No Labour leadership candidate responded to support Rosen/Loach

Show Racism the Red Card refuses to bow to pressure – but not one of Labour’s leadership hopefuls responded to defend them from attack when asked by SKWAWKBOX for comment

As the SKWAWKBOX reported on Friday, the Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC) anti-racism group has announced that it will not bow to pressure to remove author Michael Rosen and film director Ken Loach as judges in its 2020 annual schools competition.

In calling for their invitations to be rescinded, the Campaign Against Antisemitism pressure group had cited Rosen’s support for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Loach’s criticism of claims of antisemitism in the Labour Party and his defence of Corbyn as its reasons.

None of the three candidates for the Labour leadership has welcomed SRTRC’s decision on their social media feed, nor commented on it.

But this silence is not a new phenomenon. More than a month ago, when the calls for Loach to be removed were first being made, the SKWAWKBOX wrote to all four leadership candidates then still in contention, to ask each whether they would be backing the attempt to remove him.

The call for the de-platforming of Rosen, who is Jewish and a published author on the Holocaust, came later the same day.

None of the candidates or their campaigns responded, either to back Loach or to support the attempt to no-platform him.

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