Labour leader needs to match words with actions
Last Thursday, Keir Starmer pleaded with black Labour members not to leave the party as an exodus followed his failure to suspend former staff implicated in accusations of racism in a leaked Labour report. Starmer’s appeal came on the same day as he twice described the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement as a mere ‘moment‘:
Just four days later, Starmer appeared on LBC with right-wing radio host Nick Ferrari – less than a month after Ferrari provoked calls for his sacking by asking black writer Afua Hirsch why she stays in the UK if she is offended by the country’s racist history.
It was a cosy, even jovial interview between Starmer and the man who stunned a black colleague by questioning why she remains in this country:
When Starmer made his appeal to black Labour members, the SKWAWKBOX commented that he needed to act, not to appeal. It seems the penny has still not dropped.
Black members and black voters are deserting Labour because they do not feel Keir Starmer is on their side, properly recognises the racism they face or properly values their struggle against it. He asked them to stay – but his actual reaction was to appear laughing and joking with Nick Ferrari not even a month after the scandal of his comments to Afua Hirsch.
Things cannot continue as they are.
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