This is excruciatingly poor behaviour by Keir Starmer.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid has caught Covid-19, just days into his new job, and it means PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have to go into self-isolation too – after humiliating themselves with an attempt to avoid it by saying they were on a ‘pilot’ scheme with daily testing.
Covid-19 infection rates are now regularly topping 50,000 a day; around around 50 people are dying of the disease every day as well – but it is against this background that the Tory government is ending social distancing restrictions that have helped ensure more of us don’t catch it!
With COVID infections and hospitalisations soaring, you might think the main opposition party would have better things to do. https://t.co/C1wC0Y9KnE
— Steve Howell (@FromSteveHowell) July 18, 2021
The Tory plan for another top-down restructuring of the NHS, that will restrict access to vital healthcare services because private companies will be taking your tax money for their profits, is well on its way through Parliament.
Also progressing towards becoming law are oppressive and racist plans to restrict our right to make political protests, arrest members of certain ethnic groups on sight (on the assumption that their existence means they will commit crimes), and force refugees to their deaths rather than allow them into the UK.
What is Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer doing about all this? Nothing. He’s more interested in decimating his own party.
Under Starmer, Labour supports the lifting of social distancing rules – he backed the Tory re-opening of schools to the hilt, remember?
He made only token resistance to the NHS restructuring – and it has been widely speculated that this is because he receives donations from private healthcare. He isn’t interested in protecting your right to protest, either.
As for helping ethnic minorities, as far as Starmer is concerned, almost all of them can go hang. His support for ethnic minorities extends only to those members of the Jewish community who support hard-rightwing Zionists and those of that political shade who inhabit the government of Israel. It seems he is related to such people by marriage.
So, for example, he thinks this is okay:
Israel just destroyed the oldest known Canaanite cemetery in Palestine, a 4,200-year old site, to build an Israeli-settlers-only road.
This is a war crime.
The occupation regime is literally erasing Palestine’s history as the world looks on in silence. pic.twitter.com/kW17EqYVx4
— Sarah Abdallah (@sahouraxo) July 18, 2021
Keir Starmer is set to expel 1000 left-wing Labour members to stamp out what he says is 'toxic extremism' yet he is happy to let this man back into the party. pic.twitter.com/xqNtApSXjQ
— Taj (@Taj_Ali1) July 18, 2021
And that is why, instead of attacking the Tories’ many failures, Starmer is planning to purge more than 1,000 members of the Labour Party in the days before Parliament goes into summer recess.
Their crime? Not being right-wing enough to remain in an organisation that still describes itself as a “democratic socialist” party.
So much for Labour’s “broad church”.
According to the Mirror, which seems to be taking his side, he is attacking four groups: Resist, Labour Against the Witchhunt, Labour in Exile and Socialist Action.
Their crimes appear to be claiming that many anti-Semitism allegations, for which Labour members have been suspended or expelled, were blown out of proportion and politically-motivated; welcoming such expelled or suspended members into their own ranks; and demanding the re-admission of Jeremy Corbyn into the Parliamentary Labour Party.
The Mirror quotes one Labour source:
“Under Corbyn those from the far left fringes with poisonous beliefs and warped world-views were welcomed into the party. Keir is right to stamp out anti-Semitism and toxic extremism and get the party back into the decent mainstream of Labour values.”
The mainstream of Labour values – when This Writer was a member – included respecting the right of all ethnicities to self-determination. That includes Palestinians, who have been persecuted, murdered, and forced out of their homes and land by armed Israelis on the orders of a government that enforces racist, apartheid laws – a government that Keir Starmer slavishly supports and endorses.
It is not poisonous to believe that the Israeli government is wrong to murder Palestinian children.
It is poisonous to suggest that people who protest against such murders have “warped world-views”.
But Starmer won’t be concerning himself with the lies put forward by the Mirror‘s source; he agrees with them.
He may even agree with toxic Labour MP Neil Coyle – who has called for the expulsion of Jewish Labour members who do not share Starmer’s extreme – and I mean fanatical – right-wing views of what Israel should be:
Not far enough. JVL should be gone too. And other outright Communists who have their own political party/ies they can ruin. https://t.co/sLRk33dv17
— Neil Coyle (@coyleneil) July 17, 2021
There’s no reason to suggest that Jewish Voice for Labour (JVL) are Communists. Or that any of the organisations Starmer will purge are “poisonous”, “toxic” or “warped”.
