Registered On: September 7, 2015
I have no idea as to who I’d vote for. Before yesterday I was warming back to Labour, but the actions of the NEC have put a spanner in the works. It depends on how Starmer reacts and if he truly makes it a safe space for Jews and whether he ensures there will be consequences for offenders. I am back into the uncertain stage. I can’t stomach voting for a party which goes out of its way to excuse racism, no matter its other commitments. I’d feel like an enabler of it.
He should have fallen on his sword, but he was never going to, as that would ruin his reputation as the most honest, kind and anti-racist campaigner in Labour. He’s stubborn and unable to adjust his worldview or consider that those who criticise him may not be doing so purely out of spite for him or his ideology. His idea of good for the party is for everyone to do what he wants.
And it’s the reaction of the right as to why this is so damning too. The left will say we need to unify now, but Gove and co are already out the block to say how this shows how Starmer is on Corbyn’s side and is continuing Corbyn’s legacy here. It was hard to make this argument before, but it is far easier now. He can’t make a convincing defence when Corbyn can be so easily readmitted at break neck speed. It may be out of his control, but to the public it will appear as a mess and Starmer will be seen as weak and unable to stop this. Not good.