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    The Labour Party Branch too Moral to the Condemn Pittsburgh Murders

    This is an account by Steve Cooke, Secretary of the Norton West branch as well as political education officer for Stockton North CLP and a member of its executive committee of what happened. The account is taken from his Facebook profile where he has made it publicly available: I am aghast to report that an emergency motion on the #PittsburghSynagogue attack which I took to my Labour Party branch meeting last night was voted down, with the leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the cabinet member for community safety among its most vociferous opponents. The three Norton (North, South and West) branches hold a joint monthly meeting, with the option to break out into separate groups…

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    Jeremy Corbyn Antisemitism and Justice for Palestine

    There’s an event tonight entitled Jeremy Corbyn Antisemitism and Justice for Palestine: The Facebook page says: The Labour right and supporters of Israel have launched a serious attempt to paint Jeremy Corbyn and the Left as antisemites. Any instance of antisemitism should be vigorously opposed, but these right wing forces are using smears to try and undermine Corbyn and the pro-Palestinian movement. They want to equate anti-Zionism with antisemitism. We wholly reject this. They are not the same. We can not let these smears be used to undermine criticism of Israel. Antisemitism is a very real threat, as the rise of the far right across Europe vividly illustrates. The Left…

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    Labour’s Problem is NOT Antisemitism

    The antisemitic views expressed by Labour members have been getting a great deal of media attention recently, at HP we have done our best to shine a light on some of the antisemitic discourse that has become almost a staple of far left discussions on social media. Recently the Jewish community held two demonstrations against the antisemitism in the Labour Party, but no one seems to know what to do about it. Those who wish to fight it might want to start by addressing the root cause of antisemitism rather than just the discourse itself. Jeremy Corbyn is proud of his hard left socialist views. He’s been writing for the…

  • Labour Party,  The Left,  UK Politics

    Stupidity is contagious

    Unison has joined with the GMB in attacking Progress as Dave Prentis, Unison’s general secretary, confirmed that the public sector union would support “attempts to exile New Labour pressure group Progress from the party”. According to the Guardian Prentis said: “Progress seems like a party within a party. Our affiliation is to the Labour Party. We don’t expect an organisation to be allowed to grow within it.” Apparently, it isn’t only misery that likes company. Stupidity too is more comforting when there is a crowd as the unions join together to throw their weight around on this issue in an effort that is not only divisive, but self serving in designed…

  • UK Politics

    What does the new political map of Scotland mean for Labour?

    Don’t know about you but I am not am not a fan of the decorator. SNP yellow is splashed far and wide following its historic May 5 election victory as it routed Labour and swept much else aside. In the Guardian today Jonathan Freedland has some sober words for Ed Miliband and the implications of this new political map of Scotland. He asks what it could mean for Labour’s ability to govern again. It is a scenario that has been spoken off before, but no one expected such a strong performance by the SNP and its leader Alex Salmond. Labour’s Scottish leader Iain Gray proved to be no match for…

  • Labour Party,  Tory/Lib Dem Coalition,  UK Politics

    Toxic Clegg suffers humiliation in Barnsley

    While Labour holding Barnsley Central comes as no surprise what does surprise is Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats slumping from second at the general election to last place in last night’s by-election. This put the Lib Dems behind not only UKIP, who rose above the Conservatives to take second place with 12% (+7), but also behind the BNP on 6% (thankfully also down by -3) and the independent candidate on 5%. The Lib Dems share of the vote in Barnsley was just 4% down a whopping 13% on May 2010. The Conservatives came in third with 8% down 9% as the Tory protest vote decamped on mass to UKIP. The result…

  • Media,  UK Politics

    Playtime Madness

    I read a story in The Metro on the train this morning. It was so mad and made Labour look so bad that my partner was convinced it was a Tory set-up. Here’s The Mirror’s version. The gist of it  is this: The Watford council – so the story goes – has banned parents from supervising their own children on the borough’s playgrounds because they have not had the legally-required police checks. Instead, specially screened council employees are hired to mind the children. Did a Tory council hatch a plot to generate negative headlines for Labour by enforcing the letter-of-the-law with great relish to make Labour look stupid? It’s certainly a bold idea.…

  • Anti Fascism,  UK Politics

    So, are all Europeans extremists nuts then?

    Iain Dale has a story today answering the charge that the Tories are allied with some dodgy loons in Europe. His answer does not seek to defend the extremist parties Tory MEPs are in bed with, but rather points out that Labour has some unsavoury moonbats in its camp too. He quotes another Tory blogger who observes that “a national embarrassment that the governing party of the day consort with communists, terrorists, murderers, anti-semites and 9/11 deniers.” Dale concludes: “The truth is that all European Parliament groupings contain some pretty dodgy characters, many of whose views are unacceptable to UK parties. The LibDems suffer the same in their grouping. I don’t…

  • Gordon MacMillan,  The Left,  UK Politics

    Dump Draper

    The Tories are having their day in the sun this bank holiday Monday as well they are entitled to after team Gordon Brown got themselves into another fine mess. The headlines are serious and damning this morning as Labour tries to limit the damage caused by dumb and dumber, Damian McBride and Derek Draper. The Guardian has “Gordon Brown told: smear tactics could cost Labour election“.  It says Brown is to be told by senior Labour figures this week that he must clean up Downing Street if Labour is to have a chance of winning the next election as a “furious” David Cameron (he’s furious in all the papers, I…

  • UK Politics

    Sir Alan Sugar asked to run for Mayor

    The Evening Standard has splashed with the story Sir Alan Sugar has been approached by senior members of the Labour Party and asked to run for mayor as a stop Ken Livingstone candidate. The paper says that the former Amstrad boss and star of the BBC reality TV hit ‘The Apprentice’ has spoken to Ken Clark, Labour’s London director. Clark is said to have telephoned Sir Alan for what Labour sources said was an “exploratory conversation” about him standing. I don’t think Livingtone should stand again or even consider it. He should leave the way open for someone else to take on Boris Johnson and win the mayor’s office back…