Plunging the party into a fresh row over anti-Semitism, Jewish Voice for Labour’s Jonathan Rosenhead told a packed room of supporters that reports of anti-Jew hate in Labour, and its definition had been “distorted”.
And he claimed that there was less of a problem with anti Semitism in Labour than the rest of the country.
He said that Labour’s ruling body was “rolled over” in the face of a “political assault of lies and half truths” to accept the IHRA’s definition of Jew hate. And Labour’s NEC would “live to regret” adopting it.
The concerted effort to bounce the Labour Party into supporting a second referendum must be defeated; it is an affront to the millions who voted to Leave the EU and even greater number who want the Government and Parliament to get on with it. A second referendum by any name is a device to renege on the 2016 referendum result.
It would be the height of hypocrisy to claim to respect the Brexit vote yet make plans to reverse it. Having a second referendum if the first goes ‘the wrong way’ is the practice of the EU and one of the reasons why many people wanted out of that undemocratic institution.
Mr Varoufakis BBC Radio 4’s Broadcasting House that the “only solution” for Prime Minister Theresa May’s “abysmal” negotiating position would be a general election in Britain, which could result in the EU forcing the country into a Norway-style Brexit deal.
He added: “Mrs May is then allowed to go away in peace and to have a new government that negotiates a Norway-style agreement for Britain for a five-year period at least so that Mrs Merkel and Mr Macron can say ‘ok, well this is a problem for our successors’.”
Research showed that any attempt by Jeremy Corbyn’s MPs at Westminster to frustrate the departure from the EU would lead to Labour candidates facing defeat in 19 of its 25 most marginal constituencies held by the party.
The survey, carried out by the polling firm IQR for the Brexit-supporting pressure group Global Britain comes on the eve of the start of the Labour conference in Liverpool, where delegates are expected to vote on calls for the party to back a second EU referendum.
He said that the conference was the first event for the Brexit Advance Coalition of 10 organisations which have come together to fight back against the Chequers plan.
The great European mystery is why the political Left so reflexively supports the EU, the euro, and the “neoliberal” erosion of worker interests by Brussels.
One can see why the corporatist Right might find this regime congenial. It is marvellous for the owners of capital. It allows companies to hold down wages through cross-border labour arbitrage. Old Labour used to called the EU a “bankers ramp” and that is exactly what it has become.