Feeble bandwagon-jumping condemned
Keir Starmer has been shredded for his hypocrisy in paying tribute to human rights giant Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who has died today.
Starmer wrote this morning:
Desmond Tutu was a tower of a man, and a leader of moral activism. He dedicated his life to tackling injustice and standing up for the oppressed. His impact on the world crosses borders and echoes through generations. May he rest in peace.
But if Tutu had been a Labour member, Starmer would probably have expelled him, at least if he had the spine to do it, for comments in support of Palestinians and of boycotts and sanctions against Israel for its treatment of them, such as this:
In South Africa, we could not have achieved our democracy without the help of people around the world…through the use of…boycotts and divestment. My conscience compels me to stand with the Palestinians as they seek to use the same tactics of non-violence.
When Labour’s conference voted overwhelmingly in September for such sanctions against Israel, Starmer and his then-Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy dismissed the motion as unacceptable and simply ignored it.
Hundreds responded to Starmer’s political opportunism and hypocrisy to point out this and more. Jackie Walker, one of the victims of Starmer’s purge of those showing solidarity with Palestinians, took aim at the beige knight’s ‘shameless appropriation’:
Others pointed out that Starmer’s generic ‘injustice’ avoided the correct word for the fight Tutu was primarily known for – the fight against apartheid, a word that Starmer and his ilk balk at using about Israel, even though it is clearly appropriate:
Still others pointed out Tutu’s repeated calls for sanctions against Israel, which Starmer simply dismisses:
Some pointed out that Starmer and his cronies are busy expelling even Jewish members who dare to criticise Israel or call for sanctions against the apartheid perpetrated on Palestinians:
And others were pithier still:
The Labour right, of course, tried to condemn those pointing out Starmer’s hypocrisy – but they had no ‘leg to stand on’:
Starmer’s newest fiasco is just the latest in a long list of embarrassing statements that have led to him being shredded by people for what he said or didn’t say: his fawning tribute to Johnson over a new baby, his feeble call for Matt Hancock to step down as Health Secretary when Hancock had already gone, his spinelessness in opposition, his interminable and Cameron-esque ‘essay’, his obsequious support for the hard-right Israeli ambassador after she ‘fled’ a threat that didn’t happen and his complete silence on Labour MP Zara Sultana after she was the target of disgusting racism or for former Labour MP Claudia Webbe after a man was arrested for planning to murder her as Labour cut her loose and dripped comments to the press against her.
And while Tutu stood resolutely for human rights regardless of personal cost or danger, Starmer has waged war on the rights and democracy of Labour party members, stayed silent on injustice, pandered to racists and has allowed Jewish people to be hounded out of Labour in the name of supposedly fighting antisemitism.
The world has lost a great man today, one who stood genuinely and courageously against all forms of discrimination and oppression. The man currently masquerading as Labour leader is not fit to speak his name, let alone try to associate himself with Desmond Tutu while avoiding mention of what Tutu stood for and against – for freedom, for Palestinians and against apartheid.
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