Socialist Worker

Labour’s racism ruse

Issue No. 2524

Jackie Walker

Jackie Walker

Activist Jackie Walker was removed as the vice chair of Labour left group Momentum on Monday.

She was suspended from the Labour Party last week for comments she made on antisemitism and the Holocaust.

Speaking in a training event on anitsemitism, Walker questioned why Holocaust Memorial Day didn’t also focus on other genocides—when it does.

She also said she hadn’t found a definition of antisemitism that she could “work with”.

What she said was foolish and incorrect. But she isn’t antisemitic and shouldn’t be disciplined.


There’s a terrible double standard at work. In the same week, Labour MP Rachel Reeves implied that immigration could lead to race riots.

Her speech channelled Tory racist Enoch Powell’s infamous “rivers of blood” speech in 1968.

Powell was sacked from the Tory shadow cabinet. No one is calling for Reeves’ expulsion.

Tuesday marked the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street.

Tens of thousands of working class people, including Communist anti-fascists, Jewish people and Irish migrants, united to stop Nazi Blackshirts marching through London’s east end.

Labour Party leaders had argued for people to stay indoors.

Those who attack the left for alleged antisemitism but pander to anti-migrant racism are no anti-racists.

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