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Labour’s Rochdale by-election double-bind: hypocrites or election-throwers?

Azhar Ali: unsafe whatever he does.

Labour has put itself in a double-bind after its candidate in the Rochdale by-election apologised for voicing a well-known claim about the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

The party is rumoured to be about to suspend its candidate, Azhar Ali, after he accused Israel of complicity in the raid that killed 1,200 people and led to 250 being taken hostage.

It seems he not only posted about it on the social media but also passed comments on it in a community meeting.

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The BBC reported:

In the recording, which has not been heard by the BBC, Mr Ali is alleged to have said: “The Egyptians are saying that they warned Israel 10 days earlier… Americans warned them a day before [that] there’s something happening… They deliberately took the security off, they allowed… that massacre that gives them the green light to do whatever they bloody want.”

Egypt has indeed said that it warned Israel in advance of the raid. Still, Ali has had to make a grovelling apology to Israel’s supporters after his words were quoted by a hostile UK mainstream press.

Is that enough to save him from suspension, which would effectively end Labour’s Rochdale campaign?

Many think not. Skwawkbox is reporting that

suspending Ali would effectively end Labour’s campaign in the by-election, with no possibility to stand another candidate less than three weeks before polling day. Cynics have pointed out that the political fallout from exiting the election would be less damaging than Galloway beating Ali in a fair fight and accused the party of engineering the default.

But if Ali is allowed to continue, he would still face obstacles:

His willingness to stand for a party led by Keir Starmer, who has supported Israel’s ‘right’ to commit its war crimes against the Palestinians has already seen videos posted of him being ordered to leave doorsteps during his attempts to campaign. Such has been the contrast with the reception given to Workers Party GB leader George Galloway, a firm supporter of the Palestinians, that Galloway’s odds to win the by-election have been slashed from 16-1 to 2-1.

Not only that, but if Ali isn’t suspended, then Labour is endorsing a candidate who has admitted contradicting the party’s line on the Israel/Gaza conflict – and the inferred hypocrisy could be enough to cost it the forthcoming general election.

It seems Azhar Ali is set to lose, no matter what happens.

Source: Labour ‘set to suspend’ Rochdale candidate despite grovelling apology to Israel supporters – SKWAWKBOX


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Sauce for the goose: protester ejected from Tory conference – like Tories from pubs?

Not how it happened: Anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray squares off against someone who appears to be Tory MP Lee Anderson.

How hypocritical. The Tories have been complaining about being thrown out of pubs and clubs in Manchester for being Tories, but had no problem with assaulting Brexit protester Steve Bray while ejecting him from a Tory conference event.

Here’s video footage of what happened:

It isn’t wonderful because we can’t see all of the altercation with a man described later by Lee Anderson as “Brave Bruce”. Here’s what the Leeanderthal had to say, coupled with a response from (look out, Tories!) a lawyer:

It doesn’t help the Leeanderthal’s case that his accompanying image is of them both brandishing their fists. The message seems clearly one of threatened violence.

And yet Tories – most particularly LGBT+ Tories – are complaining about being ejected from Manchester night spots. Watch:

The story recounted above has been vehemently denied by a drag artist who appears on stage at The New Union. According to The Manc:

According to Lara Stoned, the allegedly ‘unkind’ actions were some patrons ‘chanting “Trans Rights”.’

They also said that the group of Tories ‘threw an object’ at a New Union staff member.

Lara Stoned posted on X, formerly known as Twitter: “@GBNEWS How DARE you broadcast a story filled with lies and damaging allegations towards the community within Manchester.

“Don’t you realise those kind of remarks HINDER and THREATEN the livelihood of self employed queer performers and queer venues. Shame on you.”

They added: “They were in fact politely asked to leave when they arrived, but then continued to be disrespectful, aggressive and dangerous to the staff AND customers of the establishment. Anyone who challenges the rights of my community is not welcome in my home.”

Put it all together and who are you going to believe?

It has to be Steve Bray and the regulars at The New Union.

Anderson and the Tories have shown their aggression clearly.

And, let’s be honest, the Conservatives have proved they can’t be trusted to tell the truth by their last 13 years in government, in which they made promise after promise and broke them all.


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