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Starmer’s shadow cabinet team wins approval from a raving Tory anti-Semite

Champagne socialist: Keir Starmer got himself elected on a raft of socialist promises, but they seem to be false pretences as he has promoted only Blairites and hard-right-wingers to his shadow cabinet.

Oh dear. Keir Starmer hasn’t put a foot right since he was elected Labour leader.

His latest move has been to finish appointing the members of his shadow cabinet – and it is almost entirely formed of Blairite right-wingers.

Labour socialists have been scandalised at the appointment of Wes Streeting, Jess Phillips and Stephen Kinnock to shadow ministerial roles.

More damning for Starmer, perhaps, is the support he has received at a time when he is trying to claim some credibility for fighting anti-Semitism. Consider this:

The comment itself is nonsense. Osborne knows that if Boris Johnson can weather the coronavirus crisis that he created for himself, the remainder of his five-year term will be plain sailing with a compliant right-winger pretending to lead the opposition.

Worse is the fact that Osborne commissioned, published and promoted one of the most grossly blatant pieces of anti-Semitism any of us have seen in recent years – referring to Ed Miliband’s return to the shadow cabinet:

People of good conscience have been repelled by Starmer’s choices, pointing to Osborne’s endorsement:

It seems many are cancelling their membership of Labour, adding to those who walked out after Starmer won his election last weekend:

On the subject of “no opposition” from Jeremy Corbyn, I find this most illuminating:

Some have advocated remaining in the Labour Party – because no new party could gain enough support to topple the Tories and it is better to stay and try to mitigate the damage being caused by Starmer.

This Writer can’t argue with that; I joined Labour in 2010 to help bring it back to genuine Labour values. I didn’t do too badly – until I got pushed out on a false claim of – guess what? – anti-Semitism, of course.

But it is clear that, until Starmer quits as leader – or is defeated in a leadership challenge – the Labour Party, as it should be, is dead.

Source: Starmer boosts Labour’s right with shadow ministerial jobs – LabourList

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Labour Brexiters’ offer to Johnson may not be the betrayal of Jeremy Corbyn that it seems

Odd couple: Stephen Kinnock is married to Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who was prime minister of Denmark between 2011 and 2015. Denmark remains part of the EU but Mr Kinnock is a staunch Brexiter.

At first glance it looks like a betrayal – undermining Jeremy Corbyn just when he’s building up support against Boris Johnson among opposition parties. But is it?

The Guardian is reporting that a large group of Labour Brexiters have announced that they would now support Theresa May’s old, three-times-rejected EU withdrawal agreement, as they believe this is the only way of ensuring that the Brexit doesn’t happen without any deal at all.

Labour MPs opposed to a second referendum are considering a “radical and dramatic intervention” to make clear to Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson they are prepared to vote for a Brexit deal, with one estimating that dozens of colleagues are now ready to back the withdrawal agreement.

Stephen Kinnock, the Labour MP who coordinates around 30 MPs in a group called Respect the Result, said he believed that passing the withdrawal agreement was the most certain way of stopping the UK crashing out without a deal.

Despite Johnson’s refusal to negotiate with the EU unless it drops the backstop, Kinnock said a time would come in the autumn when a compromise deal could be done based on the withdrawal agreement that emerged out of cross-party talks.

Putting aside for a moment the fact that no withdrawal agreement emerged from cross-party talks (it was foisted on us out-of-the-blue by Theresa May), it seems to be too late for Boris Johnson to accept such a move.

The old withdrawal agreement accepted the Northern Ireland border backstop mechanism, and BoJob is firmly opposed to it. He will not accept an agreement that includes it and this is a main sticking-point in his current dialogue with the EU27.

So it seems unlikely that Mr Kinnock and his crew will have their way.

The question arises: Then what will they do?

I reckon their best bet is to support Mr Corbyn. Both they and he want to stop a “no deal” Brexit and his plan for another referendum, while unappealing to them, does at least include an option of Brexit with an agreed deal.

It’s not what they want, but it might just be the next-best thing.

Source: Labour bloc plans ‘radical’ move to push through Brexit deal | Politics | The Guardian

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Labour MPs betray their party, asking Corbyn not to jeopardise Brexit deal with referendum demand

Right-wing Labour MPs including Stephen Kinnock, Gloria de Piero and around 38 others are calling for Jeremy Corbyn not to “torpedo” Brexit talks by insisting on a second referendum.

The demand contradicts Labour Party policy as agreed at the party’s conference last year and is certain to infuriate grassroots members if the leader accepts it.

This Writer questions the reasons for the demand.

Is it an attempt to make Theresa May’s version of Brexit more likely? That would be one in which the UK becomes a tax haven on the edge of the EU, with no workers’ rights, no environmental protections, a privatised health service owned by US companies and chlorinated chicken for our meals.

Is it an attempt by right-wingers to sabotage Labour’s chances in the forthcoming elections? The party is putting forward candidates in the European and local elections and a U-turn on Brexit policy would certainly harm the high poll ratings Labour is currently enjoying.

The party’s right-wing MPs have a nearly-four-year history of attacking Mr Corbyn; they seem to consider the creation of a party that works for the good of the whole nation to be a personal affront to their own selfish career ambitions.

Source: Labour MPs to urge Jeremy Corbyn not to ‘torpedo’ Brexit deal | Politics | The Guardian


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Labour’s far-right fringers are plotting again. Time to boot them out

A gathering of nobodies: Stephen Kinnock, Chuka Umunna and Liz Kendall.

What a pathetic shower.

These right-wingers – not centrists – tried a coup once before and it didn’t work. But they are opportunists so they will try again.

And when that doesn’t work, they are planning to prevent Labour from forming a government by quitting the party and forming a new one of their own.

I cannot think of a better reason for the Labour leadership to withdraw the whip.

No wonder Unite the Union is said to be planning to support a motion for mandatory reselection of MPs at this year’s Labour conference.

We’ve had enough of this treachery.

A seat in Parliament should not be an automatic right of the incumbent – it should belong to the person chosen by the people, especially if the person currently occupying it is planning to betray those who put them there.

The sooner these nobodies are gone, the better.

As Labour‘s divide over anti-Semitism continues to grow, a number of anti-Corbyn MPs have been meeting to discuss how to “take back control” of the party, it was reported.

Around 12 MPs were said to have met in a Sussex farmhouse to discuss policy and prepare to “step in” after the leadership’s “collapse”, sources said.

The group is said to include Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall, Stephen Kinnock and John Woodcock, among others.

Many Labour MPs have clashed with the leadership on the party’s policy towards Brexit, with centrists preferring to fight against it or advocate a second vote.

One attendee said pro-Remain Tories and Lib Dems had expressed interest in a new centrist party. Vince Cable, the Lib Dem leader, was previously found to be attending a meeting about such a new group during a vote on a crucial Brexit amendment.

Source: Labour centrists meet to ‘take back control’ of Labour from Corbyn

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