Corbyn’s spinners are working overtime to stress their Shadow Cabinet’s northern roots. The truth of course is London Labour is the epicentre of the loony left – the Leader, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Brexit Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary occupy four neighbouring constituencies in North London. Add McDonnell and all of Jez’s top team is based within dinner party distance…
Senior figures at Momentum are being sent abuse from Corbyn supporters accusing them of “bowing to Israeli pressure” for sacking Jackie Walker as vice chair. Despite the group’s overall very lenient response to the Walker row, Momentum bosses Jon Lansman and James Schneider (who are both Jewish) are being sent messages like the one above accusing them of following “the agenda of the Israeli embassy”. Schneider jokes in response: “I faked the moon landing actually”. The moment when the leaders of the hard-left realise how nutty their grassroots really are…
Momentum have sacked Jackie Walker as vice chair but decided not to suspend her membership or remove her from their steering committee. They say in a statement released last night that her comments on the Holocaust were “irresponsible” but not anti-Semitic, and they say she was stitched up: “Momentum is concerned that footage of a training session was leaked to the press. The leak is unacceptable and undermines much needed political education”.
They add: “On the basis of the evidence the Committee has seen, Jackie should not be expelled from the Labour Party”. So Momentum believe Walker’s comments were not anti-Semitic, blame the media for exposing her and say she shouldn’t be kicked out of Labour. Wonder what the Labour moderates who kowtowed to Momentum last week have to say now…
This time last year tax blogger Richard Murphy was anointed the guru of Corbynomics, unofficially advising Jez and John on policy. His role was significant enough for David Cameron to make a sex joke about his “Joy of Tax” during his conference speech. Yet somewhere along the way the relationship soured. Murphy started to make a series of public comments denouncing the direction Corbyn and McDonnell were taking. These days he is far removed from the Corbynista project. So what caused the breakdown in relations? A source with intimate knowledge of Murphy’s meetings with the leader’s office claims Murphy requested to be put forward for a peerage as a thank you for his contribution. Jez said no, and they haven’t got on since. Now if Richard were to agree to chair some sort of independent inquiry things might be different…
Jackie Walker’s position as vice-chair of Momentum looks increasingly untenable after sources said Jon Lansman, previously a supporter and friend, had reached the end of his tether. A senior Jewish Labour source told Guido last night:
“Very senior members of Momentum from Lansman downwards are appalled by this. They say they find Jackie a liability. They recognise the damage that she is doing. They agree that her remarks are continually offensive.”
The Guardian reports that members of Momentum’s steering committee will seek to have Walker expelled on Monday. Manuel Cortes, the leader of the militant TSSA union, says Walker must resign or his union will withdraw their support from Momentum. The bizarre moment when Momentum are taking anti-Semitism more seriously than the Labour Party…
Labour’s standing in the Jewish community is at a new low after the party refused to comment on what action it would take against Jackie Walker. The chair of the Jewish Labour Movement Jeremy Newmark says:
“If Royall, Chakrabarti and Jeremy’s speech yesterday have made any difference to anything we would have expected to see clear, open action against Jackie Walker’s provocative behaviour. Her remarks seem to have been carefully calibrated to cause maximum hurt and pain to many many people.”
The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism says:
“It is beyond disgraceful that she was readmitted to the Labour Party and remains Vice Chair of Momentum. Shortly after her outburst, Jeremy Corbyn promised to fight antisemitism with his every breath but this is just the latest in a string of incidents involving Jackie Walker. What is there to investigate? How many more chances will she be given? Enough is enough. Jackie Walker must be expelled from the Labour Party and Momentum immediately and condemned in the strongest possible terms. Until Labour matches its rhetoric with action, we remain of the view that the Labour Party is not safe for Jews.”
The Jewish Chronicle’s Marcus Dysch says it’s a
“Complete cover up so we don’t know who’s in, who’s out, or what action is taken.”
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has condemned her comments:
“We are extremely shocked and saddened that Jackie Walker has questioned the aims and basis of Holocaust Memorial Day… Commemoration of the Holocaust should be a universal responsibility and does not prevent or undermine commemoration of other genocides.”
Even Corbynistas and Momentum supporters have said she should go:
Totally agree. I imagine both Labour and Momentum will see sense to suspend/expel Walker today. https://t.co/w1qk3nfc1B
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) September 28, 2016
Jackie is very close friends with Jon Lansman, and used their relationship to get him to argue she should be reinstated to the party last time round. Her partner is Graham Bash, a personal friend of Corbyn for over 30 years. Bash works for the Labour Representation Committee, the faction controlled by another of his close friends, John McDonnell. Corbynistas without personal connections to Walker are angrily briefing that this is why no action has been taken…
Labour will keep their response to the Jackie Walker anti-Semitism row private following new procedures adopted after the Chakrabarti inquiry. The party is under pressure to expel Walker over her comments on the Holocaust, yet Labour say they will not update the public on any action taken against her, a new policy recommended by Baroness Chakrabarti. A Labour spokesman says:
“We don’t comment on individuals’ membership status.”
Previously Labour would tell the press as soon as a member had been suspended.
Just hours after Jeremy Corbyn told conference “every one of us has a responsibility” to stand up to anti-Semitism, Labour are covering up their response to anti-Semitic remarks made by members. The new policy aims to make sure those accused of anti-Semitism are not treated unfairly, its priority is to protect those facing investigation. Unless Walker herself discloses what action, if any, is taken, the public will be kept in the dark. A complete cop out from Labour that ends all transparency on how they’re dealing with anti-Semitism. Corbyn’s words yesterday weren’t worth the autocue they were written on…
UPDATE: There is widespread uneasiness about this:
Just in case anyone wonders, I think Jackie Walker's comments are antisemitic and that she should be shown the door never to return.
— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) September 28, 2016
As long as Jackie Walker remains in Labour Party, then Jeremy Corbyn's words on antisemitism are meaningless. They are just words. #Lab16
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) September 28, 2016
I promised to give it two months and will do so. But I can't be in the same party as Jackie Walker.
Give me a break.
— Falcon Malteser (@Falcon_Malteser) September 29, 2016
Momentum boss Jackie Walker is facing suspension from Labour (again) for criticising Holocaust Memorial Day. So this typo in her tweet explaining her comments is unfortunate…
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