Can Long Bailey's re tweet really be considered anti semitic ?

Sir Keir Starmer has begun his own version of the Night of the Long Knives by sacking his leadership rival Rebecca Long Bailey over a rather tenuous link to anti semitism ( see below ,from the Spectator evening summary )

The analysis
Starmer makes his move

Today Sir Keir Starmer sacked his former leadership rival Rebecca Long-Bailey from the shadow cabinet. The Labour leader asked Long-Bailey to step down as shadow education secretary after she shared an interview which contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. In the article in question, long-time Jeremy Corbyn supporter Maxine Peake – the Shameless actress – suggested the tactics used by American police on George Floyd were 'learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services'. Announcing the decision, a spokesman for Starmer said: 'Anti-Semitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.'

The decision to axe Long-Bailey is revealing for two reasons. First, it puts (and is intended to put) clear blue water between Corbyn and Starmer in terms of their handling of allegations of anti-Semitism. While Starmer has spoken many times of the need to take a strong stance, this is one of the clearest signs that he means what he says. In the days of Corbyn, there was a pattern of complaints, little action and then, if the reaction got very bad, a belated carefully worded apology might emerge.

Secondly, Long-Bailey was Starmer's main rival in the leadership contest and represented the Corbynite wing of the party. Starmer said repeatedly that he would offer Long-Bailey a role in his shadow cabinet – even though her campaign took on a rather aggressive tone towards him by the end. That he did so was taken as a sign he wanted to bring the Labour coalition together and keep an element of Corbynism in the party's general direction. Starmer will explain today's move not as a cull of a Corbynite but a result of a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism. However, with Corbynite publications already going on the attack over his decision, it risks reopening Labour's civil war. Today's decision sends a message that this is Starmer's Labour party now.

Who's next , we wonder ?
 
I don't really care; the less air time she gets in the media the better, so consign her whining to the back-benches, and hopefully soon the dustbin of history.
 

Bob65

Old-Salt
This analysis doesn't make sense to me: wasn't Starmer himself a member of Corbyn's inner circle, the architect of his Brexit policy?
 
Who cares? Just watching the Labour party carry on eating itself is priceless. Pass the popcorn!
 
She was always on borrowed time, his inner circle would have been actively looking for anything to use against her.

The more distance he puts between him and the Corbyn class, the more chance he has of being credible.
 
I don't think it was Anti Semitic (albeit poorly researched) - however, to begin repairing the Labour reputation amongst the Jewish population KS has to make bold moves, rather than Corbyn's wishy-washy approach.

This also gives him an excuse to rid the cabinet of a Corbyn ally - and we don't know if she was under a 'one more thing from you, d*ckhead...' type warning.
 

BratMedic

LE
Book Reviewer
This is getting ridiculous, I have no regard for politicians of any colour or race. but that retweet (is that a word?) is not about Jews, it's about Israeli forces, so, if anything it's anti-Zionist. Sacked for being not liked by cur Sir Keir.
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
For Kier Starmer, quoting the Talmud would be anti-semitic if it meant a chance to be rid of Long-Bailey.
 
Sacked for being not liked by cur Sir Keir.
Which, as we all know, is how politics works. Just KS seems to have used this to kill 2 birds with one stone - it'll slightly appease Jewish Labour and gets rid of a thorn in his side.
 
I don't think it was Anti Semitic (albeit poorly researched) - however, to begin repairing the Labour reputation amongst the Jewish population KS has to make bold moves, rather than Corbyn's wishy-washy approach.

This also gives him an excuse to rid the cabinet of a Corbyn ally - and we don't know if she was under a 'one more thing from you, d*ckhead...' type warning.
It does however show how bloody stupid this whole toxic race argument is within leftish circles .
The analogies to be drawn are never ending ,for example if you were to blame a 'plane crash in Bolivia on poor maintenance , are you being racist about the Bolivians ?
Obviously not , but some socialist hack will pop up and disagree .
 
Who's next ?
Dawn and Diane are untouchable because ... well , because .
Would you sack Diane and be big enough to handle the inevitable outpouring of grief, racism, fatism & and any other isms that she could make up :D :D

You're either very brave or a glutton for punishment :D:D

She'll be retired gracefully on health grounds to keep the hounds of hell on a short leash.
 
Sir Keir Starmer has begun his own version of the Night of the Long Knives by sacking his leadership rival Rebecca Long Bailey over a rather tenuous link to anti semitism ( see below ,from the Spectator evening summary )

The analysis
Starmer makes his move

Today Sir Keir Starmer sacked his former leadership rival Rebecca Long-Bailey from the shadow cabinet. The Labour leader asked Long-Bailey to step down as shadow education secretary after she shared an interview which contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. In the article in question, long-time Jeremy Corbyn supporter Maxine Peake – the Shameless actress – suggested the tactics used by American police on George Floyd were 'learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services'. Announcing the decision, a spokesman for Starmer said: 'Anti-Semitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.'

The decision to axe Long-Bailey is revealing for two reasons. First, it puts (and is intended to put) clear blue water between Corbyn and Starmer in terms of their handling of allegations of anti-Semitism. While Starmer has spoken many times of the need to take a strong stance, this is one of the clearest signs that he means what he says. In the days of Corbyn, there was a pattern of complaints, little action and then, if the reaction got very bad, a belated carefully worded apology might emerge.

Secondly, Long-Bailey was Starmer's main rival in the leadership contest and represented the Corbynite wing of the party. Starmer said repeatedly that he would offer Long-Bailey a role in his shadow cabinet – even though her campaign took on a rather aggressive tone towards him by the end. That he did so was taken as a sign he wanted to bring the Labour coalition together and keep an element of Corbynism in the party's general direction. Starmer will explain today's move not as a cull of a Corbynite but a result of a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism. However, with Corbynite publications already going on the attack over his decision, it risks reopening Labour's civil war. Today's decision sends a message that this is Starmer's Labour party now.

Who's next , we wonder ?
I think it can be considered as anti-semitic as it's part of a greater pile on against Israel by elements of UK Labour. A side impact of this has been the extension of the pile-on to Jews in the UK, partly as a result of Labour being in thrall to its South Asian vote.
A while ago, I had cause to contact my parents' local councillor (in Essex): his web-page was dominated by posts about Palestine, to the extent that I wondered why he was a councillor in the UK. Palestine is, for many in Labour, their version of the anti-Aparthied movement. Some of the stuff they put out about Israel is pretty ugly.
 
Given his performance in opposition, he's clearly concentrating his effort to remain a big fish in the Labour party pond, and an also-ran in parliamentary politics.
 
This analysis doesn't make sense to me: wasn't Starmer himself a member of Corbyn's inner circle, the architect of his Brexit policy?
The Brexit policy that was disastrous to the Labour Party and that led to the Labour party having its biggest GE drubbing in a gazillion years, so much so that the leader had to stand down and eventually be replaced by Sir Keir Starmer QC.

That Starmer?
 
I think Starmer had better make sure he's got at least 15" of armour-plating covering his back - the Corbynistas, Momentum and all the other XLW loons will be after his blood. Things ain't going to be pretty - but the entertainment value will be immense.
 
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