Sunday 22 November 2020

Let The Black Wall Fall

Keir Starmer is a former Director of Public Prosecutions. Any party led by him is therefore unworthy of the support of BAME people and of anti-racists. Even worse, though, he has effectively ended the Forde Inquiry into racism among the Labour Party’s past and present staff, one of whom has been racially abusing me since 2003, and is now doing so in league with the Crown Prosecution Service that Starmer used to head and clearly still controls. 

Starmer has presided over the victimisation of black women MPs. He has dismissed Black Lives Matter as a “moment”. He has identified with those who have taken selfies alongside the bodies of black murder victims. He has promoted Jess Phillips. He has rejected self-determination for Kashmir. He has indicated his view of self-determination for the Chagos Islands by revelling in his role in the torture of Julian Assange. Starmer refused to bring charges in relation to the deaths of Jean Charles de Menezes and Ian Tomlinson. He failed to oppose the early lifting of the first lockdown despite the far higher risk of Covid-19 to people of colour. 

As a denial of BAME, migrant and refugee experience, the IHRA Definition is redolent of the Windrush scandal and of the fire at Grenfell Tower, neither of which Starmer can bring himself to mention. That Definition has caused the Labour Party to expel Jackie Walker, Marc Wadsworth and Tony Greenstein, all of whom were members in good standing even under Tony Blair.

One’s attitude towards the Palestinian struggle is the test of one’s attitude towards the specific phenomenon of white violence against people of colour throughout the world, including in Britain. Labour has failed that test since 4th September 2018. It would now be expulsionable from the Labour Party to criticise an Israeli nuclear attack on Britain. The Labour Party submits to the anti-black, anti-disabled and anti-Palestinian Equality and Human Rights Commission. The Labour Party is unworthy of support. Let the Black Wall fall. 

And where is the Black Wall? There is certainly no all-white town anywhere in the United Kingdom, and there is probably no all-white village anywhere in Great Britain, at least. The most striking thing about next year’s census returns will be that no one will be remotely surprised at them. I am an Independent candidate for the parliamentary seat of North West Durham at the next General Election. Where, I say again, let the Black Wall fall.

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