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Tories and ‘centrist’ hypocrites call for closure of fund to help Jeremy Corbyn fight legal battle

‘New’ Labour and old news: Ian Austin and John Mann

Fantasists who have spent years pretending Jeremy Corbyn was an anti-Semite are wailing in protest after a fund was set up to help him fight a legal battle.

The broadcaster John Ware, who was responsible for last year’s risible Panorama ‘documentary’, Is Labour Antisemitic, is suing Corbyn over comments made by the former Labour leader and the official party line on the film at the time.

In response – and after current Labour leader Keir Starmer went against legal advice provided to the party in order to reward former Labour apparatchiks who appeared in the film, Corbyn supporter Carole Morgan has set up a GoFundMe crowdfunding web page that has raised around a quarter of a million pounds at the time of writing.

Starmer has spent around £600,000 of Labour members’ subscription money on court costs and the payout to a group of so-called “whistleblowers” who said they were libelled by the party over their part in the Panorama show. We are told legal advice to the party was that their case would not stand up in court.

Ms Morgan’s hugely-popular crowdfunder has attracted attacks from the usual suspects.

Former Labour Party cuckoo Ian Austin has attacked the initiative, saying that Corbyn should give some of the money back because some of the contributors left anti-Semitic comments.

But this is childish nonsense; it would be poetic justice to use an anti-Semite’s money to protect an anti-racist.

And did Austin complain when £250,000 was raised to help right-wing Labour MPs (as he was at the time) to remove Corbyn from his position as Labour leader?

No he did not.

The hypocrisy is strong in this one…

… as it is in the “news” paper that ran the story:

In a related event, Lord John Mann – who used to be a Labour MP but joined the Tories in exchange for a peerage and unlimited opportunities to have a pop at Corbyn – has been attacking the former Labour leader over anti-Semitic tweets by a ‘grime’ performer called Wiley:

Anti-Corbyn camp followers took up the cry, attacking Corbyn’s supporters for being silent about it. Most of us had never heard of the person in question:

I tweeted about this myself:

It seems I sparked a round of agreement, as others chimed in to admit that they hadn’t heard of this Wiley fellow either:

And here’s the icing on the cake:

So it seems even Corbyn’s reply wasn’t real and Mann was getting het up over nothing.

Will he apologise?

Source: Jeremy Corbyn is under pressure to return £210,000 Go Fund Me cash to help him fight legal battle | Daily Mail Online

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Tory representatives say voters should back Boris Johnson. Why is the BBC making such a fuss?

Let’s remind ourselves of Ian Austin’s record (this image is now several years old).

Two representatives of the Conservative government have called on voters to support the Tories, with the tired line that Jeremy Corbyn is unfit to be prime minister.

The BBC and other mainstream news sources have jumped on this, as the people concerned are both former Labour MPs.

But neither Ian Austin nor John Woodcock can be described as socialists.

Mr Austin is now the Conservative trade envoy to Israel, and John Woodcock is now the Conservatives’ special government envoy to tackle violent extremism.

Both were on the Blairite wing of the Labour Party.

Mr Austin left to sit as an Independent in February, over differences with Mr Corbyn. And the Labour whip was withdrawn from Mr Woodcock in April 2018, after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.

These are the people the media are using to undermine Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party.

It seems to This Writer that John McDonnell, challenged on the subject, was absolutely right to ask, “What else do you expect him to do?

“When you are employed by the Tories you speak on behalf of the Tories.”

What a relief.

If anybody of substantial integrity had been the mouthpieces, it might have meant something. This is just a distraction.

Source: General Election 2019: Voters should back Johnson – ex Labour MP – BBC News

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VIDEO – by popular demand: Labour quitter Ian Austin owned by former colleague as he slags off Corbyn

The list: Reasons we feel the way we do about Ian Austin (by Rachael Swindon of Twitter fame).

I wasn’t going to give this goon the oxygen of publicity, but it seems a few readers of This Site have asked to see him getting what he deserved, so here it is:

Ian Austin, Independent MP for Dudley North who quit Labour in February, used his speech in an emergency debate proposed by Jeremy Corbyn to criticise the Labour leader – and got told where to go in no uncertain terms.

As he delivered his speech while standing close to his former party colleagues, Labour MP Liz McInnes could be seen becoming visibly annoyed – to the point at which she pointed at the government benches and demanded, “Why don’t you go over there?”

“You’re not welcome here,” she said.

When Mr Austin replied that he was there because his constituents had voted for him, Ms McInnes pointed out: “As a Labour representative!”

Here’s the video:

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Disgraceful: Former Labour defector lies about MP’s critique of Independent Group

Liar: Ian Austin.

