FIAT - hi
Bit of an understatement m8
As well as being investigated by the Equality and Human Rights Commission!
DEPUTY LEADER DISAGREES WITH OTHER PARTY LEADERS
Labour at war over anti-Semitism: Deputy leader Tom Watson says ‘chilling’ Panorama expose shows ‘permissive culture’ towards vile abuse - but Corbyn dismisses it as based on evidence of ‘disaffected’ former staff
By JAMES TAPSFIELD, POLITICAL EDITOR, FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 08:03, 11 July 2019 | UPDATED: 12:48, 11 July 2019
Mr Watson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he ‘deplored’ the Labour response to the whistle blowers.
‘You couldn’t fail to be saddened and moved by the testimony, particularly of the young members who’d had racist abuse in party meetings and on social media,’ he said.
Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters urged MPs and activists to ‘drown out’ claims in last night’s BBC Panorama investigation to protect the Labour leader and his aides from anti-Semitism, it was revealed today.
INSTRUCTING ACTIVISTS ON HOW TO DEFEND CORBYN & FORMBY
The party’s ‘outriders’ and ‘socialist social media activists’ were urged to take to social media to defend Mr Corbyn and his general secretary Jennie Formby.
As the show went out on BBC1 a WhatsApp message reportedly shared and sent by a key aide to Corbyn says his supporters must ‘park your emotions for a few days’.
And they should avoid criticising his deputy Tom Watson - who said today the Panorama film had revealed a ‘sickness in our party’.
Instead they should turn their fire on the BBC and focus on allegations that the Tories are Islamophobia and ‘amplify’ Labour’s message that they are not a racist or anti-Semitic.
The memo, leaked to HuffPo’s Paul Waugh, says: ‘Jeremy Corbyn is not an Anti-semite. Jennie is dealing with Anti-semitism. It is a real and present problem,’
A Labour source has said that the guidance was not written by the party.
'And there was an array of young and old former members of staff from different wings of the party who I think showed great courage to speak out in the way they did…
‘To speak out about the party they love must have taken a great act of courage and to dismiss their testimony as in some way flawed I think was wrong.’
He added that he had now been shut out of seeing figures on membership and disciplinary cases.
‘It does seem to me that there is obviously some participation in these disciplinary cases from the leader’s office, which means they are responsible for dealing with the rebuilding of trust in the Jewish community,’ he added.
USING NDA’s TO TRY TO SILENCE EX OFFICIALS
BBC News (online)
Labour anti-Semitism claims prompt dismay in party
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Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said the “serious charges” were being “hotly contested”, and the process of dealing with complaints in the party had been “improved dramatically”.
But Mr Watson said he “deplored the statement made” by the party and to dismiss the testimony of the staff - some of whom had signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) when they left - was “wrong”.
LABOUR MPs OPENLY CRITICISING CORBYN
Three Labour MPs - Ruth Smeeth, Margaret Hodge and Louise Ellman - have written to Mr Corbyn, saying there was “no justifiable reason for your continuing failure to act”.
They added: “The ongoing inaction and tolerance of anti-Semitism has made a mockery of the party’s core values of anti-racism and promoting equality. By ignoring this issue, you are turning a blind eye to anti-Jewish racism in the party”.
‘the Islamophobic Tory party’ (as you state in your post - as a pathetic ‘deflection’ attempt), doesn’t even come close!