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This cynical move shows Keir Starmer is turning Labour into a members-only club

For the many? It seems “the many” are being pushed out of the Labour Party – unless they are friends of Keir Starmer.

Pretty soon, the only people allowed to be members of the Labour Party will be those in Keir Starmer’s inner circle.

That’s why the party leadership is tailoring its conditions for proscribing members – automatically excluding them in retrospect for activities with outside or formerly-affiliated organisations – to ensure the current leader’s friends don’t suffer the effects meant for others.

The latest groups to be proscribed are Labour Left Alliance (LLA), Socialist Labour Network and the Alliance for Workers Liberty (AWL) – but there is a singular exception:

Regarding AWL, members are excluded for participating in events including the annual conference except for debating with members of the organisation.

This is because Luke Akehurst, secretary of the far-right Labour First, has taken part in such an event and Starmer doesn’t want to lose him.

Luke’s a member of the club, you see. He gets a free pass. You don’t.

Steve Walker of the Skwawkbox blog is right: “The shameless hypocrisy of the Labour right knows no bounds. Just as Starmer’s ‘zero tolerance of antisemitism’ turned out to mean ‘a lot of tolerance for antisemitism as long as it’s a right-winger’, it was always clear that expulsion rules were only being applied to left-wingers.

“But now those rules are being specifically written to ensure that favoured henchmen are explicitly exempt – and only those favoured henchmen.”

And Labour MP Clive Lewis admitted that the move shows his own party sliding into authoritarianism and a “crisis of democracy”:

Simply put, the Labour Party is turning into a members-only club for friends of Keir Starmer.

They get all the perks.

If you’re a socialist and you’re still a member of that party, then get used to dreaming about democracy – because you’re never going to have it again.

 

Source: Labour tailors new expulsion rules to protect right-winger Akehurst – SKWAWKBOX

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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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Labour tries to stop Pamela Fitzpatrick talking about her case. Bit late now…

How did Keir Starmer’s team think this was going to help?

Pamela Fitzpatrick is the former Labour general secretary candidate who is in danger of being expelled from the party because she gave an interview to Socialist Appeal, more than a year ago.

Socialist Appeal has since been proscribed, meaning none of its members can be members of the Labour Party.

Apparently the reason for the proscription was that Socialist Appeal js a political organisation other than an official Labour group or another unit of the party.

On that basis, I look forward to seeing proscription decisions against Labour To Win, Unite (or indeed any trade union), the Jewish Labour Movement and any number of other organisations that have affiliated with or otherwise supported Labour over the years.

As grounds for excluding an organisation from the Labour community, it is utter nonsense.

And people are realising that, if Keir Starmer and his mob are concentrating on attacking members of their own party, they’re giving the government – against whom Labour is supposed to be the official Opposition – carte blanche to do anything it wants.

Indeed.

And the “guilt by association” aspect – used to such effect (at least in party disciplinary circles) has already worn too thin for Labour to expect anybody to give it any credibility now:

In fact, let’s be honest: people aren’t putting up with it any more.

Where This Writer, four years ago, was willing to give the disciplinary process the benefit of the doubt and let it run its course, people like Pamela Fitzpatrick have seen what happened to me (and many others), and won’t be railroaded the same way.

She has put Keir Starmer on notice that if his party continues to push for her to be excluded, she’ll take court action against him.

And she’s not alone:

Good idea!

If I wasn’t so busy paying for a court case against Rachel Riley, I’d contribute. As it is, I would certainly encourage anybody facing this persecution to band together and hand Labour its posterior on a plate.

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