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Whistleblowers’ bid to blackmail Labour into expelling Corbyn should come to nothing

Time for real change: Jeremy Corbyn’s only crime as Labour leader was failing to remove right-wing/’centrist’ treachery and backstabbing from the party. It stopped him winning the 2017 general election and allowed the hysteria over false anti-Semitism claims that have continued to this day. The sooner party members realise this and eject the cuckoo Keir Starmer, the better.

I use “blackmail” in the headline advisedly. This may very well be a criminal offence.

For those who are unaware, blackmail occurs when a person (or several) make a demand of another person (or indeed organisation), accompanied by the threat of a particular consequence if they don’t comply.

(For example, if a group of so-called anti-Semitism “whistleblowers” threaten the Labour Party with bankruptcy either fighting or settling legal claims, unless it expels Jeremy Corbyn.)

The intent must be to make a gain for someone (not necessarily themselves) – or a loss for someone (not necessarily their victim).

(For example, if Jeremy Corbyn loses his Labour Party membership.)

The demand must have been “unwarranted” – that is, it should not be possible to justify it reasonably, and its reinforcement with menaces should not be proper in the belief of the perpetrator.

(For example, if Jeremy Corbyn has not done anything to justify expulsion from the Labour Party – and he hasn’t – and if those making the threat are able to take legal advice showing that their demand is not proper – and they are.)

So, if the Mail‘s story is true, Labour should file a complaint of blackmail, with the police, against those people taking legal action against the party.

The party’s current leader, Keir Starmer – useless though he has been on anything relating to anti-Semitism accusations so far – should be aware of this, having been a Director of Public Prosecutions (and therefore a lawyer himself) prior to being a member of Parliament.

I note that the Mail states only that “sources close to some of the ex-party staffers” made the threat, so presumably the litigants themselves will be able to deny it.

Even if blackmail could not be proved – and I think there’s a strong case for it – the threat is unwise.

I refer you to this comment on Facebook which states: “The disloyal staffers who would be claimants in this action are claiming personal insult, hurt feelings and career damage. To make an alternative offer of accepting Jeremy Corbyn’s head on a plate would damage their case by giving the impression it was politically motivated.”

And of course they are doing their best to claim that their lawsuits are not motivated by political gain but by injury to themselves. If it could be proved that they are trying to harm left-wing influence in the Labour Party instead, then their cases would fall.

“Secondly, there is no point making such an offer if it would only pacify ‘some’ of the potential claimants.”

True – the party would still face the possibility of having to pay a fortune in compensation.

“If it satisfied them all, they would look like participants in a conspiracy to engineer a right-wing coup in their party, which is surely not the impression they would want to give.”

Again, they would be showing political motivation.

“And thirdly, Corbyn would have excellent grounds for appealing his expulsion.”

He would. If Starmer expelled him in order to avoid expensive litigation/compensation payouts, without charging him under any of the party’s disciplinary procedures, holding an investigation into those charges, and hearing the evidence at an NCC hearing – the very process other (innocent) members have had to undergo – then Starmer would have broken party rules and Labour would be vulnerable to a hugely-damaging lawsuit from Corbyn himself.

The result is that Keir Starmer is now in danger, no matter what he chooses to do.

And this is the man the Labour right – sorry, ‘centrists’ – said was the brilliant leader who would make the party electable again!

Needless to say, the situation has attracted serious amounts of scorn online:

Personally, This Writer’s favourite comment on the whole issue comes from Corbyn’s long-term friend and former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell:

Hear, hear!

Oh, and one more thing: My own court case against Labour is still set to take place on October 2.

If I win, then Labour will be vulnerable to further court action from me.

It has been suggested that Labour is in fact extremely vulnerable because members are leaving en masse, taking their subscription money with them. I’ve seen rumours that more than 300,000 – half the membership under Corbyn – have voted with their feet. So aggressive action from a party member who has suffered genuine wrongdoing over a period of years could be crippling.

I’ll have a much stronger case than these others and I won’t be inclined to be lenient.

Source: Labour anti-Semitism whistleblowers could drop legal action if it expels former leader Jeremy Corbyn | Daily Mail Online

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If Keir Starmer thinks he’s calming the rage over Labour anti-Semitism, he’s only made it worse

Keir Starmer: he’s no leader – not even a fake military one, as depicted in this mock-up.

