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Letter to Editor: “Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party for exercising that freedom.

Politics / Fri 6th Nov 2020 at 11:28am

Dear Editor

I AGREE with Stan Newens that Jeremy Corbyn should be re-instated as a member of the Labour Party (FormerHarlow MP defends Jeremy Corbyn, November 3)

George Orwell wrote in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four that “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” It seems to be the case that Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party for exercising that freedom.

Corbyn has apparently been punished for uttering the truth that his opponents exaggerated the extent of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. He has, it seems, been accused of minimising the extent of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

You do not have to be an analytic philosopher or a lawyer to understand that accusing your opponents of exaggerating the extent of a phenomenon is not the same as minimising the extent of that phenomenon. It is unlikely that the man who was knighted for his role as Director of Public Prosecutions does not appreciate the difference, yet Sir Keir Starmer insists that Corbyn must apologise for his comments.

Were Corbyn to “apologise” then he would be agreeing that we must adjust our perception of reality to conform to Starmer’s preferred perception of reality. Were Corbyn to “apologise”, then he would be calling himself a liar for telling the truth.

Neither the General Secretary of the Labour Party nor anyone else appears to be able to tell its members which rule it is that Corbyn is accused of breaking, and how he broke it. The membership of the Labour Party countrywide is being denied basic information about the whys and wherefores of one of the most significant events in the history of the Labour movement in Britain.

The branch of the union Unite that represents Labour Party staff has raised concerns that due process appears to have broken down with the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. It says that staff have been left “feeling very uncertain about the integrity of our processes” by the suspension, that was “apparently not done using the formal GLU [Governance and Legal Unit] system and structures”.

If members of the Labour Party care about the truth, if we believe in defending the truth, if we believe in the right to express the truth, then we must do everything we can to overturn the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn. To do nothing is to acquiesce in a dictatorial attempt to silence debate within our party, to be complicit in an attempt at mind control.

Yours sincerely

John Wake

Member, Harlow Constituency Labour Party

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Comments

Kthe5

“Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party for exercising that freedom.”

No, he was suspended for the comments he made in relation to the EHRC report which found that Labour, under JC leadership, had broken the law.

Instead of apologising and acknowledging mistakes made, JC decided to minimize and in part blame the media.

If JC truely wants to be reinstated he should apologise and retract his remarks, which he was given the opportinuty to do so. He decided not to do so, so he was suspended. It seems that his suspension is mostly under the control of himself.

I’m sure I am not the only one to take note that neither the previous article from Stan Newens nor the one above from John Wake contains no apology for breaking the law. No acknowledgment that certain MPs were hounded out of the Labour party, no acknowledgment of the distress that has been caused to Labour party members.

If JC, Stan Newens or John Wake truely want to unite the Labour party, and present the Labour party as electable to the general public, they should stop the petty infighting, own up to the mistakes of the past and vow to move in a more positive way. 

Ignoring the EHRC report and making the issue about JC is damaging the credibility of the Labour party. Presenting JC as a ‘martyr’ to his own incompetence will only further reduce the chances of a Labour victory at the next general election. 

Apologising and acknowledging failure in leadership would be the honourable thing to do and nothing to do with ‘perception of reality’.

I believe JC is an otherwise honerable man. I hope he does the right thing and own up to his mistakes of leadership and recognise the accuracy and importance of the EHRC report.
(kthe5 – not a member of any party, Labour or otherwise)

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1 Comment for Letter to Editor: “Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party for exercising that freedom.:

kthe5
2020-11-06 19:09:23

"Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended from the Labour Party for exercising that freedom." No, he was suspended for the comments he made in relation to the EHRC report which found that Labour, under JC leadership, had broken the law. Instead of apologising and acknowledging mistakes made, JC decided to minimize and in part blame the media. If JC truely wants to be reinstated he should apologise and retract his remarks, which he was given the opportinuty to do so. He decided not to do so, so he was suspended. It seems that his suspension is mostly under the control of himself. I'm sure I am not the only one to take note that neither the previous article from Stan Newens nor the one above from John Wake contains no apology for breaking the law. No acknowledgment that certain MPs were hounded out of the Labour party, no acknowledgment of the distress that has been caused to Labour party members. If JC, Stan Newens or John Wake truely want to unite the Labour party, and present the Labour party as electable to the general public, they should stop the petty infighting, own up to the mistakes of the past and vow to move in a more positive way. Ignoring the EHRC report and making the issue about JC is damaging the credibility of the Labour party. Presenting JC as a 'martyr' to his own incompetence will only further reduce the chances of a Labour victory at the next general election. Apologising and acknowledging failure in leadership would be the honourable thing to do and nothing to do with 'perception of reality'. I believe JC is an otherwise honerable man. I hope he does the right thing and own up to his mistakes of leadership and recognise the accuracy and importance of the EHRC report. (kthe5 - not a member of any party, Labour or otherwise)

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