Registered On: September 7, 2015
I can understand the frustration at Labour infighting. I don’t think there’s any way around it. The hard left have been seeing Starmer as a traitor, and an opportunity to act, from day one. There have been talk of the SCG trying to challenge him for a while with candidates like Richard Burgon and Ian Lavery.
Now Starmer’s had to take action against Corbyn and they will use this as an excuse, regardless of whether he was readmitted or not. The readmittance of him will allow them to use this against Starmer and feel emboldened. Obviously a continued suspension will anger them, but they won’t be happy either way. At least with the latter we have some repercussions for actions. The former means turning a blind eye to mistreatment of a serious issue, unless Corbyn makes a sincere apology, which he hasn’t. As it’s unavoidable now in any way I see no advantage to letting him back in and it sells out the party’s commitments to equality.
I am also unsure as to Starmer’s culpability really. I think he needs to act in response, but the decision to allow him in was out of his hands. Unfortunately, I don’t think that most Jews or the public will see it that way and think it’s Starmer being weak and allowing him back in. I have seen some comments from Jews saying Starmer has sold them out and let someone off the hook for anti-Semitism minimalisation. I think the public will see it as something which should be in Starmer’s control from perception, and will result in an image of a weak leader.