It is worth pointing out, on the day Keir Starmer paid out around £600,000 and apologised to so-called anti-Semitism “whistleblowers”, that his actions are only perpetuating the saga – prolonging the agony.

Take his sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from the Labour front bench a few weeks ago: on Monday, Labour Party members, supported by Salford TUC, made a formal complaint – I take it to the party’s National Executive Committee – about Starmer’s conduct.

The group points out that Ms Long-Bailey’s sacking on the pretext of her having shared a link to an interview with a constituent who shared an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theory” is wrong, for these reasons:

  • Maxine Peake’s statement – that US police learned from Israeli operatives the method of killing people (like George Floyd) by exerting pressure on their necks with a knee – may well be accurate; there is evidence available to that effect.
  • There are unimpeachable arguments that Ms Peake’s statement was not anti-Semitic in any case.

The group wants an appropriate and thorough investigation of whether Starmer’s publicly-stated reason for sacking Ms Long-Bailey was accurate, proportionate and fair.

If it was not, then the group wants a public statement to that effect, including that the party will always challenge unfair dismissal in whatever context; an apology to Ms Long-Bailey; and her reinstatement to her former shadow cabinet post – or an appropriately-substantial such post – at the earliest opportunity.

It is doubtful that Labour under Starmer is capable of carrying out an appropriate and thorough investigation of anything. But it will be interesting to see how the party’s leaders respond.

And this is just the tip of an ever-growing iceberg. Already challenges are being prepared against the use of party members’ subscription money to pay off the group who appeared on Panorama to denounce Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership.

And concerns that Starmer is about to remove the Labour whip from Jeremy Corbyn are provoking a strong response.

Party members are already demanding to know why their membership money is being used in such a perverse way, and (so far) Starmer has been unable to come up with a response.

It seems clear that if he continues to use party money to fund unfounded attacks on members, he is likely to face a very large rebellion by grassroots members.

He came on as the blazing hope for the Labour Party when he was elected in April.

If he doesn’t want to drop out as a damp squib after only three months (and change) as leader, he’d better rethink his approach double-quick.

Source: Formal Complaint Against Sir Starmer – Unity News

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Cowardly Keir pays huge damages to so-called anti-Semitism whistleblowers – rather than win in court

Keir the clueless: he thinks he’s putting Jeremy Corbyn and the former Labour leadership in an impossible position; in fact, all he’s doing is boxing himself in.

It should come as no surprise that new New Labour leader Keir Starmer would rather pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to so-called anti-Semitism whistleblowers than contest their claims in court – and perhaps win.

We know that the party had received advice that it had a strong defence against the claims by a group who spoke out in last year’s Panorama documentary, Is Labour Antisemitic?

Here’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn saying as much:

Former Labour leader Mr Corbyn said the legal settlement “risks giving credibility to misleading and inaccurate allegations about action taken to tackle anti-Semitism in the Labour Party in recent years”.

He said it was a “political decision, not a legal one”.

“Our legal advice was that the party had a strong defence, and the evidence in the leaked Labour report that is now the subject of an NEC inquiry led by Martin Forde QC strengthened concerns about the role played by some of those who took part in the programme.”

He said Mr Forde must “fully address the evidence” in the “internal report” in order to “give our members the answers and justice they deserve”.

But Starmer instead decided to apologise unreservedly without contesting the claims, and to spaff hundreds of thousands of pounds of party members’ money up the wall paying off the so-called whistleblowers.

I say “so-called” because several of them are mentioned in the leaked Labour report on how the party handled anti-Semitism, which is the subject of an internal inquiry by Martin Forde QC, as mentioned by Mr Corbyn.

Will they be vindicated when that report is published? The result will show how much we can trust internal Labour reports, I expect.

One of the group was also involved in the allegations of anti-Semitism against This Writer, that led to my expulsion from the party under false pretences.

I am taking Labour to court – for breaching its contract with me in the way it handled the case – and the party will go on trial on October 2, in Bristol Civil Justice Centre. The hearing will begin at 10am.

What will Starmer’s grand gesture be worth when I win my case, I wonder?

Source: Anti-Semitism: Labour pays damages for ‘hurt’ to whistleblowers – BBC News

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Why is supine Starmer spending Labour money appeasing opponents in anti-Semitism case?

