Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party.

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Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party.

Post by bindeweede » Mon May 21, 2018 5:58 pm

“After much consideration, I have decided to resign from the Labour Party.

The ongoing issues around my suspension from the Labour Party have become a distraction from the key political issue of our time – which is to replace a Tory government overseeing falling living standards and spiralling poverty, while starving our schools and the NHS of the vital resources they need.
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Re: Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party.

Post by Croydon13013 » Fri May 25, 2018 3:33 pm

Does anyone on this forum think he is anti-Semitic?
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Re: Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party.

Post by bindeweede » Fri May 25, 2018 6:04 pm

Croydon13013 wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 3:33 pm
Does anyone on this forum think he is anti-Semitic?
I can only speak for myself, but I very much doubt it. But to be honest, I have not been following the internal activities within the Labour Party. I posted the item as I was very surprised that a senior, high profile member, with considerable experience within the GLC and as London Mayor, felt he had to take this step.

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Re: Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party.

Post by chaggle » Fri May 25, 2018 8:01 pm

Croydon13013 wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 3:33 pm
Does anyone on this forum think he is anti-Semitic?
Probably not but no idea really.

Is he?
Don't blame me - I voted remain :con

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Re: Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party.

Post by Ketchup » Fri May 25, 2018 8:33 pm

Croydon13013 wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 3:33 pm
Does anyone on this forum think he is anti-Semitic?
I know, for a fact - on very good authority - that he is not.

The idea couldn't be further from the truth. It's just dirty politics in action...
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Re: Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party.

Post by chaggle » Fri May 25, 2018 8:41 pm

Ketchup wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 8:33 pm
Croydon13013 wrote:
Fri May 25, 2018 3:33 pm
Does anyone on this forum think he is anti-Semitic?
I know, for a fact - on very good authority - that he is not.

The idea couldn't be further from the truth. It's just dirty politics in action...
Hmmmmm... seems as though the Labour party is as fractured as the Conservative party.
Don't blame me - I voted remain :con

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Re: Ken Livingstone resigns from Labour Party.

Post by Matt » Sun May 27, 2018 9:00 am

I don't think Ken is antisemitic. He is clearly opposed to the Hardliners occupying power in the state of Isreal and I suspect that he's not a Zionist in more general terms. It is not an uncommon tactic of those who support Isreal to accuse her detractors of anti-antisemitism and so I think Mr Livingstone has become somewhat tired of the accusation from those quarters. That's the best explanation I can find for him refusing to acknowledge the serious criticism of the contentious views he's supported. Which whilst not clearly anti semitic in their own right are troubling due to their popularity and use amongst undeniably antisemitic historical revisionists and neo-fascists.

Unless anyone wants to tell me that Zionism in the Age of the Dictators is quality scholarship well on its way to winning over its detractors and forming a consensus? I think it's a strange cross for Mr Livingstone to choose to die on. I'm no expert so I'm just trying to pick up the received wisdom here.

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