Sorry, are we all meant to feel that the real victim in this is Corbyn or something? I find it rich people banging on about careerists when the only proper job Corbyn himself has ever held down is within the political arena.
What is beyond reprehensible is that because she is identified (completely falsely as well) as being of the Blairite ilk that she doesn't deserve our sympathy. Remember, in Luciana Berger we have someone who sat as the first ever Shadow minister for mental health, an unprecedented role and one that shone a glaring light on the failings of the Tories when it came to mental health. It's one of the best things that she and Corbyn did and it gave hope to people who believed that Corbyn could lead his party properly.
But let's just remember what Berger has had to put up with.
Are we supposed to ignore this in favour of a polemic stained by anti Jewish thought that this was just a false flag and the act of a career obsessed chancer? At best, she's dismissed because she's of a certain type of Labour MP that just isn't allowed to exist in today's Britain where extremism is the order of the day, but at it's worst she is attacked simply for being Jewish AND for being a woman.
The sneers have only gotten louder since her pregnancy, getting so bad that far left extremists on twitter have been tweeting to her that they hope she loses her baby like all those 'dead Palestinian babies' she supposedly revels in. Are we supposed to ignore that too?
It's only fair to mention that Berger's harrasment has not just come from the far left. Initially, in her first years in parliament, she was the subject of attacks from neo nazis on social media. And then UKIP candidates got in on the act as well. Where the far right shone a light on her Jewish ethnicity, the far left have picked it up and groped, ransacked and rummaged it, well beyond the supposed 'kind and gentler' politics they chanted to themselves as they marched into the Labour Party. So much that she had to receive a POLICE ESCORT to ensure her safety at conference events and anti semitism marches.
The irony within this whole sorry episode of course is Corbyn's initial platform of campaigning on a leadership that would bring in a 'kinder and gentler' politics. So kind and gentle that they've driven away one of its best and most decent MPs away from the party. Corbyn isn't directly to blame but his followers are. But unfortunately he has chosen to continue to remain a part of such a following. And that following includes a lifetime of campaigning alongside people (and proclaiming them friends) who want to see Israel and beyond that the entire Jewish race wiped off the face off the earth.
Berger's right. The Labour Party is institutionally anti-semitic. It's full of hate and aggression that has overflown to the point that it has put her own personal safety at risk. At the end of the day her only crime is that she is a Jew and a woman. Or, in the words of her extremist opponents, a 'Jewish whore'. But for standing up to such hate so forthrightly she's not just a credit to Jewish people across the continent who are increasingly finding themselves on the end of anti-semitic abuse, she's also a credit to every female politician standing up against the forces of sexism and macho pouting extremists that occupy the far left and right.
To ignore her fears and side with those who have castigated her is to be complicit in aiding the increasingly violent, extremist political culture that we and many other countries find ourselves in today.
The problem here is that of an outsider looking in and using only one side of an argument.
The fact is that like Umunna, Berger was facing censure from her CLP and was about to be the subject of a deselection hearing.
She immediately started screaming "anti-semitism" which is a favourite tactic of hers (and has been since before she was parachuted into a safe seat), but seems odd in this instance because the chair of her CLP and the person who was bringing the VoNC is Jewish.
Kind of puts a different slant on things.
Then we have the remarkable case of Margaret Hodge, a serial tax avoider, who sent "200 examples of anti-semitism from Labour members on twitter".
Great for a headline, and a bit of publicity of course, but it turns out less than a dozen were actually affiliated to Labour and all received censure.
The other 190? Random twitter tw*ts she threw in just to get the numbers up.
Umunna himself recently tried to bypass, then sabotage his own CLP because he had received notice of a VoNC.
That didn't work, so he jumped ship.
Tehn I suppose we could talk about the "Israeli spy" since deported who had a bag full of cash (a million quid or so) to bribe Labour MP's and SPADs into briefing the media on "anti semitism in Labour".
Pity someone filmed him doing it though, and an even bigger pity that it barely got a mention in the press.
The really funny thing is that people who never gave a sh*t about Jewish people in their whole lives now profess great concern over this manufactured smear campaign.
If you want to see endemic racism in a political party, look no further than the Tories and UKIP.
Of course there are a small number of arseholes and conspiracy theorists who gob off a lot on social media, but even their posts amount to less than 0.1% of posts by Labour members.
hmm, yes, a "real" problem.
Forgot to add this earlier.
Not that anyone will read it, being so focused on their own agenda.https://www.jewishvoiceforlabour.org.uk/blog/antisemitism-no-justification-for-singling-out-labour/?fbclid=IwAR3N6RrFzHJQaAaizTuxdq-KozTbET8JArkiBBJCXOhot_OcfTNUwKI9CU8