Sunday 5 April 2020

"Scrutiny is important"

Now that he has replaced Jeremy Corbyn,  various skeletons are emerging from Keir Starmer’s cupboard.

On Harry’s Place, there’s what appears to be a (slightly dodgy) anonymous text message alluding to his role in the Jimmy Savile ‘cover-up’ (Yes, they have misspelt “Kier”)

We might take that with a pinch of salt, but in the Evening Standard of January 2013, Starmer blames the police for the cock-up.
“Britain’s chief prosecutor apologised for the failure to pursue four separate allegations against the BBC star, one made as recently as four years ago. 
Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer said there were failures by police in Sussex and Surrey and by the principal lawyer in dealing with the allegations. He issued a personal apology for the mistakes by the Crown Prosecution Service and announced a series of changes to improve the investigation of allegations by child victims.
As Director of Public prosecutions, a few other regrettable decisions of the ‘uman rights kind have also been mentioned.

When Jeremy Corbyn was appointed Labour leader, admittedly it took them some time, but he was eventually held to account by the media for his past unsavoury indiscretions and associations.  
When they’ve finished fawning over him, will the media be interested in the new leader’s track record?

Keir Starmer has apologised to the Jewish community and promised to root out antisemitism in the Labour Party.

As chair of Labour Friends of Palestine, Lisa Nandy has pledged to recognise Palestine as a State and advocate for the Right of Return for Palestinians (and their descendants) who were displaced or fled from the1948 ‘intended war of annihilation.’

Can someone explain how Starmer intends to root out antisemitism when he has just appointed Lisa Nandy as the new Shadow Foreign Secretary? 


  1. I raised a similar possibility as you do in your final para, Sue, on the Open Thread.

    It's one thing to call for an "independent Palestine", quite another to call for "the right of return" which, everyone understands, would mean the destruction of Israel within a month.

    Nandy's comments about what is going on in the area are so one-sided as to be deeply troubling. Has she ever condemned Mahmoud Abbas's anti-semitism?

    Has she ever condemned the gross anti-semitism found in Hamas and the Arab media generally?

  2. The reason Israel is full of Jews is the result of anti-semitism in surrounding Middle East countries as well as Europe. Most Jews from Islamic countries have a very different view of their neighbours than people in this country. Labour politicians who are anti-Israel share in some measure the same antipathy towards Jews based not on love of Palestinians but a deep rooted hatred of Jews.

  3. From March 2017:

    Starmer’s six tests for the Brexit deal are:

    1. Does it ensure a strong and collaborative future relationship with the EU?
    2. Does it deliver the “exact same benefits” as we currently have as members of the Single Market and Customs Union?
    3. Does it ensure the fair management of migration in the interests of the economy and communities?
    4. Does it defend rights and protections and prevent a race to the bottom?
    5. Does it protect national security and our capacity to tackle cross-border crime?
    6. Does it deliver for all regions and nations of the UK?

    Judging by his shadow cabinet appointments, I suspect little has changed in Starmer's anti Brexit opinions. Please let there not be a call for a government of national unity with KS involved. We would be straight back to square one with the EU - and notice how the EU have left it up to national governments to tackle the coronavirus.

    1. h/t: - Budanevey


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