Keir the clueless: if he won’t stand up against liars who present a false impression of the Labour Party, then his version of Labour is not worth your support in any way at all.

It seems Keir Starmer is set to pay out Labour members’ subscriptions and apologise to so-called anti-Semitism whistleblowers, in order to settle a court case that Labour would win – if he fought it.

Why?

What is the aim here, other than to humiliate the party and create a false impression that Labour was in the wrong?

Here’s the story:

Labour is poised to make a formal apology to antisemitism whistleblowers as part of a settlement designed to draw a line under allegations made during the Jeremy Corbyn era, the Guardian has learned.

The whistleblowers sued the party for defamation in the wake of a BBC Panorama investigation last year. No final settlement has been reached but sources said an agreement was imminent, prompting anger from Corbyn allies who accused the Labour leader, Keir Starmer, of capitulating.

Seven of the eight whistleblowers – all former Labour staffers – who featured in the documentary instructed the prominent media lawyer Mark Lewis to take action against the party.

They claimed senior figures had issued statements attacking their reputations and suggesting they had ulterior political and personal motives to undermine the party.

Labour is expected to settle a separate case with the veteran journalist John Ware, who led the Panorama investigation and who sued over a statement by Labour that the BBC had engaged in “deliberate and malicious representations designed to mislead the public” in its broadcast.

If they were justified in their action, then perhaps it would be fair for them to receive an apology and restitution. However:

Any apology will prove controversial among Corbyn loyalists, who questioned whether settling it is a good use of party funds. The Guardian understands legal advice provided to Labour under Corbyn’s leadership suggested the party could win the case.

Labour under Starmer has appeared eager to reach agreements to end ongoing conflicts over the party’s antisemitism crisis.

So on the face of it, Starmer is throwing Labour members’ subscription money away, in order to lie about the way anti-Semitism was handled by these former officers.

And it will be for nothing. Appeasement never stops anybody – it just encourages them to go on accusing and demanding, with each demand being more outrageous.

What impression is Starmer hoping to give?

That Labour is now utterly supine?

That the party will give in and go along with anyone who tries to bully it – like the Tories on the Covid-19 crisis and the sectarian groups among the UK’s Jewish community who demand absolute loyalty to the Israeli government, no matter what atrocities it commits against Palestine?

That Labour is no longer an anti-racist party as it will not defend even its own members who stand up against racism?

That Labour is no longer worthy of support in any way at all?

Source: Labour set to apologise to antisemitism whistleblowers | Politics | The Guardian

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‘Don’t sue whistleblowers’, Labour is warned. Fine – we haven’t heard of any yet

The story about Panorama, alleged Labour Party anti-Semitism, and the so-called “whistleblowers”is proliferating crazily, so it’s practically impossible to write anything constructive about it right now.

However, stories about the “disaffected former employees” featured in the documentary are mistaken when they refer to these people as “whistleblowers”.

To be whistleblowers, they need to fulfil certain criteria – and leaking a shedload of information that was taken without consent – as far as we can tell – from their former employers doesn’t qualify.

So when Emily Thornberry said:

“We shouldn’t be going for the messengers, we should be listening to the message”

and

“Nobody can pretend there isn’t an ongoing problem in the Labour Party with antisemitism”

she is mistaken.

Labour would be well within its rights to pursue all of the people who used information taken from the party in contravention of the Data Protection Act, it seems to me.

Not only that, but I reckon the party would also be justified in taking out litigation over the way those people have used this information to present what may be an entirely false argument that Labour has a serious problem with anti-Semitism.

Panorama spent a significant amount of time discussing the case against Jackie Walker, who was expelled from Labour over allegations of anti-Semitism.

But comparison of these claims with the facts has shown that the Panorama version of events doesn’t stand up – as the BBC admitted in a correction of a previous version of that claim, sent to a Twitter user, at least 10 days before the programme was aired.

If the rest of the claims of anti-Semitism against current – and former – party members is as flimsy… I reckon these so-called “whistleblowers” may find themselves in deep trouble – soon.

So I have to question the motivation of anyone who tries to stop Labour from taking out litigation against them.

Source: Labour’s antisemitism row at ‘tipping point’ as party warned not to sue whistleblowers | Politics News | Sky News

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