Party’s excruciating and embarrassing anthem-singing gets hammered – and an image from the farce shows overwhelmingly white faces
Keir Starmer’s Labour has been entirely understandably derided for its morally and musically painful singing of the national anthem at the start of its annual conference this morning – to a curiously Tory-blue image of the late queen – but the sheep-like baas and bleats are only a small part of the problem.
The Labour right’s tame journalist-stenographers may have observed that there was no heckling among conference delegates – hardly surprising when the Starmer-Evans regime has been so busy purging any dissent – but there was also precious little sign of any non-white faces among those gathered in the very sparsely-populated Liverpool conference hall:
From what can be seen on the video, there was little sign of colour among the faces on the platform either – and it was not just the framing of a single shot, as the camera pans around the halls it’s still very hard to spot any variation:
Never mind the national anthem, Starmer’s doing all-white and not for the first time.
Shortly after conning Labour members into voting him in as party leader, Starmer convened a ‘diversity review’ panel – one made up entirely of white people and with the party’s most senior staff member of colour notably excluded – and spent a reported six-figure sum pursuing the leakers of a Labour report that exposed widespread and deep-rooted racism among right-wing Labour staff.
When selecting council candidates in the very diverse Sandwell borough, Starmer’s NEC allies voted to exclude elected black and Asian representatives from the process in favour of an all-white panel.
And of course, since the Forde Report that Starmer was forced to commission finally came out after a delay of over two years, Starmer and his cronies denigrated the report’s findings of abhorrent bigotry, misogyny, mental health abuse and a ‘hierarchy of racism‘, with a heavy dose of rigging and misappropriation of funds, and proceeded to ignore the black QC’s recommendations and act as if the report had never happened.
Of course, the make-up of the conference floor hides a number of well-meaning souls trying desperately to get the will and voice of members heard at Starmer’s Potemkin event, but the lack of diversity of opinion as well as skin-colour speaks to the fundamental disease of a party hollowed out of anything but vacuous forelock-tugging and utter contempt for democracy.
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