On the same day This Site published an article that in part detailed how former Labour MP Chris Williamson was smeared and vilified, the personal views of the gentleman concerned have been aired elsewhere.
You can read my piece here. In it, I discussed how Mr Williamson had been accused of anti-Semitism after he rightly stated that Labour had been “too apologetic” in response to accusations of the same against other party members; his point was that evidence should have been evaluated before any concessions were made.
Mr Williamson’s own perspectives are well worth recording. He stated that the accusations against him were “trumped up charges at the behest of the Zionist lobby and a ragtag and bobtail bunch of revolting right-wingers”.
He went on to say that left-wingers in the party failed to support him, and this “timidity” in turn led to “Labour’s catastrophic election defeat in 2019, followed by Jeremy [Corbyn]’s suspension in 2020, and Diane Abbott’s earlier this year.”
And he stated:
The left now has even less influence over the Labour Party today than it did under Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Truth be told, the left has no influence whatsoever anymore and there is no prospect that it ever will.
The mechanisms that enabled Jeremy to be elected leader, or allowed me to become a Labour MP have been obliterated.
Not only will a leftwinger never be allowed to stand as the Labour leader in the future, no leftwinger will ever be allowed to even become a Labour parliamentary candidate.
But although the Labour left has been comprehensively crushed, Labour’s deplorable right-wingers, who now have complete control of the party, are still resorting to desperate lies and smears against the left.
But these smears are doing right-wing Labour little good, stated Mr Williamson, who seems to support the expelled former party members who won victories against Labour in May’s local elections:
There were some startling reversals for the party, where former Labour Party members, who had been kicked out by Sir Keir Starmer’s regime, stood as independent candidates. One such case was in Winsford, which is a district of the West Cheshire and Chester local authority, where Labour was all but wiped out by a new grouping called Salt of the Earth. The Labour Party’s dirty tricks failed to hoodwink local voters there.
So all the betrayals have weighed against Labour, rather than earning it voters.
It serves Keir Starmer right.
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