Shadow Home Secretary sides with Tory horror occupying Home Office and condemns comparisons with 1930s race-hate – but this is not a blunder or an anomaly, rather an exposure of what the Labour right is
Examples of Labour’s moral and political bankruptcy are coming thick and fast. Yesterday, Keir Starmer amplified the Tories’ racist narrative that they are using to excuse their illegal ‘stop the boats’ legislation. Today on LBC, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper was asked whether she supported comments by Gary Lineker – hardly a left-winger – that the fanning by her opposite number and other Tories of hatred toward vulnerable asylum-seekers is comparable with the fascist hate-speech of the 1930s.
Shamefully, Cooper not only disagreed with the comparison – on the stunningly rational and thought-out grounds that ‘I just don’t think you should make comparisons with the 1930s’ – she also chickened out of saying that Lineker shouldn’t be sacked by the BBC for his comment.:
Earlier in the day, Cooper had gone even further to shore up and validate the Tory hate-speech, spurning an opportunity to reframe the discussion to make it about people fleeing terrible situations or to point out the real problems of this country from which the Tories are trying to divert attention, as writer Pete Sinclair pointed out:
But Cooper did not merely make a political blunder, as Sinclair proposed. She voiced the authentic thinking of the Labour right, which is as hateful, imperialist and anti-foreigner – particularly brown, Muslim foreigners – as the Tories. After all, during Cooper’s last stint as Shadow Home Secretary, Labour was producing its foul ‘controls on immigration’ mugs – and Keir Starmer is shamelessly protecting racists and promoting a police state, while condemning the Tories for not being efficient enough in implementing their hateful policies and claiming Labour would do it more effectively.
That worldview and moral bankruptcy is a fundamental part of the Toryism of the Labour right, not just of the Tories wearing a blue rosette. Starmer, Cooper and their cadre of racist-enablers are taking the UK down a road that bears all too close a resemblance to, well – to the fascism of the 1930s.
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