Damning indictment of state of party under Starmer’s regime as one of its brightest young activists departs in disgust at a leadership just as likely to ‘choose the side of the oppressor’ as that of the oppressed
Sophie Wilson, a former Labour parliamentary candidate in Rother Valley, has resigned from the party in disgust at the conduct of the Starmer regime that has turned Labour into a party she no longer recognises.
Wilson, widely regarded as one of the brightest of Labour’s young activists, published a statement concerning her resignation on Twitter today.
In it, Wilson says that the party under Keir Starmer has become:
spineless political opportunism, as likely to pander to racism [as] it is to challenge it. A party which might just as easily choose the side of the oppressor, [as] the oppressed, if it were more likely to lead it closer to a sniff of power.
I believe being steadfast in your beliefs is the only way we can bring trust and honesty back to politics. By remaining a member of the Labour Party, more and more often I am finding myself forced to choose between what is right, and what is ‘easy’.
Wilson goes on to say how proud she has been to represent her area on Sheffield City Council and to pay tribute to the work of colleagues there, before contrasting that with the weak and cynical tactics of what passes for the national ‘leadership’:
The leadership has instructed MPs to abstain on crucial votes on welfare, the draconian ‘spycops’ bill and more. This country is on the verge of breaking point. National insurance rises, fuel price rises, benefit cuts and stagnant wages are going to create a perfect storm for many in this country, and the scenes in Coventry and the national party’s decision to side with it’s Labour Council instead of striking trade union members, illustrates to me that the Labour Party is as much a part of the problem as it is the answer to it…
They cite racism whilst being simultaneously being completely unwilling to defend their own Muslim MPs from vile abuse and very real threats. This week however, internal party politics took another dark and disappointing turn when Putin’s Russia made the shocking and disturbing decision to invade Ukraine, and the immediate response of our party leadership was to use the crisis as a weapon in a factional internal battle to suspend and expel socialists.
Ms Wilson intends to continue to serve as an independent councillor, but her parting words as a Labour member she has captured the essence of the corrupt sham that the party has become under the current regime and its unfitness to represent the millions of people who need a real Labour government, not a set of Tories with red rosettes who will continue the disastrous ‘business as usual’ of the past twelve years.
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