Podcast: Asa Winstanley on the Purging of Socialists from the U.K. Labour Party

29 Septemberr 2021 — MintPress News

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Aside from Corbyn, among those purged have been filmmaker Ken Loach and activist Jackie Walker, in what appears to be an attempt to eradicate all traces of socialism and anti-imperialism from Labour.

by Mnar Adley

Shocking almost everybody in positions of power, life-long socialist and anti-war activist Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the British Labour Party in 2015. There was no honeymoon period for the Londoner, however, as right away the media, the government and even senior members of his own party began attempting to oust him. Continue reading

It is the equalities commission, not Labour, carrying out political interference

7 November 2020 — Jonathan Cook

I recently published in Middle East Eye a long analysis of last week’s report by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission into the question of whether the UK Labour party had an especial antisemitism problem. (You can read a slightly fuller version of that article on my website.) In the piece, I reached two main conclusions.

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Antisemitism report: By suspending Corbyn, Starmer is tearing Labour apart

30 October 2020 — Middle East Eye 

Richard Sanders, Peter Oborne

The EHRC report : the evidence points at culprits other than Corbyn

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and current leader Keir Starmer during a general election campaign meeting in Harlow, UK on 5 November 2019 (Reuters)

It’s 35 years since Neil Kinnock established his reputation as Labour opposition leader with his blistering attack on Derek Hatton and the Militant 

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Guardian-Friendly Omissions – ‘This Land’ By Owen Jones

23 October 2020 — Origin: Media Lens
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In his latest book, ‘This Land – The Story of a Movement’ (Penguin, ebook version, 2020), the Guardian’s Owen Jones charts the rise and fall of Jeremy Corbyn.

Jones depicts Corbyn as a ‘scruffy,’ (p.8), ‘unkempt’ (p.50), thoroughly shambolic backbench MP, ‘the most unlikely’ (p.50) of contenders for the Labour leadership. In May 2015, Corbyn reluctantly dipped his toe in the water of the leadership contest, saying: ‘You better make fucking sure I don’t get elected’ (p.54), only to be swept away on a tide of popular support.

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Keir Starmer’s ‘antisemitism’ sacking is a signal that Israel is safe in his hands

29 June 2020 — Jonathan Cook

Crackdown by UK Labour leader on left-wing rival will subdue critics of Israel in his party ahead of Israel’s annexation move

Middle East Eye – 29 June 2020

The sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey from the UK shadow cabinet – on the grounds that she retweeted an article containing a supposedly “antisemitic” conspiracy theory – managed to kill three birds with one stone for new Labour leader Keir Starmer.

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Starmer’s Love Affair with Zionism Could Prove Fatal for Labour

27 June 2020 — American Herald Tribune

BY Stuart Littlewood

Sacking Corbyn’s heir-apparent for anti-Semitic ‘conspiracy’ only stokes more internal conflict

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Sir Keir Starmer, whose scalp has been dangling on the lodge-pole of the Board of Deputies since Day One of his leadership of the Labour Party, has sacked his rival Rebecca Long-Bailey from his front bench for – apparently – indulging in “antisemitic conspiracy theories”.

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Labour report reveals how Jeremy Corbyn was sabotaged from within

18 April 2020 — Grayzone

Pushback with Aaron Maté

Labour Party officials undermined Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership by trying to lose races and exploiting an anti-Semitism smear campaign, an internal report shows.

An internal investigation has found that top Labour Party officials sabotaged Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, including by trying to lose the 2017 UK election. The report also suggests that the same people who tried to undermine Corbyn were themselves the ones who were slow to respond to allegations of anti-Semitism — another weapon that was used against Corbyn’s leadership.

Guest: Asa Winstanley, journalist with The Electronic Intifada.
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Labour’s Leadership Candidates Need a Reckoning, Not a Whitewash

2 February 2020 — Novara Media

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by Michael Chessum

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One of the most striking things about periods of profound political upheaval is the inconsistency. The Corbyn moment, which has (for the moment at least) transformed both Labour and the political perspectives of the left as a whole, is no different.

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Rebecca Long-Bailey Labour leadership campaign marks end of “project Corbyn”

20 January 2020 — WSWS

By Robert Stevens

The nominally “left” candidate in the Labour Party leadership contest, Rebecca-Long Bailey, launched her campaign at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester Friday. The event confirmed that four years of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership have changed nothing fundamental about the Labour Party.

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The Arrogance Of BBC News

19 December 2019 — Media Lens

Note: This alert was originally sent on 19 December but is now being resent because a technical hitch prevented it from reaching many people’s inboxes.

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When we started Media Lens in 2001, we had a rather naïve expectation that journalists might: a) want to respond rationally to reasoned criticism; and b) have privileged access to unparalleled journalistic resources, experts and arguments that would enable journalists to respond with serious points to our challenges. In particular, we imagined that BBC journalists and editors – being funded from the public licence fee – might actually feel obliged to respond.

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Antisemitism has been used to smear the left, while the right targets Jews

7 January 2019 — Jonathan Cook

Israel may emerge stronger by playing politics with antisemitism, but not without severe repercussions for Western Jews

Middle East Eye – 30 December 2019

The year ended with two terrible setbacks for those seeking justice for the Palestinian people.

One was the defeat in the British election of Jeremy Corbyn – a European leader with a unique record of solidarity with Palestinians. He had suffered four years of constant media abuse, recasting his activism as evidence of antisemitism.

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Official Secrets, Lies and the Five Eyes

20 December 2019 — Off Guardian

David Macilwain

Is Putin losing his grip? Why did Russian disinformation operations fail so dramatically in the UK election? Not only did the “rabid socialist” Corbyn fail to seize power from the Russophobic cold-war warriors of Whitehall but Russia’s man in the White House is already planning to move in with them!

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2019 – The Year of Manufactured Hysteria

19 December 2019 — Off Guardian

CJ Hopkins

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Well, it looks like we’ve somehow managed to survive another year of diabolical Putin-Nazi attacks on democracy.

It was touch-and-go there for a while, especially coming down the home stretch, what with Jeremy Corbyn’s desperate attempt to overthrow the UK government, construct a British version of Auschwitz, and start rounding up and mass-murdering the Jews.

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