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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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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Being Jewish in North Islington Labour Party

3 November 2020 — Red Pepper

Lynne Segal

by Lynne Segal

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to write, yet again, about being a Jewish member of the Labour Party in Jeremy Corbyn’s constituency. So let me tell you at once that it has been terrible, almost unbearable. We have had to watch a wholly false, but soon unstoppable, invention of charges of antisemitism against our MP, with our own views as Jewish members completely ignored.

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Israeli politician boasts about role in Corbyn’s downfall

5 November 2020 — The Electronic Intifada

Asa Winstanley

Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin addressing Gilad Erdan at an anti-BDS conference. (NGO Monitor/YouTube)

An Israeli politician has claimed responsibility for her part in the political downfall of former UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

“Bye bye @jeremycorbyn,” Ayelet Nahmias-Verbin posted on Twitter, “Justice is done. Proud I was part of this puzzle.” Continue reading

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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