Well, well, well. Labour’s actually got a Leader with a full pair.

Sir Keir Starmer proved today that, unlike the former leader, Magic Grandpa, he doesn’t need six committees, a year of debate and a further month of agonising: before firing someone who praises anti-Semitic viewpoints.

Seems as though some woman called Maxine Peake stated that “Systemic racism is a global issue,” Peake said in the interview. “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.”

This statement was immediately denied by the Israelis. 

But Rebecca Long-Bailey, who must have thought that Jeremy’s ghost was still hovering above the front benches, tweeted a link to  Maxine’s interview.

UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer on Thursday dismissed her immediately from the shadow cabinet for praising an interview with an actress who accused Israel of complicity in George Floyd’s killing.

6 comments for “Well, well, well. Labour’s actually got a Leader with a full pair.

  1. Ed P
    June 25, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    The usual idiots from Inertia, sorry, Momentum, are crying foul, saying it’s acceptable to criticise Israeli policies without being anti-semitic. Except that wasn’t what Wrong-Daily did, seemingly either from ignorance or foolishness.

  2. Valentine Gray
    June 25, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Considering George Floyd’s horrendous criminal record it may only been a matter of time before he murdered, Stealing counterfeit 20 dollar bills from your employer was not very smart, may have invited his own death. America has grim future if this keeps on a bit like ours.

  3. Mudplugger
    June 25, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    As with many other irritant left-overs from the Corbyn era, Starmer was just waiting for the excuse to shuffle her off – either foolishly or deliberately, she granted him that option, which he immediately seized. Others are awaiting their turn, Starmer knows he has plenty of time to catch them napping and continue to clear out the stables.

    Once they’ve all gone, Boris will find himself facing a very different and highly capable opposition, something which has been lacking for too long. The result of a competent opposition should be a more competent government, which is good for all of us.

  4. James Strong
    June 26, 2020 at 7:57 am

    You really are twisting facts and language here.
    Maxine Peake did not accuse Israel of being complicit in the death of Gaeorge Floyd. Did she?
    To be complicit they’d have had to know or be reasonably expected to know that that individual would have a knee on his neck for so long.

    It is a matter of fact: either the Israeli authorities offered training in this technique, or they did not.

    It has got nothing to do with being anti-Jewish, any more than saying that Robert Mugabe’s police were brutal is anti-black racism. Has it? Or is there a difference?

    And the Israelis have denied Ms. Peake’s claim and you react as if that closes the matter. A remarkable response.

    When did this site start regarding government denials as definitive?

    You’d ridicule statements made by the governments of: France, Germany, the UK, and more if they didn’t suit your world view unless and until you had more facts available to support those governments’ statemernts.Why don’t you have the same scepticism towards the Israeli government?

    When is it possible to criticise Israel? Ever? Never?

    What about Jews who don’t support Israel? Are they anti-semitic?

    I suspect that Long-Bailey’s sacking has less to do with the claim of anti-semitism than it has to do with Starmer wanting to play the big man against a Corbynista. I suspect that it’s just grubby politics.

  5. Guy
    June 28, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Ten seconds on any search engine using the phrase ‘US police trained by Israel’ will tell you what’s going on here. ‘Anti-semitic’ is used as a political weapon, even when someone tells the truth, smh.

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