Registered On: September 7, 2015
I agree that the issue is far deeper rooted than Corbyn, it’s a problem across large parts of the left. You only have to look at Starmer’s Facebook page where he has recently visited a synagogue to see the usual comments from lefties saying how he is a slave to Israel or a tool of the Zionists because of this. However, when one individual makes comments which undermine the response to dealing with it there has to be consequences. Otherwise anyone can make such comments again and feel like they’ll be protected. As leader of the Labour Party Corbyn allowed this to flourish. He then undermined the report and contradicted leadership’s commitments; Starmer needed to take action to show he’s in charge and that Labour are no longer ignoring Jewish concerns.
As I say, it’s the whole action to whizz this through which has really left a sour taste. It smacks of a stitch up to get him back in without due process, and it would feel this way regardless of the purpose of the disciplinary issue. The new, less Corbyn friendly, NEC commences next week and this just screams of a Corbyn friendly NEC making a last ditch effort to save him before it’s too late for them. I would love to know why this case had to be zoomed through above all others on a rational means, but I suspect there isn’t one. The NEC have shown they don’t care about integral investigations, or respecting the need for such, just saving their own skin. They preach moral righteousness, but behave just as tribal as many other politicians.
Starmer has been played, and his statement last night gave the impression that he knew it and was angry. However, he should have started the independent complaints process straight away, instead of waiting for the EHRC ruling, which would have meant Corbyn having to deal with non-biased figures, not his comrades who have been complicit in the failings highlighted by the EHRC.