How do centrists in this country, and in the USA, manage to be so foam-at-the-mouth full of hatred for the left?
Keir Starmer yesterday massively overstepped by approving the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn’s membership of the Labour Party, simply for saying he did not agree with every single detail of the Equalities & Human Rights Commission Report into so-called ‘anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.’
Somehow, the new Labour leader thinks that being far more aggressive, ruthless and malicious towards members of his own party than he has ever been in his entire life towards the Conservative Party, is the way to be an Opposition leader. Starmer is reproducing the vile work Neil Kinnock carried out against his former allies in the 1980s, when he purged thousands of members from the party, on the dubious grounds that they were part of the ‘Militant Tendency’ – really just because they were leftists.
Starmer wants leftists out of the Labour Party too. By actually suspending Corbyn’s membership, an action that may not even be allowed by the party’s rules, he has declared that he will take any opportunity given to knife left wing members in the back.
If that is how Starmer wants it, then so be it. But he, and his sympathisers, need to understand something that really should be very obvious, but that they somehow keep missing. I have lost count, in the eight months since Starmer began his enfeebled reign as Opposition leader, of how many times I have seen impatient centrists sneering at the left that they must ‘get behind’ Starmer and show some unity, because otherwise, when the next General Election comes around, it will let the Tories back in for another five years.
It is hard enough trying to decide what is most nauseating about this pattern of talk; the hypocrisy of it, or the insensitivity of it. The hypocrisy is too obvious to need much description, after all the unending centrist backstabbing of Corbyn during his leadership. But the insensitivity is no less profound. Just to make patronising demands of the left to get behind Starmer, to insinuate that it is not just the right thing to do, but one so obvious that it is bizarre to consider any other attitude, is profoundly hurtful and ignorant. A lot of the left have been unfairly smeared and falsely implicated in wildly exaggerated pseudo-scandals. Many have been traumatised, many have had their lives irretrievably damaged, some have literally died as an indirect result of the malicious bullying that was chiefly orchestrated by the Labour Right. To have been treated like that for five years by the sorts of careerist scum of which Starmer is so clearly a part, and then to be harangued to get behind him, is not entirely unlike instructing a rape victim to give her attacker a standing ovation. (Not as bad as doing that certainly, but definitely something akin to it.) It is unbelievably crass and arrogant of the Labour Right to say such things at all to people whom their cohorts have so needlessly hurt and undermined for so long.
And that is all before yesterday…….
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