Conservatives in that respect. Wait a couple of weeks and then tell me if I’m wrong.


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Racist Sajid Javid wants Tory government to break international law on asylum seekers

Sajid Javid: Pleading the cause of racism against asylum seekers.

It’s a common argument against the refugees coming across the Channel to the UK at the moment – why don’t they just stop in France?

The answer is obvious: They don’t feel safe there.

And the legal position is clear: The 1951 refugee convention acknowledges that refugees may enter countries through irregular routes and should not be penalised for this. The outcome of an asylum application cannot be pre-judged, irrespective of how that person reached the country. Asylum claims have to be determined according to the law and the circumstances of every individual case.

All of the above seems to have been lost on Sajid Javid, who seems to think it would be big and tough of him to refuse asylum to anybody who manages to cross the Channel safely.

The Prole Star is correct. It would be illegal to refuse asylum to anybody who arrives in the UK and demands it, based on the method of their arrival or the fact that they did not stop in another country instead. It is not up to him to make such a decision.

As Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott pointed out: “It is not for Sajid Javid to claim that asylum seekers may not be genuine. He cannot know. We have a system for determining that.”

Can you imagine what would happen if Mr Javid went through with his racist idea?

No?

Well, don’t worry – all you have to do is watch events in Israel, where the racist Likud government has announced that it intends to expel around 38,000 African refugees.

(I say racist because the hatred of people of other ethnicities is clear; Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said the expulsions are necessary to protect Israel’s “Jewish character”.)

Many of the people concerned say they came to Israel to seek asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities in that country regard them as “economic migrants”.

The BBC report of this outrage states that the group affected by this policy “includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status”.

But the Guardian‘s report on Sajid Javid’s racism includes a comment by immigration and asylum barrister Colin Yeo as follows: “Sending genuine refugees to face persecution in order to dissuade others from seeking to come here is plainly illegal.” If Israel is signed up to the same convention as the UK – and it is – then it is illegal in that country as well.

And the words of Yvette Cooper, quoted in the Guardian report, may also be applied to Israel: “Asylum claims have to be determined according to the law and the circumstances of every individual case, not as an arbitrary political decision supposedly to deter others.”

Sadly, it seems there is no penalty for non-compliance – other than bad publicity in the newspapers, and that depends on the political leanings of their owners.

Perhaps Mr Javid thinks a little bad publicity is worth risking. It seems likely he’ll be watching what happens in Israel with great interest.

Of course, if a general election is called in the meantime, there’s a chance his racist ideas will come to nothing.

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