That @OwenJones84 Isn’t Funny Anymore … #LabourAntiSemitism #EnoughIsEnough

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The Gerasites

To observe Owen Jones at work is to see somebody carefully negotiating difficult terrain. He has been the vanguard for this latest form of full-time campaigner-cum-party surrogate disguised as a commentator. People for whom purpose and credibility are at constant odds with each other.

Jones is both inside the tent and outside and does wondrous work trying to square the circle. “All commentators are biased it’s just that I’m honest about it” is the line and it’s a typically good one. But the tension many political commentators experience between having friends in the game, being a player yourself, and commentating on that game, has rarely been more obvious than it is with Jones. And so his output constantly resembles tactics far more than just a writer trying to make sense of the world from their particular vantage point. And it’s those contortions (see him on Brexit), the tightrope-walking, and most…

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The Ballad of Mike Sivier

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Mike Sivier is the author of pro-Corbyn blog Vox Political. He was suspended for allegedly breaking the Labour Party’s rules on antisemitism. On Tuesday, his case was heard at the National Executive Committee (NEC) which now boasts of a hard-left majority with a new chair of the disputes panel to boot. The ousted chair, Ann Black, had received over 100,000 votes to sit on the NEC and was also elected chair of Disputes because her impartiality was implicitly trusted by all wings of the party to deal with very sensitive disciplinary cases including antisemitism.

A lot of antisemitism, in fact.

But as Luke Akehurst pointed out; the real reason for her ousting is because the chair of disputes “carries with it a seat on the NEC Officers Group that goes with that job, which is where the key decisions on appointing panels that control by-election & late selection shortlists are…

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