But it is easier to persuade doubters with emotive language than it is to actually provide a reasoned argument for the unreasonable thing Starmer is about to do.
Coyle’s tweet is anti-Semitic. JVL argues that the purge of Labour Party members on grounds of anti-Semitism is false – from a Jewish standpoint. Coyle is therefore prejudiced against these Jews because they are Jews, which is the classic definition of anti-Semitism. And Starmer is perfectly happy with that, meaning that he is also an anti-Semite, notwithstanding his familial connections to Judaism.
It’s all about politics, you see.
People who support Palestinians against a brutal hard-right regime that persecutes them are socialists. They want a better deal for everyone, so that people all over the world – including the UK – can live in freedom and be able to pursue their own prosperity without fear. Starmer isn’t interested in any of that.
Starmer’s only interest is in his own prosperity, which he considers to be best pursued by stamping on the faces of those of us who stand for traditional Labour values – the political priorities on which the party was founded, back in 1900.
So he will pretend to be on the side of the Jews – while actually attacking more of them than he supports.
He will pretend to stand up for Labour values – while crossing his fingers behind his back and telling himself that neoliberal “New Labour” (Tory) values are Labour values too.
And he will pretend to be a beacon of decency standing out against the chaos he says was created by his forerunner as Labour leader.
The trouble is, he isn’t any good at the pretence.
We see through him. Don’t we?
Here are a few people who do:
How it started / how it's going deluxe edition. pic.twitter.com/cnzGrD7NXF
— Alex Nunns (@alexnunns) July 17, 2021
My response to the news that Keir Starmer is about to enact a purge of left-wing members of the Labour Party – egged on by the people who made up such accusations against Jeremy Corbyn. pic.twitter.com/xKB9FVChWR
— Mark Hebden 💙 (@unionlib) July 18, 2021
So now @UKLabour is indeed an antisemitic party. McNicol buried cases, Starmer expels left wing Jews. Quite the turnaround.
— SaraC 💙🟨🟥 (@SaraCo130813) July 18, 2021
The Zionist witchfinder general Keir Starmer , aided by proposed right wing leader of Unite Gerard Coyne continue the subjugation of socialist members of Labour, particularly Jewish folk. The dossiers compiled on them were produced by Assaf Kaplan, Israeli Spy. This is Labour.
— neil flek waugh . revolutionary socialist/marxist (@sammythedog1989) July 18, 2021
And the disabled.
— ritchie 💙 (@r1tch2e) July 18, 2021
If Starmer goes ahead with his proposed purge of grassroots Labour members he is in effect declaring war on ordinary Labour members.
This is a war he doesn’t need & will only cause his leadership exceptional damage. Ball entirely in his court. pic.twitter.com/njZEnPYG26
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) July 18, 2021
Every left critic of Starmer has been completed vindicated. Worth everyone remembering in future who got this right & who got it so disasterously wrong.
— Tom Mills (@ta_mills) July 17, 2021
Keir Starmer wasn’t lying when he said he wanted to unite the Labour Party – it’s just that his strategy is to simply kick out anyone who disagrees with him.
— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) July 18, 2021
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) July 18, 2021
Q. Why does Keir Starmer consider it acceptable for a Labour MP to call for the mass expulsion of socialist Jews from the Labour Party?
A. Because it's not about antisemitism. It never was. It's about purging genuine socialists, Jewish and non-Jewish, from the Labour Party. https://t.co/nBuMY5HsLw
— Frank Owen's Legendary Paintbrush 🟨🟥🥀🇵🇸 (@WarmongerHodges) July 18, 2021
— leftworks #WeAreCorbyn #IStandWithJeremyCorbyn (@leftworks1) July 18, 2021
Oh, and if you think I’m exaggerating the toxicity of Labour under Starmer, consider this attack on Owen Jones by a StarmerLabour supporter and former Labour councillor:
This chap needs to be expelled. If I can be expelled for saying I’d vote for Thelma Walker then there is no excuse whatsoever when it comes to this.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) July 18, 2021
Most harmful of all is the fact that Starmer won’t gain anything by this monumental act of Labour Party self-harm – for a simple reason summed up in this tweet:
The irony of mass expulsions is that the main messages that will be conveyed to the electorate will be that the Labour Party is both irredeemably fractured & brimful with dangerous extremists.
— Ally Fogg (@AllyFogg) July 17, 2021
Damningly, that will be Starmer’s only truthful message.
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