Nothing in the lengthy Independent article aroused any controversy until Long-Bailey tweeted a link to it, saying Peake was an “absolute diamond.” Then suddenly, it became the focus of forensic concern to opponents of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Utter bollocks. Loads or organisations picked up on it more or less as soon as it was published. The rest of it is just the usual list of excuses and 2+2=5s. She didn't mean this, it didn't mean that and so on.
If Maxine Peake had blamed Jews for George Floyd’s death, that really would have been an antisemitic conspiracy theory. She had done nothing of the kind. She had criticised the state of Israel, perhaps incautiously making specific reference to the knee-on-neck technique that killed George Floyd. ...
The Independent took the precaution of inserting into the interview a denial from a spokesperson for the Israeli police, stating that “there is no tactic or protocol that calls to put pressure on the neck or airway”.
That is little comfort to the many Palestinians who have suffered just this technique applied by Israeli security forces.
So she was "incautious", and the newspaper felt it necessary to add there was no connection, but now please ignore that and draw a direct line between A and B that we heavily imply.
...and fury from thousands of party members, nearly 120,000 of whom voted for the Salford MP [RLB] as their first preference in the leadership election. A petition calling for Long-Bailey’s reinstatement gathered more than 15,000 signatures in the first 24 hours.
So just over a 10th of those who voted for her - and she lost pretty much 2:1 - were so furious that they signed the petition. And given that apparently meteooric signing rate, you'd expect it to be approaching 50K now it's a week or so, no?
Well, no. It's gone up just over 4000. Under 20,000 were arsed, and a lot of those would sign anything for a dig at Starmer (or indeed anyone who isn't J. Corbyn).