Wadsworth's expulsion and the contemptible treachery of the Labour right
White parliamentarians hounding a black anti-racist and claiming to act on behalf of Jewish people in Britain is outrageous and Kafkaesque, writes Kevin Ovenden.
THE expulsion of leading black anti-racist Marc Wadsworth from the Labour Party is utterly contemptible.
The charge of bringing the Labour Party into disrepute merely for criticising a white Labour MP is outrageous enough — Kafkaesque.
Or are they saying he should not have been so uppity?
Worse, the decision is laden also with a smear campaign alleging anti-semitism. Those false charges may have been rejected, but the expulsion will encourage those hostile to the Labour Party and its leadership to repeat them in the hope of it sticking like mud. It will lead to further smears.
And if anyone thinks this will not bring some backlash in Britain’s black communities, they are wrong.
Had the disciplinary panel intended to take the heat off Home Secretary Amber Rudd for the Windrush disgrace, it could not have done better than to hound out of the Labour Party a long-standing black member and fighter against racism.
First, there’s the timing. Monday saw the 25th anniversary of the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence. It was the “murder that changed a nation,” according to the BBC’s documentary. Windrush shows how much remains to be changed. So does Grenfell.
What better week, then, to summon before a court of star chamber Wadsworth, one of the leading campaigners for the Lawrence family?
For the full article, please turn to The Morning Star, Saturday April 28 2018.