Monday, 2 May 2016

Two more suspensions from the Labour party.

According to Guido Fawkes.

Nottingham's Labour councillor Ilyas Aziz, arguing that jews should "relocate" to America "now". Suspended.

Labour councillor in Blackburn (and former mayor) Salim Mulla: it is “bloody obvious” who is behind ISIS: “Those who are not sure. ISRAEL.” and “Zionist Jews are a disgrace to humanity”. Suspended.

And some great comments from readers of Guido Fawkes web site:

"How many Labour anti-Semites does it take to change a lightbulb?" .... "There are no anti-Semites in the Labour Party, so we will just have to remain here in darkness..."

It's come to something when a councillor can't go around being a disgusting hate-filled racist bigot without being smeared as a disgusting hate-filled racist bigot...

at this rate by tomorrow labour might be suspending their bigots BEFORE Guido can post anything.

More suspensions? I'd guess yes. It looks as if some people thought they could say whatever they liked on Facebook and Twitter and no-one would notice. But in the last few days, people have been taking notice. Social media have always been like this. It feels to you like your remarks are being shared by your circle of close friends - actually, they're being published on the internet and available to several billion people. And I'd guess that what is happening, is people with racist local councillors have been checking through their public statements and sending word to Guido.

And what about Ken?

The Ken Livingstone saga is still in place. He hasn't been expelled from the Labour Party, just suspended. Well, that's as it should be - before being expelled, there should be due process, a fair hearing at which he can defend his position and statements. But that's going to be rather difficult for Corbyn. Because Ken said "When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel. He was supporting Zionism before he went mad and ended up killing six million Jews." And he's not apologised, or taken it back, and it looks very like he isn't going to.

Now let's leave aside the quibble that Israel didn't exist in 1932, Ken must have meant "Palestine".  What he was referring to was the "Haavara agreement"  (actually 1933, but again let's not quibble) which allowed jews emigrating Germany to take some of their assets with them to Palestine.

So you could, if you crossed your eyes and defocussed your brain, read that as supporting Zionism, and Ken, I guess, is going to give that as his defence.

And that's going to put Corbyn into a slightly difficult position. Ken will claim "I was telling the truth" and has the Haavara agreement to cite, but by the time the Trial of Ken Livingstone takes place, heaven knows how many more suspensions will have taken place, increasing the pressure on Corbyn to clean his Augean stables. And if Ken is expelled, does anyone think that this will stop him talking to the media? Or stop the media from pursuing a great click-bait story?

The local elections take place on Thursday, and until then, it's in the Labour Party's interest to keep the lid on any controversy about their party. Although that isn't working.

After May 5th, the gloves are off.

 ... update ...

Three in one day.

Burnley Labour councillor Shah Hussain has been suspended.

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