There was more. “Expelling Jeremy Corbyn from Labour could spare the party legal action over a leaked anti-Semitism report that would bankrupt it [speculation] … Some ex-party staff now poised to take part in multi-million pound lawsuits against Labour say they will drop their claims if the former leader is thrown out of the party”. Really? Do go on.
“The Mail on Sunday revealed in April that Labour could face a legal bill of between £3million and £8million over the leak of an internal party report into the handling of antisemitism complaints during Mr Corbyn's leadership … More than 30 individuals whose identities were exposed by the leak or who faced 'unfounded' allegations in the report were considering legal action against the party”. Quote marks doing some heavy lifting there.
The eagle-eyed may have noticed the false premise here: the idea that to have zero tolerance of anti-Semitism means that Jezza and anyone allied to him must be removed from the party, that anti-Semitism is solely down to him and his allies. And it has to be said that this premise is one big steaming pile of horseshit.
Worse, the only way the party could justify such an action is to demonstrate that Corbyn was solely responsible, or heavily implicated, in the leak of the now infamous internal report. That would be a tough ask, given that Keir Starmer became Labour leader on April 4 last, and the report was leaked around a week after that time.
But this does show that settling the legal action brought by the so-called Panorama whistleblowers has not succeeded in putting the critics to sleep. Instead, it has turned them into a vengeful, vindictive, baying mob, with a flair for creative journalism.
The new Labour leadership appears to be in check. Hopefully it is not check mate.
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