But plan exposes arrogance of presuming to define what ‘normal’ is and deciding that only those will be allowed to become MPs
Labour insiders have briefed their friends in the so-called ‘centrist’ media that they want to train candidates it considers ‘normal’ to be future MPs.
Of course, since only right-wing, pro-Starmer candidates are being allowed anywhere near selections by the right, sardonic eyebrows will be raised at the thought that any of the drones who survive vetting against personality and principle could be ‘normal’. But far more serious is the underlying idea that Starmer and co have the right – or are remotely qualified – to decide what ‘normal’ is.
So far, signs are that – in the eyes of Keith and co – left-wing Jews are not ‘normal’. Nor are Muslims – and only certain black people might be allowed to make the grade, as long as they’re not too vocal on black rights or enthusiastic about the Black Lives Matter movement (not ‘moment’, take note!).
Arch-right-winger Luke Akehurst told Politics Home that ‘reflect the diversity of the country’ and who ‘have the skill set to be potential government ministers’. But that diversity is a funny thing in the minds of the Labour right – anyone who believes in the human rights of Palestinians will be barred, so again left-wing Jews and many Muslims will be just too ‘diverse’ to be allowed in, as will anyone keen on Labour members exercising their democratic rights without control and interference from ‘centre’.
Don’t forget that when Keir Starmer wanted to put together a ‘diversity panel’ early in his leadership, he chose an all-white set of people to sit on it and sidelined the party’s most senior employee of colour from it, which gives a fair idea what ‘diversity’ looks like to the Labour right. When Labour’s conference overwhelmingly passed a motion to support Palestinians by peaceful sanctions against Israel, Starmer and his cronies immediately dismissed it and cooked up a bizarre excuse for ignoring the party’s sovereign policy-making body.
And Starmer’s acolytes have been involved in mass purges at local government level of both Muslim councillors and their black colleagues in order to replace them with people from the approved pale, compliant and millionaire-friendly mold, while others have shown their real attitudes toward Gyspy-Roma Travellers.
And ‘normal’ is not allowed to mean anyone remotely anti-capitalist, anyone too invested in the rights of working people or the renationalisation of the NHS, or anyone who wants to do more than tinker around the edges while making sure nothing really changes.
Keir Starmer and his machine are not qualified to decide what ‘normal’ is. Because wanting to fix this country’s utterly broken system, or having black or brown skin, or a commitment to human rights and to fighting apartheid no matter the colour or religion of victims or perpetrators, or wanting a genuinely renationalised NHS, renationalised energy companies and every other critical industry in our country to be in public hands – those things are ‘normal’. But they’re in very short supply on the Labour right.
What isn’t normal is being against those things. The diseased minds of the Labour right wouldn’t recognise real ‘normal’ – in all its diversity and all its colours, religions and lifestyles – if it bit them.
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