Racism and anti-racism in Britain

This video from Britain says about itself:

Diane AbbottStand up to racism #StopRacism2016

October 8th, 2016. Confronting The Rise In Racism – Stamp Out Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Vicious Racists Target Abbott

Saturday 8th October 2016

New shadow home secretary faces ‘misogynoir’ attacks on social media

VILE racist slurs were directed at new shadow home secretary Diane Abbott yesterday following her promotion in the Labour reshuffle.

The Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP was bombarded with discriminatory comments and pictures on social media that the Star has decided not to print.

Defenders of the long-time ally of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn came out to condemn the discrimination as “misogynoir” — attacks specifically aimed at black women.

Some commentators attempted to disguise their derogatory reactions to her promotion from shadow health secretary as concern for politics by claiming that she was too “inexperienced” for the role — despite Ms Abbott having started her post-university career at the Home Office, having been a staunch anti-racism campaigner and the first black female MP.

Campaigner and journalist Owen Jones wrote on Twitter: “There’s plenty of useless, bungling and/or mediocre white male politicians who don’t get the bile Abbott does. Why is this exactly?”

After the reshuffle Mr Corbyn said: “I am very proud that the Labour Party now has five MPs in our shadow cabinet from the BAME community — the highest number ever in any cabinet or shadow cabinet.”

As well as Ms Abbott, Shami Chakrabarti is now shadow attorney general, Dawn Butler shadow minister for minority ethnic communities, Clive Lewis shadow business secretary and Kate Osamor shadow secretary for international development.

Ms Abbott is scheduled to speak today at a Stand Up to Racism rally in response to divisive rhetoric used by Tory PM Theresa May to pander to the far-right after the Brexit result.

Former shadow minister for the cabinet office Jon Ashworth was promoted to shadow health secretary.

His elevation to the key post will be seen as an olive branch to the Labour right after they criticised Mr Corbyn for strengthening his team with his allies from the left.

Sir Keir Starmer, former head of the Crown Prosecution Service who quit the shadow cabinet in June, has been invited back as shadow Brexit secretary.

Veteran chief whip Nick Brown, who is a long-standing ally of former Labour leader Gordon Brown, replaced chief whip Rosie Winterton.

The appointments of Mr Brown and Mr Starmer are said to be a signal from Mr Corbyn that he wants to reach out to back-bench critics — and their acceptance shows that they are prepared to unite after his landslide re-election.

Mr Corbyn has also appointed Sarah Champion to the role of shadow women and equalities minister, and Jo Stevens as shadow Welsh secretary.

Ms Champion was one of dozens of Labour frontbenchers who quit in the coup against Mr Corbyn’s leadership in June — only to ask for her job back a month later.

British Blairite Labour leader candidate Smith defeated, satiric song

This 24 September 2016 parody music video from Britain is called The Owen Smiths – “I Know It’s Over“.

It is about Blairite candidate for Labour leader Owen Smith‘s defeat by Jeremy Corbyn.

The song is a parody of the song by The Smiths: “I Know It’s Over“.

The lyrics are:

Oh boyo, I can feel the soil falling over my head
And now my leadership hopes are dead
Oh well, ‘nuff said

I know it’s over, still I sing
I don’t know where else I can go, boyo

Oh boyo, I can feel the soil falling over my head
Jeremy said he would let me back into the shadow cabinet
But I must ride off into the sunset
Don’t cry for me, please be happy
My tears will drench the back benches
Loud, loutish members of Momentum
They love Jeremy more than they love me

I know it’s over, still I sing
I don’t know where else I can go
It’s over, it’s over, it’s over
I know it’s over and it never really begun
But in my heart it was so real
And if I could speak to myself I’d say:

If you’re so radical, then why are you on your own tonight?
If you’re such a socialist, then why are you on your own tonight?
If you’re so very electable, then why are you on your own tonight?
And if you’re so very fit for purpose, then why are you on your own tonight?

JEREMY CORBYN’S emphatic victory yesterday will fill his many supporters with joy. With 61.8 per cent of the vote, Corbyn has received an even larger mandate to lead the biggest party in British politics than he did this time last year. This is remarkable. Because since the Islington North MP, veteran campaigner for peace, social justice and equality and long-term Morning Star weekly columnist was first elected to lead the Labour Party a year ago, he has been under constant attack: here.

Corbyn’s victory was achieved in the teeth of a coup attempt led by the party’s Blairite wing, supported by the vast majority of the party’s MPs and backed by every one of Britain’s TV channels and major newspapers, including Britain’s state broadcaster the BBC, and the nominally liberal Guardian: here.