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Home arrow Anti-Semitism arrow Jeremy Corbyn’s Suspension From the Labour Party Is Part of a Wider Assault on Democracy and Dissent
Jeremy Corbyn’s Suspension From the Labour Party Is Part of a Wider Assault on Democracy and Dissent PDF Print E-mail
Oct 31, 2020 at 12:00 AM

Keir Starmer’s disgraceful move to suspend Jeremy Corbyn as a member of the Labour Party doesn’t come out of a vacuum. It’s part of a much wider push to stifle political dissent in Britain by coercive means, in which Starmer is now complicit.

As Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn inspired millions because he represented the promise of deep freedom and democracy, for people in Britain and around the world. “We stand with Jeremy Corbyn — just as he has always stood with us,” wrote a collective of BAME organizations, activists, and revolutionaries two days before the 2019 general election. And so defeat at the ballot box wasn’t enough — Corbynism had to be buried.

In his place, Keir Starmer, surrounded by cadres of Peter Mandelson and Tony Blair, hopes to show that he is a trusty custodian of Britain’s decaying imperial state apparatus. What better way — having already waved the legalization of torture and state murder through parliament — than to humiliate the man who threatened to topple this fragile order of domination and misery?

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