By Rhea Wolfson in Scotland:
1 June 2016
Over the past few weeks, I have been delighted to receive support for my candidacy for Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) from a broad spectrum of opinion within the party, including nominations from dozens of Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs). It is clear that many members want to see me elected to the NEC.
However, I am now concerned that a faction of the party are trying to take that option away from the membership. To appear on the ballot I needed to secure, amongst other things, the nomination of my home CLP.
Last night Eastwood CLP, where my family home is, met to nominate candidates for the NEC. It was proposed that, given I am currently a member of the CLP, there would be a straight vote for or against my nomination. I made my case and answered questions from the room. I was then asked to leave the room while they discussed my nomination further. Once I had left, the ex-leader of Scottish Labour, Jim Murphy,
Blairite Murphy lost not only his own seat at the elections, but also the seats of all other Scottish Labour MPs save one. With a little help from some other Blairites, but mainly single-handedly, Murphy managed to make Labour from the biggest party for decades into the third party in Scotland now.
appealed to the CLP to not nominate me. He argued that it would not be appropriate to nominate me due to my endorsement by Momentum, which he claimed has a problem with antisemitism.
In the twentieth century, there was the late United States senator and failed presidential candidate Henry ‘Scoop’ Jackson. Mr Jackson was corrupt, Jackson’s nickname was “the gentleman from Boeing“. Boeing being a military contractor getting lots of taxpayers’ money for killing and torturing people. Jackson was also a major supporter of wars, like in Vietnam.
Jackson was a strong supporter of the racist internment of US citizens of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps because of their ethnicity during World War II.
The 21st century ‘Henry Jackson Society‘ seems to have substituted Muslims for Japanese-Americans in their racism. This society includes hard-line politicians from the USA. And from Britain: right-wing Conservatives, like David Cameron’s minister Michael Gove. And right-wing ‘new’ Labour Blairites. Like Denis MacShane, convicted for, and kicked out of the Labour party for, corruption. So, really similar to Henry Jackson. Also similar in being a warmonger, supporting war in Iraq, Afghanistan, wherever.
So is Jim Murphy, an enthusiastic lover of nuclear weapons.
Murphy’s Henry Jackson Society makes propaganda for CIA torture.
And now this Murphy smears candidate Rhea Wolfson behind her back, spuriously linking her to anti-Semitism by association with the non-anti-Semitic Momentum movement, one of many organisations endorsing her. Who is the anti-Semite here: non-Jewish hatemonger Murphy or Jewish woman Ms Wolfson?
The constituency has a large Jewish population. The CLP then voted to not endorse me, before re-inviting me back into the room.
Needless to say, this is hugely disappointing. It is disappointing because I am the only Jewish candidate in this election, because the wide range of organisations endorsing me includes the Jewish Labour Movement, and because I have a long record of challenging antisemitism and have in fact faced it on a daily basis since my candidacy was announced. But above all, it is disappointing because I know there are many members who want to vote for me, who could now have lost that opportunity. I am considering my options going forward.