I read the Novara article earlier today and found it not very specific. While I don’t doubt a word of it, the backing of Israel for the Labour Right ought to be made much more explicit. Or is that what the book is for?
Given Keef’s bluster and imposition of party whip I was quite surprised at a sizeable ‘rebellion’ of Labour MPs who voted for the pro-ceasefire amendment to the King’s Speech. Even Jess Philips. Fifty-something.
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Philips is notable since she is one of the Labour Friends of Israel, and has been egregiously in favour of the Labour Right for a long time now. Maybe she’s retiring from the House and feeling demob happy.
I took the list of MPs from the LFI website and came up with a figure of 71/202 MPs being members of LFI, which is 35%.
I could not find a list for Conservative MPs but Conservative Friends of Israel have said 80% of MPs are members. (As well as encouraging close ties with Israel, etc etc, CFI specifically links the Tory and Likud parties.)
AFAIK this is nowhere near as high a degree of penetration as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), but still a potent voting bloc. The campaign funding rules are way stricter in Britain than USA of course. That will probably change, and whether the rules are honoured… is moot.
None of the above implies that UK parliamentary democracy is an acceptable system.
The fact that none of the above specifically mentions genocide in Gaza does not imply it is acceptable to me.