Keir Starmer has succeeded in changing the rules on Labour Party leadership elections that makes them racist and sexist.
A vote on his proposed rule changes means that at least 20 per cent of Labour MPs will have to endorse a colleague’s candidacy to lead the party – a threshold that has previously been reached by just one female candidate, and by nobody who is not white.
If they had been applied before the 2020 leadership election, the only candidate on the ballot paper would have been Keir Starmer. You can see why he likes them.
Grassroots party members will not be allowed to vote on their preference until MPs have decided who they will be allowed to vote for. And there are too few socialist (left-wing) MPs left in the Parliamentary party, so if members want to vote for a left-wing candidate, they will not be offered the chance.
The sexism and racism of the new rules was pointed out before the vote was taken by James McAsh, a delegate from Camberwell and Peckham whose party membership is likey to be revoked in the very near future.
He said the change meant Labour’s future debate would be “paler, maler and staler”:
.@mcash on Starmers plan to raise the number of MP nominations for candidates standing for leader to 20%. Guess how many female candidates have met that threshold in 40yrs? 1. How many black candidates? 0. And in last yrs election Starmer would have been elected unopposed! #Lab21 pic.twitter.com/XO3IOsc5Rv
— Saul Staniforth (@SaulStaniforth) September 26, 2021
The vote was very tight indeed – 53 per cent for to 46 per cent against. This Writer understands that Starmer only won because Unison was persuaded to support him with its block vote.
Please leave @unisontheunion and join a proper union instead. Union’s should work for people, not politicians.
— Mrs McK #SaveOurNHS #BLM #RealLabour🌹💙🧚🏻 💜 (@Lynneth1000000) September 26, 2021
I would urge Unison members to ask their leaders why they support racism and sexism, and why they chose to undermine democracy.
It is also possible that Starmer gerrymandered the result with his mass expulsions. This Writer would like to know how many actual votes were cast, and how this figure compares with those for votes in previous years.
Also included in the rule changes:
It will be harder for grassroots members to deselect unwanted MPs, with more than half required to demand a reselection procedure before it can take place.
And registered supporters, who pay a one-off fee to vote in party elections, are abolished.
As expected vote changes go through on tiniest of margins after extensive vote rigging. Majority of CLPs against.
The biggest consequence of this isn’t that it makes Labour more ‘electable’, it doesn’t, but that Welsh/Scottish leaders are elected differently to party leader > https://t.co/hpLCpo87yi
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) September 26, 2021
Boris Johnson is probably laughing so hard he may bust his enormous gut.
It is bitterly sad that Labour is now more sexist, more racist, and less democratic because a right-wing trade union supported a leader who is more right-wing than the Conservatives. The members most affected by this – constituency parties – overwhelmingly voted against the change.
Of course, Starmer lied in order to fool party members into voting for him – and that should be enough reason to demand his resignation and a new election under the rules that existed until today, on the grounds that the change would not have been brought in under an honest leader.
Sadly, Labour doesn’t have an honest leader.
And he certainly isn’t going to allow anything like decency to take power away from him.
Of course, it doesn’t make any real difference. The only votes he can win are rigged.
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