Comments by Scottish Labour MP Paul Sweeney about former colleagues who defected to The Independent Group have proved very interesting – in the way another former Labour MP has lied about them.

Glasgow North East MP Paul Sweeney said the MPs who founded and joined The Independent Group took part in a “necessary cleansing” of Labour.

He described Chris Leslie and Chuka Umunna as “self-centred careerists”.

Mr Leslie was “aloof and arrogant”, he said, adding: “The venom and vitriol with which he addressed our front bench was a disgrace.”

And he applied these criticisms to other Independent Group members who used to be Labour MPs, including Mr Umunna, Mike Gapes and Angela Smith.

But he said Luciana Berger, who also quit Labour to join the Independent Group, had faced “unacceptable bullying”.

And how does Ian Austin, who also quit Labour but didn’t join The Independent Group, present this story?

Like this:

Austin is a liar. Mr Sweeney never said a word about racism and extremism.

In fact, he spoke kindly about Ms Berger, even though none of the bullying she suffered was by Labour Party members.

Austin’s words have only served to prove Mr Sweeney’s point: Labour is cleaner without the Independent Group defectors – and much cleaner without Austin himself.

Source: EXCLUSIVE: Paul Sweeney says defectors were part of a ‘necessary cleansing’ | Morning Star


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Ian Austin quits Labour over ‘anti-Semitism’. His own? What about the warmongering? And…

Ian Austin: Abusive, warmongering, treacherous.

It is hard to believe Ian Austin’s claim to be leaving the Labour Party because of anti-Semitism when his own behaviour towards Jewish people can hardly be considered exemplary.

Skwawkbox has re-published an account of a rant at Jewish author Michael Rosen by the Dudley North MP. My own take on that story is here.

But dig into Mr Austin’s past and there seem to be many more reasons to celebrate his departure as “no loss” to Labour (to quote Chris Williamson MP, another victim of Mr Austin’s aggression).

There certainly seems to be no love lost between him and his Dudley North constituents. After the 2010 election he had a majority of just 649. This improved to 4,181 in 2015, after a scandal involving a Tory candidate named Afzal Amin, but just two years later Mr Austin had squandered all of that goodwill and more. His majority in that constituency now stands at just 22 votes.

No wonder he won’t be standing in a by-election to justify his choice!

He was one of a large number of then-Labour MPs who abstained on the Tories’ Welfare Reform and Work Act when it was working its way through Parliament in 2015 – indicating that he supported the idea of an arbitrary benefit cap being applied to poor families.

When, in 2015, George Osborne hypocritically led Conservative MPs through the “Aye” lobby in support of a Charter for Budget Responsibility that he had said was unnecessary five years before, Mr Austin abstained in a gesture of defiance against the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and the financial policies of John McDonnell, who had just delivered a speech brilliantly trashing the Tories’ claims that Labour had caused the financial collapse of seven years before.

He was heavily criticised for in-fighting against Jeremy Corbyn – especially after he welcomed the news that Isis executioner Mohammed Emwazi, also known as Jihadi John, had been killed in an airstrike, in contrast with Mr Corbyn’s wish for that man to be brought to trial.

He voted in support of pointless air strikes in Syria in December 2015 – against the Labour whip – but his vote counted for nothing as the motion would have been carried without it.

Warmongering Mr Austin also voted against an inquiry into the Iraq War, and when Mr Corbyn made his speech in response to the Chilcot Report on that war, that MP shouted from the backbenches, “Shut up!” and “You’re a disgrace!”

I think we can all see who the disgrace really was.

He was included on a list of “abusive” MPs which was wrongly dubbed a “deselection list” by some of the people on it.

When Labour tabled a motion calling for the UK to end support for Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen, Mr Austin abstained.

He signed a letter in support of “trial by bigotry” of Labour members accused of anti-Semitism, calling for every accusation to be considered proof of guilt, in breach of the most fundamental principle of British justice – the fact that people are innocent of any crime until they are proven guilty.

When Theresa May’s Tory government was floundering, unable to secure a Brexit deal that Parliament could support, Mr Austin offered to help her.

He was issued a disciplinary letter by the Labour leadership after he uttered a foul-mouthed stream of abuse at Ian Lavery.

So Mr Austin is a foul-mouthed, abusive, treacherous, warmongering supporter of austerity who complains about anti-Semitism but has abused at least one Jew himself. No loss? I’d say Labour is much better for his departure.


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Don’t be fooled by fake news: Frank Field left Labour rather than be kicked out

Frank Field: He knew his days in Labour were numbered so he left.

Does Frank Field really think we are all that stupid?

