Calls are growing for the Leader of Brighton and Hove’s Labour council to resign, after he accused an ex-Labour Party member of making anti-Semitism remarks at a fringe event at this year’s Labour Party conference.
Hitting back, anti-racist and anti-fascist Tony Greenstein, has issued a press release in which he says Warren Morgan should resign and inferred he’s a liar, he said, “Warren Morgan is completely unfit to be Labour leader in Brighton and Hove. He has no regard for the truth.”
Greenstein, who co-founded the Brighton & Hove Anti-fascist Committee and was Secretary of the Brighton and Hove Anti-Nazi League, accused Morgan of employing a McCarthyist style technique of guilt-by-association, to manufacture false anti-Semitism allegations against the Labour leadership, Greenstein is clearly angry that Morgan has named him in connection with Holocaust denial; he complains, “even if someone had mentioned Holocaust denial at the meeting in question, why does that make me guilty?”
Greenstein continues, “This is not about Holocaust denial but defending the Israeli State. How else do you defend barbaric practices such as gaoling and shackling Palestinian children as young as 12 or the demolition of Palestinian villages in order to build Jewish towns and settlements, other than by accusing Zionism’s opponents of anti-Semitism? Israel today is a racist and repressive state, which is attacking even Israeli human rights organisations such as Btselem.”
This isn’t the first time Morgan has been accused of causing mischief and division within the Labour party. As Greenstein points out, “last year Warren Morgan alleged that there was spitting at the Labour Party AGM in Brighton. It was totally untrue but it achieved its purpose, the suspension of Brighton & Hove Labour Party and the annulment of the elections.”
With Morgan’s comments going viral, and reported by the national press including the Sun, Telegraph and Guardian newspapers, he’s been forced to justify his comments by writing on his blog, “Anti-Semitism is racism. The Labour Party is an anti-racist Party. Brighton and Hove is a city where all should feel safe and secure. These are things which should not be in question.”
Set to continue, Morgan faces the real and present danger of being ousted as Brighton and Hove’s party leader.
Let this be a lesson for any and every political leader that false accusations can cost you your career!