The Murdoch Sunday Times has joined the attack on the Labour Party today, over allegations of anti-Semitism. There is even a video in circulation, which featured during an interview with Emily Thornberry on The Andy Marr Show™. This features an ostensibly plausible man called Tim Dexter, although what the ST has not told is that his concerns about racism and other forms of discrimination may not be wholly consistent..
The ST is behind a paywall, but the Jewish Chronicle has lifted the story (see how that works, Rupe?) and has told readers “A Labour whistleblower who left the party just three months ago has said an ally of Jeremy Corbyn seized control of ‘all’ complaints over antisemitism. [Dexter] … a former complaints officer at Labour HQ, told the Sunday Times Thomas Gardiner was given personal sign off of all complaints involving [anti-Semitism]”.
There was more. “The senior Corbyn ally also said it was ‘ridiculous’ for the party to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism, Mr Dexter said … In further damning revelations, Mr Dexter told the said Karie Murphy, Labour's chief of staff, spied on employees demanding details of their computer searches”.
However, and here was encounter a significantly sized however, correspondence which has been passed to Zelo Street on condition of anonymity suggests that Dexter’s attention to detail may have been, shall we say, variable in the past. Here are extracts from a Labour member’s complaints on the grounds of discrimination.
“Further to my letter hand-delivered to you by me personally on [Redacted] 2018 upon your visit to [Redacted], I was pleased to have received a response in the post and to see the commencement of an internal investigation by Mr Tim Dexter. However, over a month later, I am very disappointed at the lack of visible progress of the investigation and I'm deeply concerned my serious grievance isn't being treated with the urgency it warrants”.
There was more. “To my knowledge, none of the witnesses and victims of [MP’s name redacted] racism and bullying whose details I gave to Mr Dexter have been contacted and when I raised with Tim Dexter the fraudulent adoption of delegates from the [Redacted] Labour Club to [Redacted] CLP, I was disappointed at the action he chose to pursue”.
The member signed off with this plea to the senior party official to whom the letter was addressed: “Whilst I appreciate the volume of issues you are presiding over, I renew my plea to you personally [Redacted] for your help and kindly request your immediate intervention to investigate the terrible treatment I have endured and to please appreciate how the lack of response I have been given thus far has made me ever more concerned, upset and uncertain as to when I will be able to return to local activism in my CLP as I feel unsafe to do so at present”. Dexter seemed less keen on this occasion.
It is not an isolated case. Later last year, that Labour member emailed Dexter “Dear Tim … I made it absolutely beyond doubt in my previous email to you, I have no confidence in you personally investigating my complaints as you have frequently shown your inability to recognise disability discrimination, its severity and the impact it has had on me personally and my request for my complaint to be escalated to your departmental head has been ignored by you”. Another instance where Dexter seemed less keen to act.
There was more. “I feel the steps you have taken to apparently try to address my complaints have been deficient at best and counterproductive at worst … This is accurately demonstrated by you contacting [Redacted] my CLP Secretary concerning accessibility … Subsequent to your actions, [Redacted] publicly humiliated me in front of delegates at a meeting of the [Redacted] General Committee after he had intentionally sent me a letter in the post regarding accessibility he knew very well I would not be able to read and then berated me publicly for not replying”.
And this from his letter to that senior Labour official is deeply disturbing: “I was given hope when you pledged to stand by victims of racism and after witnessing the swift action you took rightly against perpetrators of Anti-Semitism in the party, I felt confident, if I were to speak out over the terrible bullying, harassment and utter degradation I had received at the hands of my local MP [Redacted], action would be taken”. It wasn’t.
The identities of all those redacted names are known to me. What is also known is that there are several more instances of members being less than happy at the response they received from Dexter. What he has said to the Murdoch press may be true, but then, there are a lot of quote marks having to be employed in relaying his account.
That it has taken less than 24 hours from the ST going to press for this information to come to light - with the clear suggestion that there is more to come - suggests that, for Tim Dexter, some forms of discrimination are less equal than others.
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More on Tim Dexter and his 'handling' of Labour Party complaints here.
