Blairism, first the tragedy now the farce

30 September 2021 — theplanningmotivedotcom

The Labour Party Conference is notable for two things. The failed rear-guard action by the left, followed by the takeover of the party by the Blairites. What a bunch of political clowns. Blair gained office at the height of neo-liberalism, but now neo-liberalism is at its end, reduced to rubble. And they want to resurrect the past. We are now in the white water of history, not the swamp of the 1990s.

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Politics in Britain is entering a new phase

31 March 2021 — Socialist Resistance

By the Socialist Resistance editorial committee.

The successful vaccine roll out by the NHS and Starmer’s right wing gallop has given Johnson a shot in the arm. Polls put the Tories 7% ahead of Labour, and on the 6 March at 13% ahead. But the Brexit fall-out, the Covid “social murder”, the dis-United Kingdom, and the economic crisis all point towards a period of intensifying political turmoil. The reheated deep centre of Blairism, now led by Starmer, will fail to dislodge the English nationalist Tories, and thus maintain the creeping authoritarianism and the far right in politics. The Covid pandemic is not about to disappear as mutations arise. As billionaires increase their wealth in this period, neoliberal governments will make the working class pay for the economic crisis. Measures are not being taken to stop the rise of temperature at 1.5°C by 2030. The multi-faceted crisis will continue and deepen. In this context, there will be greater opportunities to present a radical ecosocialist and revolutionary alternative.

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Labour antisemitism allegations: How Corbyn and Starmer are judged by different standards

17 April 2021 — Jonathan Cook

Jewish groups that lambasted Corbyn’s code of conduct as antisemitic are now silent over revelations it is being used by Starmer

Middle East Eye – 17 April 2021

For years, allies of Jeremy Corbyn argued that allegations of antisemitism had been weaponised against the then-Labour leader and his supporters to undermine his socialist programme and stifle criticism of Israel.

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Labour disclosure ‘shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn’, activists say

16 April 2021 — Middle East EyeJonathan Cook

By Jonathan Cook

Former leader’s disciplinary code, which was criticised by pro-Israel groups, is still being used under Starmer, party officials admit after court hearing

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured in London at a protest against proposed new police powers, in April 2021 (AFP)

A group of Labour activists fighting through the courts to discover why they and others were investigated or expelled from the UK’s Labour Party for antisemitism say they have flushed out proof of bad faith from their accusers.

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Starmer isn’t ‘too cautious’ – he is ruthlessly tearing Labour apart

5 April 2021 — Jonathan Cook

A year in, the British Labour leader is giving the Tories an easy ride while investing his energy in an all-out war on the party’s left

Middle East Eye – 5 April 2021

The completion of Keir Starmer’s first year as Labour leader might have passed without note, had it not been the occasion for senior party figures to express mounting concern at Labour’s dismal performance in opposition to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.

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Ken Livingstone to challenge EHRC in court

14 January 2021 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

Ken Livingstone – Left Legal Fighting Fund

Ken Livingstone is going to court in the UK to challenge anti-Semitism allegations.

The former mayor of London is contesting the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s controversial report that in October claimed he was guilty of “unlawful harassment” against Jews.

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Israel lobby slaughters Corbyn again

31 October 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

Jeremy Corbyn arriving home the night he was purged from Labour. Victoria Jones ZUMA Press

After a five-year campaign of smears, Labour’s former leader Jeremy Corbyn was suspended by party bosses on Thursday.

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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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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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