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The sad thing is that anything seen as being critical of Israel is spun as being antisemitic even though Israel has one of the most evil regimes in the world - but they’re on “our” side so they get a free pass.
Agreed. I get massively irritated by this.

Don't see anything wrong with what Peake said. RLB was naive however in retweeting it, but she doesn't come across as the brightest.

Starmer playing to the gallery, no doubt influenced by Johnson's unwillingness to take any action when ministers (or Cummings) step out of line.
 

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Agreed. I get massively irritated by this.

Don't see anything wrong with what Peake said. RLB was naive however in retweeting it, but she doesn't come across as the brightest.

Starmer playing to the gallery, no doubt influenced by Johnson's unwillingness to take any action when ministers (or Cummings) step out of line.
Or maybe Starmer is concentrating on the Labour Party he wants and is not influenced by any other leader or party.
 

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... she is useless and another product of the old regime. So this gave Starmer an opportunity too good to miss.
This I think. She's a huge liability. KS must have thought all his birthdays had come at once when he heard what she'd done.
 

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Or maybe Starmer is concentrating on the Labour Party he wants and is not influenced by any other leader or party.
Despite the best efforts of Boris in continuing to reinforce team tory is a byword for incompetence... Starmer still has his work cut out to turn the Labour party around to ensure they are an electable unit... Making and taking strong decisions is a big step forward...
 
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Agreed. I get massively irritated by this.

Don't see anything wrong with what Peake said. RLB was naive however in retweeting it, but she doesn't come across as the brightest.

Starmer playing to the gallery, no doubt influenced by Johnson's unwillingness to take any action when ministers (or Cummings) step out of line.
Starmer simply can't let himself be open to any accusation whatsoever of doubt over his determined antisemitism purge within the Labour party. No matter what mitigations were pleaded for RLB, if he had not acted as he did the Tories and right wing press would have been all over him on this like a rash. Anything to divert attention from the government's management of the pandemic response, and something that Johnson would immediately start using in PMQs to attack Starmer rather than answer difficult questions from him.

It also helps when calm decisiveness and adherence to a principle are things Starmer can display as a contrast to what goes on the other side of the dispatch box.
 

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This is the start of a split in the Labour party, the far left will not be happy about this and unless Starmer cools thing down when he meets his party later today or Monday, I can see others standing behind LB.

Great news for the country as it means they have no chance of getting into power if they split, not that had much chance anyway, but a big nail in the coffin of the Labour Party unless he pulls a magic rabbit out of the hat.
 

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This is the start of a split in the Labour party, the far left will not be happy about this and unless Starmer cools thing down when he meets his party later today or Monday, I can see others standing behind LB.

Great news for the country as it means they have no chance of getting into power if they split, not that had much chance anyway, but a big nail in the coffin of the Labour Party unless he pulls a magic rabbit out of the hat.
Are you forgetting the last time this happened in Labour? Militant Tendency? Kinnock brought about the change, it led to 3 terms for Blair. A split in Labour will make them more electable, not put any nails in coffins.
 
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This is the start of a split in the Labour party, the far left will not be happy about this and unless Starmer cools thing down when he meets his party later today or Monday, I can see others standing behind LB.

Great news for the country as it means they have no chance of getting into power if they split, not that had much chance anyway, but a big nail in the coffin of the Labour Party unless he pulls a magic rabbit out of the hat.
Mustn't forget that Labour cannot - in all likely England and Wales scenarios - get back into power for as long a the Scottish Labour Party flounders around as it is, and the main opposition to the SNP is Jackson Carlaw's SCUP.

In the seven GEs from Blair's first win in 1997 the number of Scottish Labour MPs has been 56/56/41/41/1/7/1

Were Labour to get back to 40 seats in Scotland the Tories 80 majority would vanish - all else remaining the same. But the prospect of that happening any time soon is rather distant. Might have helped the SLP cause had Labour elected Ian Murray as Starmer's deputy - but they didn't.
 
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The whole Labour anti semitism 'issue' was always completely bogus. There was no evidence of anything but a tiny number of highly debatable 'anti semitic incidents'. Especially if you rule out any criticism of the Israeli government as anti semitic. Because it isn't. It was just another part of the campaign of lies perpetrated against a Labour party that some people, including their own party members, did not want elected.

There is no doubt that the Israeli security forces uses the neck kneeling technique. There is no doubt that Israeli security forces have trained US police. The only thing in doubt is whether the Israelis taught this technique to US police. So no anti semitism, no conspiracy theory and no reason to sack her. Starmer has made himself look foolish.
 
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