The ongoing stories of antisemitism in the Labour Party have made me stop and think constructively about where we, as a party, can go from here. Something has to change.
The discussion about antisemitism in the Labour Party has, almost exclusively to date, revolved around disciplining individuals. For sure, Labour needs to sort out its processes and to discipline or expel blatant and unrepentant antisemites. But tackling antisemitism is not just about purging antisemites.
Political education about antisemitism can help to ensure a socialist politics based on real equality becomes the common sense across the party. This also means that we must campaign more openly for our policy for peace between Israel and the Palestinians: for an independent state of Palestine alongside Israel.
An educational drive to confront conspiracy-theorist ideas can help us to establish a common commitment to the genuinely socialist ideas our movement needs to change the world.
You can read my full article in the Independent here: