Inexcusable racism by ‘senior Labour official’ blaming collapse of support in Muslim communities on Starmer’s supposed efforts against antisemitism
The racism and Islamophobia at the heart of right-wing Labour has broken cover in an attempt to claim the party’s impending defeat – even Labour doesn’t seem to think it has a chance – in the Batley and Spen by-election – will happen because… Muslims like antisemitism.
‘That’s the main factor’
A ‘senior Labour official’ told the Mail that there is a ‘single, toxic reason’ that the party expects to lose the by-election, in a constituency with a 20% Muslim population, because of a ‘backlash’ against ‘what Keir has been doing on antisemitism’:
Muslim Council of Britain spokesman Miqdaad Versi described the comment as an ‘astonishing’ ‘false racist stereotype’ and showed that the party can’t be bothered to actually listen to Muslim voters:
This is astonishing. Any senior Labour official who tells media that Muslims are not voting Labour because Muslims support antisemitism, should be sacked. No ifs no buts.
Not *only* because they are propagating false racist stereotypes (although that is sufficient), but also because it shows they can’t be bothered to actually listen to what Muslims in the area are saying. Those who have tried to understand, have identified many local issues as well as Labour positions on Palestine, Kashmir & Islamophobia – and being seen to take Muslim voters for granted. If advisors to the Labour leader, don’t get this, they shouldn’t be talking about it…
Mr Versi is almost entirely correct, but only almost. The right-wing Labour view is appalling and outrageous – but there is nothing even remotely ‘astonishing’ about it, except perhaps the fact that they said it out loud to a reporter.
Labour’s contempt for Muslim voters and the Islamophobia deeply ingrained in the party’s right have long been obvious – and were condemned last year by a Labour Muslim Network (LMN) report.
Long before that, the party reacted to a recording of vile Islamophobic abuse against a left-wing Muslim member – by protecting the perpetrator and suspending the victim. For more than three years, with the process of expelling him ongoing.
And just after the publication of the LMN report, the party suspended a member of its National Executive Committee (NEC) of Moroccan Muslim heritage – for a statement of solidarity with Palestinians.
Acting general secretary David Evans claimed the party would implement the report’s recommendations in full – but as Skwawkbox predicted, that has been exposed as nothing but lip service. Not only has the party done nothing to root out rampant Islamophobia among its right, but that vile racism has become even more embedded at its highest levels – and is now a naked part of the party’s attempts to shift blame for its electoral and moral catastrophe under Keir Starmer.
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