Although Jeremy Corbyn, the former Labour leader, led the party to its worst defeat since 1935 in the December general election, he still lingers in the public psyche. The failed leader is now in the news over a string of cases brought against him by current and former Labour members regarding anti-semitism. Last week, Labour made the move to apologise and pay “substantial damages” to seven former party workers who turned whistleblowers over anti-semitism in a Panorama documentary.
At the time, they were accused by the party of acting in bad faith and of being critics of Mr Corbyn’s leadership.
The decision to pay damages will now cost the party around £500,000.
Many have noted that the move underlines the determination of the new leader Sir Keir Starmer to mark an end of the crisis within Labour.
Despite this recent settlement, several commentators have warned that it might be only the beginning to a long road of settlements.
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The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said that the whistleblower’s day in court “not for a moment” marks an end to Labour’s anti-semitism agony.
She said: “Jeremy Corbyn’s response to Labour’s total reversal and apology was to question the merits of settling at all, and that could prompt further legal action.”
Ultimately, she added: “The arguing about what happened and how is far from over.”
Anti-semitism marred Mr Corbyn’s time as leader of the opposition.
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Accusations and instances of party members sharing anti-semitic sentiment on social media became prevalent.
It distracted away from his socialist agenda.
Many of Mr Corbyn’s policies appeared attractive to voters, but failed to prove the real deal on the day.
Many refused to be wooed by promises of free university education, a four day working week, and a nationalised telecommunications network.
Alastair Campbell, Labour’s former spin doctor and pioneer of the New Labour movement, was one such detractor.
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During a 2018 GQ interview with the party’s current business secretary, Ed Miliband, he branded Mr Corbyn’s policies as “brilliant spin” but nothing more.
The admission came as Mr Cambell and Mr Miliband spoke about the “boldness” of the Labour Party and its direction.
He said: “What is the boldness? I don’t sense a boldness in what the Labour Party are saying at the moment.
“I sense a regression, and going back actually to some pretty old fashioned ideas.”
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Here, Mr Miliband attempted to list some of the progressive policies, mentioning free university education.
Mr Campbell replied: “Yes ok, there’s lots of things in that manifesto that people would like,” to which Mr Miliband said the policies were fully costed and therefore could be realised.
Mr Campbell said: “Are they though? I thought this idea that the manifesto was fully costed was a brilliant piece of spin.
“I don’t think it was costed.
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“I don’t actually believe that it added up to a coherent plan.”
It isn’t the first time Mr Campbell took aim at Mr Corbyn during his political campaign.
Later on in the interview, he claimed that “nastiness” had descended the party under the new leadership.
When talking about the sectarianism that had become a feature of the party, he said: “There’s nastiness coming back in the Labour Party which they like to say is down to people like me, which it’s not.
“But, I think actually it’s this hard-left quality that’s coming back in.”