Eight whistleblowers have told how they felt consistently undermined by senior Labour bosses in attempts to tackle antisemitism, alleging consistent interference in complaints and claiming that one key aide mocked their efforts. Four of the whistleblowers, including the former Labour general secretary Iain McNicol, who left his post last year, have broken non-disclosure agreements to come forward. Speaking to the BBC’s Panorama programme, about which the Labour party has raised complaints to the highest level at the BBC, former officials allege key aides including Labour’s director of communications, Seumas Milne and Labour’s new general secretary, Jennie Formby, interfered with investigations. Jeremy Corbyn’s personal email address was also copied into leaked email chains, which former officials allege show interference. Labour robustly denies any interference and say that “former disaffected employees sought the view of staff in the leader’s … [Read more...] about Labour bosses accused of undermining fight against antisemitism
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Our country is one of the greatest in the world. From the industrial revolution to the world wide web, Brits have revolutionised the way we live. The NHS is the envy of the world. We are one of the world’s largest economies. William Shakespeare provides just one example of our cultural impact across the globe. We have revelled in our diversity. We can be a country not only proud of our history, but proud of what we can become – open, humorous, decent, confident and modern. It is this spirit which inspired my late father to come to this country from Nigeria and build a life here. This is the Britain I love, and what we must strive to become again. Today, sadly, we may be diverse but we are also a deeply divided and unequal country. A truly “United” Kingdom now is an aspiration, not a reality. Globalisation has raised the standard of living of countless millions of poor people around the world but in Britain it has brought wealth to too few and insecurity to … [Read more...] about Chuka Umunna: This is why I joined the Liberal Democrats
The antisemitism claims paralysing the Labour party have hindered the Palestinian cause and must be confronted through a renewed political debate about the Israeli-Palestinian issue, the former Middle East minister Peter Hain will argue. In a 3,000-word statement written with Daniel Levy, a former adviser to Israeli Labour prime ministers, Lord Hain will say on Tuesday: “Somehow the party has managed to alienate the vast majority of Jewish members and the Jewish community while doing nothing to advance the debate on Israel/Palestine, let alone justice for Palestinians.” In what is designed to be a major intervention to persuade the party to address the roots of the problem, they add: “Labour’s debilitating antisemitism crisis has so far focused upon process – are those charged with antisemitic behaviour being properly disciplined by the party’s leadership or not? When actually the problem is political, and therefore requires a political not simply a … [Read more...] about Labour antisemitism row hinders Palestinian cause – Peter Hain
Nicole Lampert 7 June 2019 3:53 PM 7 June 2019 3:53 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp How seriously is Labour taking the investigation into its anti-Semitism problem by the UK equalities watchdog? Well, in the early hours of this morning it was celebrating the election in Peterborough of a woman accused of anti-Jewish racism. Her campaign had been supported by around 60 Labour MPs as well as hundreds of activists. Just over a week after the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched its investigation into Labour, we now have in Lisa Forbes an MP who both the anti-racism group Hope not Hate and the Labour party’s Jewish affiliate, The Jewish Labour Movement (JLM), are demanding has the whip removed before she even steps into Westminster. Forbes has insisted that she believes anti-Semitism is ‘abhorrent’. But she liked a Facebook post saying Theresa May had a ‘Zionist Slave Master’s agenda’ and on … [Read more...] about The shame of Labour MPs who campaigned for Lisa Forbes
In one of the latest episodes of Bojack Horseman, the animated Netflix series from Raphael Bob-Waksberg, we met a character called Vance Waggoner. Vance is a star who has been spurned by the Hollywood system for his drunken outbursts and vile behaviour – but the show finds him on the comeback trail, eventually winning a Lifetime Achievement award at the We Forgive You awards, or “Forgivies”. The character could hardly be any more pointedly based on Mel Gibson, who was shunned for a while by studios after his anti-Semitic meltdown in 2006 but has been offered multiple comebacks since, including an Oscar-nominated return to directing with Hacksaw Ridge, a role in the commercial hit Daddy’s Home 2, a gritty cop caper with Dragged Across Concrete, and now the announcement of two new movie roles, playing Santa Claus (!) and a Rothschild. Wait, come again? Yes, Mel Gibson is to appear in Rothchild, a film that is billed as “a dark satire about New York’s … [Read more...] about How is Mel Gibson now starring in a film about the Rothschilds?