He did not leave Labour because of the way the party is dealing with anti-Semitism.

He resigned the whip because his constituency Labour Party in Birkenhead overwhelmingly supported a vote of “no confidence” in him as their MP and called for the withdrawal of the party whip, after he propped up the Conservative government by supporting it in a crucial Brexit vote.

And he had the sheer barefaced cheek to accuse his fellow Birkenhead party members of taking part in “a culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation”!

His claim that this fake culture “is being driven, in part, by members who in previous years would never have been able to claim Labour Party membership”, coupled with the other assertion, should be justification for members of his CLP to take legal action against Mr Field.

The claim by Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson – that Mr Field’s resignation is a “wake-up call” for the party – a “serious loss” that “reflects the deep divisions in the party and the sense of drift engulfing us” is bilge of the smelliest water.

Have the mass media forgotten that this is a man who demanded that his own party disregard its disciplinary procedures and abandon action against Margaret Hodge and Ian Austin – for no very good reason – after they accused party leader Jeremy Corbyn of anti-Semitism… for no very good reason?

To me, this smacks of Mr Watson trying to make good on his threat to plunge the party into “a vortex of eternal shame and embarrassment”.

But it won’t work. We all know he’s talking through his hat.

Mr Field cannot remain a member of the Labour Party. He must resign his membership within 14 days or be expelled. He will not be allowed to remain a party member and represent Birkenhead as an independent Labour MP. He is out – for good.

And the possibility of other Labour MPs splitting off and sitting as independents, or even forming a new party? Negligible.

Without the party’s endorsement, they are nobodies. If they resign the party whip, they know they are guaranteeing the loss of their Parliamentary seats at the next general election – which may not be that far away.

Birkenhead CLP is now free to choose a new candidate for election next time – one whose values concur with those of the party in general. And yes, that includes opposition to anti-Semitism.

Mr Field will sink back into the obscurity he deserves.

Remember: He saved the Conservative government – a racist administration which has caused huge harm with the Windrush scandal, with its blatant Islamophobia, with its support for Saudi Arabia’s war against civilians in Yemen, and with its support for the apartheid regime in Israel.

The Labour Party does not need MPs who prop up racist governments.

Jeremy Corbyn has been warned that the resignation of the veteran MP Frank Field from the Labour whip, over antisemitism and what Field called a culture of nastiness in the party, must be treated as a wake-up call.

In a blistering letter to Labour’s chief whip, Nick Brown, Field wrote: “It saddens me to say that we are increasingly seen as a racist party” and added that antisemitism alone would have been enough to prompt his resignation.

The MP for Birkenhead, who recently faced a vote of no confidence from his local party over his support for Brexit, highlighted what he called a “culture of nastiness, bullying and intimidation”, saying this was at best ignored and at worst tacitly tolerated.

Source: Frank Field resigns Labour whip over antisemitism crisis | Politics | The Guardian

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Ian Austin: Jumping on the anti-Semitism bandwagon

Ian Austin: He has absolutely no reason to smile.

Ian Austin’s attempt to take the moral high ground after being notified of disciplinary action against him suggests he is a very cynical individual.

He says he is angry about anti-Semitism – but then why did he verbally attack the poet Michael Rosen at a committee meeting examining Holocaust education?

Mr Rosen tweets about the experience here:

Mr Austin is probably best known for trying to shout down Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the report of the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War.

It seems he also refused to vote against the fiscal rules brought in by George Osborne, when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, that introduced us all to Tory austerity.

And his expense claims are, reportedly, a disgrace.

Yet he is trying to use the manufactured anti-Semitism crisis in the Labour Party to gain sympathy – and attack Mr Corbyn again.

Despicable.

Labour faced fresh controversy over its policy on antisemitism on Saturday after it emerged that a second MP who has criticised the party’s new code on the issue may face disciplinary action leading to suspension from the party.

Ian Austin, whose adoptive parents were Czech Jewish refugees who lost relatives in the Holocaust, was sent a letter earlier this month from the party’s head office warning that he was being investigated for “abusive conduct” in parliament.

The MP for Dudley North had clashed with the Labour party chair, Ian Lavery, in the House of Commons just before the parliamentary recess in a heated exchange that was witnessed by other MPs.

Austin was angry about the party’s new code, which recognises the internationally accepted International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism but does not replicate in full its list of examples.

Austin told the Observer: “Wouldn’t it be great if they dealt with the people responsible for racism as quickly as they dealt with the people who are understandably upset about it? I am angry about antisemitism and I am angry that the Labour party can’t deal with it adequately.”

Source: Second MP investigated in row over Labour’s antisemitism code | Politics | The Guardian

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