Labour’s Boston Castle Ward has submitted a motion to the forthcoming Rotherham Constituency Labour Party:
“This Ward/CLP demands the reinstatement of Ken Livingstone, and that the unelected, unaccountable constitutional committee be scrapped forthwith.”
They bounced it through a Ward meeting, one where members were informed by email that no motions had been submitted – a very Derek Hatton & Militant tactic.
This is all in disregard for Britain’s most successful Muslim, the greatly admired Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan who said:
“Racism is racism – you can’t distinguish anti-Semitism from racism, it’s a form of racism. And if we are going to be zero-tolerant towards racism, Ken Livingstone has got to go.”
Interesting that the Ward didn’t pass a popular motion condemning Israeli policy and actions in repressing the Palestinian people. Nor Israeli and UK support for Saudi Arabia bombing and killing thousands of innocent non-combatants in the Yemen. We’d all support it.
Instead they form a Muslim/Momentum coalition to support a political “has been” with a track record of dodgy comments & actions, adjudged by many as anti-Semitic.
An example? In the 1980’s, as editor of the Labour Herald when it published an article alleging that Zionists prevented the rescue of European Jewry from the Holocaust, and a cartoon depicting Mr Menachem Begin, then Israel Prime Minister in Nazi uniform, standing on a heap of corpses and giving the Nazi salute over the heading “The Final Solution”.
There are more examples, over recent years ..so let us simply say “he has form” on anti-Semitism.
Then again, so do many in the UK Muslim community
Mehdi Hasan is an Al Jazeera journalist, writer for the New Statesman and winner of a British Muslim Awards for Services to the Media. In a 2013 he wrote
“……anti-Semitism isn’t just tolerated in some sections of the British Muslim community; it’s routine and commonplace…. It’s our dirty little secret. You could call it the banality of Muslim anti-Semitism.” https://goo.gl/JBb8df
Many more Muslim commentators accept that anti-Semitism is a feature of the British Muslim community, and at least one survey has confirmed it.
While Livingstone is the headline grabber, the Party refuses to acknowledge what many members know to be the case. The arrival of numerous Muslim members has noticeably increased issues of casual and active anti-Semitism within the Party.
Then there is Momentum, a group so desperate for power it emulates Socialist Workers Party in grabbing populist headlines, regardless of ethical politics, to grow their illusory power.
- The ignorance of BC Ward is illustrated by their saying the National Constitutional Committee is un elected…in fact it is elected at the Party’s Annual Conference by attending delegates, as per all major Party Policy Business.. https://goo.gl/Edd85U
Thanks Wil for this excellent piece. Pity more members of the labour party were not familiar with the rule book? To read/download your own copy, please click on image below. Rik