by stifling democratic and necessary debate, they are, in reality, only undermining their own authority and credibility in the eyes of many of their members. Furthermore, with the furore surrounding the imposed rules about who can vote in the leadership election – any semblance of fairness and egalitarianism has gone out of the window.
everyone in the room had a different political agenda [but it is] not about politics […] I’m simply concerned that this is an important issue. It’s about the rule of law. The advice given was certainly not given the expert consideration given by a high court judge. When you conduct a membership association and it has a set of rules, you cannot, in Britain, a democracy that stands or falls by application of law, bend the rules to suit a particular circumstance or particular position.
I find it difficult to understand how the leader of the British Labour party, when he has spent the conference talking about decency, respect for human values and human rights, kindness and a new way of conducting politics […] cannot find in his lexicon of words at that meeting, the word ‘Jew’, ‘Jewish’, ‘the UK Jewish community’ or the word ‘Israel’. That is not leadership.
callousness and contempt for the history of the Jews in Europe [and] crass, hateful and ignorant support for these people.