I have no idea if he was associated with the LAAS; however please note he is certainly a supporter / associate of the Jewish Labour Movement, along with a number of other so called 'whistleblowers' who appeared unnamed in the BBC Panorama programme, well known to many. Remember 'The Lobby' from Al Jazeera?
Here is @AsaWinstanley on the Jewish Labour Movement. No, not is all it seems. You don't have to be a Jew or Labour to be a supporter and it is pro-Israel anti-Corbyn.
More on that BBC Panorama and some of the JLM here:
Call me suspicious, but this couldn't be a co-ordinated hatchet job could it? Perish the thought!
Nothing is more likely to increase Labour Party membership than propaganda attacks by Murdoch and Rothermere neofascist goons.
Nobody with a functioning free-thinking mind believes a word those corrupt and cowardly scumbags vomit up. The same goes for quisling Blairites.
Their smears will get worse. The organisation and timing of it is now so obvious it is laughable. Which means the perpetrators are digging their own political graves.
The times have changed, but the perpetrators are so stupid they don't realise how fanatical and hysterical they look.
Not directly relevant, but indicative of something ...
Yesterday, at the Durham Miners Gala, we saw the figure of Chris Williamson, sometime-Labour MP for Derby North. Since in, out, shake it all about — but (thanks to more reasoned voices) currently suspended until the NEC 'process' him. Don't hang about.
Anyhoo, there was Williamson doing the "Johnny No-Mates' thing — seeking two engage with two or three wherever they gathered together. I even saw one Labourite duck a head below the County Hotel table to avoid any possible contact or photo-evidence.
But what was this placard Williamson was toting? A plea for the re-santification of Jackie Walker, no less.
As far as I could see, the Jewish Vote for Labour was very substantially in evidence on the field, while the Jewish Labour Movement was singularly absent. So were any Jewish MPs whom I might recognise.
Would even the resurrected Manny Shinwell be welcome at 'The Big Meetin' these days?
And at the Durham Miners Gala nary a sign of Bomber Benn, Watson or other members of the Blair-Brown red tories, warmongers and nukes addicts.
Now that's what I call good news. Especially if they're going to fuck off out of the Labour Party altogether - though, if so, they're probably waiting for an opportunity to do maximum damage. Political cowards are like that.
I don't see how this affects his testimony though
JVL are at least a proper Jewish members group unlike JLM.
And Jackie Walker was appallingly treated, so has Chris Williamson...dont take my word for it though, the most respected and eminant Jewish Scholar on the planet Noam Chomsky informed us last week that he has looked at the evidence and in his opinion both Williamson and Labour are in no way antisemitic. In fact he went further and stated those groups like the JLM and the CST and the BoD are disrespecting and insulting the memories of holocaust victims by deliberately trying to conflate criticism of Israel with antisemitism... And he's not a lone voice in the Jewish community either.
So what's your opinion on that?
I prefer the PFJ
My opinion is:
1) I'd be interested in the quantitative and qualitative factors that lead to your classification of "proper" (in "proper Jewish members group").
Clearly, you can't be assessing this on the basis of numbers, or percentage of members who are jewish, or which one has a long-standing historical relationship with both jews and the Labour Party.
So, i'm guessing that what qualifies as "proper" for you is "supports Corbyn and denies leftwing antisemitism".
2) That'd be Noam Chomsky who denied the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge, who denied the massacres by the Croatians and Bosnian Serbs ... etc.?
His eminence as a scholar is in his theory of language - on modern politics he's somewhat discredited (see above)
"Darling of hard-left denies hard-left antisemitism, and claims mainstream jewish organisations (representing vast majority of UK jews) are insulting Holocaust victims by identifying antisemitism":
I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you...
4) "He's not a lone voice in the Jewish community either"
Over 90% of British Jews are concerned about Labour's antisemitism.
And of the remainder - even those who would say that people are conflating criticism of Israel with anti-semitism - very few would say that the CST, BoD and JLM are insulting memories of Holocaust's victims.
So, yes, he's one of a very few voices in the "jewish community" who would say something so utterly moronic.
P.s. CST and BoD are jewish ***communal*** institutions. JLM is a section of the jewish community.
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