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We also recommend this Zerohedge piece titled UK Labour Party Suffers Biggest Split In 38 Years Over Corbyn Anti-Semitism, Brexit Bungle. From a Guardian piece, cited by Zerohedge, we get this remark from one of the quitters, Chuka Umunna, who is trying to draw Conservatives into the new party:
As The Guardian reports, Umunna, the former shadow cabinet minister, said the established parties “cannot be the change because they have become the problem”, and put party interests above the national interest.
He said it was “time we dumped this country’s old-fashioned politics” and created an alternative.
At ER we’ve published on the so-called claims about anti-semitism in the Labour party, which many believe is the Israel lobby’s way of getting rid of pro-Palestinian Corbyn. The powerful yet shadowy Fabians, who control the Labour party and are pro-Israel, aren’t happy with Corbyn either. On Corbyn’s alleged problem with anti-semitism see Philip Giradi’s piece titled The Crucifixion of Jeremy Corbyn, Fake Labour accounts fueling “anti-Semitism crisis” by Asa Winstanley, and Israel Is The Real Problem by Media Lens.
One wonders, however, if new party co-founder Chuka Umunna (alleged Fabian, who speaks at a lot of their events) isn’t, from his own comments, trying to form a new party that resembles the NATO/Bilderberg- and Rothschild-backed Emmanuel Macron’s En Marche party (see here and here). En Marche presents itself as the centrist party representing both left and right in France, implying there is no other option. Are Brexit and anti-semitism, and criticisms of Corbyn’s foreign policy, and … and … just excuses to get the two-party system to collapse into one, controlled more easily by the financier class, and form a bigger pushback against Europe’s growing populist, anti-EU trend?
Mention is being made of the Gang of Four’s split with the Labour party in 1981 (see this piece from pro-EU, anti-union Polly Toynbee), when Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams, David Owen and Bill Rodgers (pictured) – all internationalist Fabians – broke with Labour under Michael Foot when it sought to exit the globalist institutions of the EU and NATO. Now we’re seeing a real possibility of the UK leaving the EU on March 29. Is this the last anti-Brexit establishment reaction before the deadline? Or is it more simply a way to collapse the two-party system as a way of moving forward once Brexit has become a reality?
Labour MPs announce their resignations from the party
The seven Labour MPs quitting the party to become ‘The Independent Group’ are Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Gavin Shuker and Ann Coffey.
Announcing their resignations in Westminster, Luciana Berger, the MP for Liverpool Wavertree took to the stage first, to claim that she could not stay in the party any more because it had become “institutionally anti-Semitic.”
Chris Leslie, MP for Nottingham East, insisted that it had not been an easy decision to make but that he believed that the Labour Party had been hijacked by the “machine politics of the hard left.”
Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, revealed that it had been a very painful decision to resign her membership but suggested the current Labour party were guilty of patronizing the electorate.
Gavin Shuker, MP for Luton South, in perhaps a dig at Corbyn’s foreign policy, says the new independent group “does not think every problem in the world has been created by the west.”
Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport, says the Labour party is no longer a broad church. “The current leadership has been very successful at changing the party beyond recognition,” she says. “Loyalty cannot be an end in itself.”
Mike Gapes, MP for Ilford South, says he is sickened by anti-Semitism in the party and angry that the Labour leadership is facilitating Brexit. He also highlighted Corbyn’s position on a number of foreign countries.
“Jeremy Corbyn and those around him are on the wrong side in so many international issues, from Russia, to Syria to Venezuela,” Gapes claimed.
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has reacted to the news by saying he is saddened by the decision of MPs to leave the party.
In a statement Corbyn said: “I am disappointed that these MPs have felt unable to continue to work together for the Labour policies that inspired millions at the last election and saw us increase our vote by the largest share since 1945.”
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Chuka isn’t the person I have in mind to create a new party. Add to that he wants Tories to join him shows the unitary party system needs to go. A people’s party is required to reform politics in the UK from the ground up.