The Labour Party has lost it: Starmer sacks Long-Bailey for sharing an article from the Independent newspaper

Rebecca Long-Bailey has been sacked from the shadow cabinet by Keir Starmer. Photograph: Sean Smith/The Guardian

Rebecca Long-Bailey as fallen victim to the Witchhunt

If the Labour Party could be bullied or persuaded to denounce its Marxist, the media -having tasted Blood- would demand next that it expelled all its Socialist” -Tony Benn

Sir Keir Starmer sacks Rebecca Long-Bailey for sharing an article from the Independent Newspaper titled Maxine Peake: ‘People who couldn’t vote Labour because of Corbyn? They voted Tory as far as I’m concerned’

His former leadership rival endorsed an interview with TV star Maxine Peake.

Long-Bailey was the shadow education secretary but after she supported an article which claimed police responsible for George Floyd’s death had received training from the “Israeli secret services”. Sir Keir Starmer used the excuse to sacked her. The article was overlong and only a single small sentence suggested that the knee on the neck restraint tactic was taught by Israeli secret services.

Ms Peake claimed US police had been trained to kneel on people’s necks by Israeli authorities. The quote from the article in the Independent suggested:

“Systemic racism is a global issue,” she adds. “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.” (A spokesperson for the Israeli police has denied this, stating that “there is no tactic or protocol that calls to put pressure on the neck or airway”.)

Rebecca Long-Bailey tweeted the very long article that in the main did nothing but garner support for the Labour Party

Long-Bailey tweeted the article along with the comment: “Maxine Peake is an absolute diamond.”

A spokesperson for Keir Starmer said: “This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the shadow cabinet.

“The article Rebecca shared earlier today contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

“As Leader of the Labour Party, Keir has been clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority.

“Anti-Semitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.”

In a follow up tweet before she was sacked, Long-Bailey added: “I retweeted Maxine Peake’s article because of her significant achievements and because the thrust of her argument is to stay in the Labour Party.

Maxine Peake may well have gotten her information from other media outlets that insist the Knee restraint is an Israeli tactic and although the Israelis claim they did not teach the U.S. police this tactic. it is certainly true that on at least one accusation they have been photographed using the tactic. Both the Israeli Palestine News website and the Morning star seem to suggest at least some connection.

With Sir Keir Starmer’s legal training you would think he would have at least looked at all the evidence before sacking Long-Bailey, maybe at least pretending to examine the circumstances and the mitigation behind the tweet.

Even Amnesty International was compelled to report that hundreds of police from Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, Arizona, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington state, and Washington, D.C., had been flown to Israel for training.

Minn cops trained by Israeli police, who often use knee-on-neck restraint

Starmer is expected to appoint a new shadow education secretary in the days ahead.

If the Labour Party could be bullied or persuaded to denounce its Marxist, the media -having tasted Blood- would demand next that it expelled all its Socialist

Tony Benn

Tony Benn stated:

If the Labour Party could be bullied or persuaded to denounce its Marxist, the media -having tasted Blood- would demand next that it expelled all its Socialist and reunited the remaining Labour Party with the SDP to form a harmless alternative to the Conservatives, which could then be allowed to take office now and then when the Conservatives fell out of favour with the public.

Thus British Capitalism, it is argued, will be made safe forever, and socialism would be squeezed of the National agenda. 

But if such a strategy were to succeed… it would in fact profoundly endanger British society. For it would open up the danger of a swing to the far-right, as we have seen in Europe over the last 50 years.” -Tony Benn

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