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Jim Carroll BS: UK thread, Politics and political (1525* d) RE: BS: UK thread, Politics and political 20 Jul 20

"i have already said i thought it was wrong to sack (or whatever) rebecca long-bailey. "
If you are supporting the man who sacked her your opposing her sacking is little more than lip-service
The implications of her being sacked for sayiny what she said reach far beyond the individuals concerned - it is a classic example of someone being disciplined "as a warning to others" and it an action to appease the extreme right within the party
In doing this Starmer has gone with the flow and said that criticising Israel is "antisemitic", whic is, by definition, and antisemitic suggestion
Labour is now part of that
Can I make my own position clear - I am philosophically of the left - Scocailism is a dream for the future and it's certainly not going to happen in my lifetime
I believe in following the path that Labour was first set up for - to better the general lot of working people in Britain - is achievable in the short term
I was a trades unionist and fould for better conditions at work - sometimes we won
I went on Peace marches, anti-Aparhied and anti racist demonstrations, I supported the Miners... none of this was calling for revolution - it was all to do with what was happening at the rime
That was all short term and essential stuff, I believed
Nothing has changed in that except there are more nearer to home things to fight for
None of this has anything to do with the long-term hopes that right-wingers like PFR pour such contempt on - they are bread and butter issues
THis pandemic is having an odd effect on society - a few months ago the killing of a black man took on world-wide proportions and escalated into demands that our nations face up to their histories - slavery, racism, the exploitation of weaker peoples
That spirit of rebellion is set fair to accelerate as the situation created by Covid begins to bite
Ordinary people are going to be asked to bear the brunt of this mess and that is going to come from Westminster - if you believe Starmer is going to offer any opposition to it you are biger dreamers than you accuse me of being
Anybody who compromises with a State as extreme as Israal (as Starmer has) is going to have no trouble with compromising with the Tories
Watch this space

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