Cllr. Inkpin-Leissner refuses to stand for re-election as Brighton councillor
|Inkpin deserts the sinking ship that is the current Labour Administration of Brighton & Hove Council|
I was first alerted to the resignation of Councillor Michael Inkpin-Leissner when I was visiting the site of the McCarthyite Zionist Campaign for Anti-Semitism. There is, as many of you will be aware a petition calling on the Charity Commission to deregister this political organisation which is almost certainly funded by the Israeli state.
Inkpin-Leissner is a councillor for the ward where the unemployed centre, which I founded, used to be based. It is a very deprived ward of Brighton and the New Labour politics of Inkpin have done nothing to help regenerate it, quite the contrary. Inkpin is and remains a supporter of the New Labour Brighton and Hove Council which is led by Progress supporter Warren Morgan, who was behind the suspension of the District Labour Party in July last year.
I have posted a response on Inkpin’s facebook page though I doubt it will stay up too long! Inkpin describes himself as an ‘armed forces champion’ – in other words a militarist who will support any amount of imperialist wars using his fake concern for individual soldiers as his prop to lean upon. As I make clear below, anyone seriously concerned with members of the armed forces would be campaigning against imperialist wars abroad, but that would go against his New Labour politics.
As is to be expected of such a person, Inkpin won’t be resigning citing ‘a lot of local residents with diverse political opinions’ who voted for him. Of course he forgets to say that they voted for him as a Labour candidate and if he is so confident of their support then why not see at a by-election?
|How the far-Right Zionist Campaign for Anti-Semitism sees Inkpin’s resignation|
When I joint the Labour Party it was a natural choice for me as a
Social Democrat from Germany. Labour was a proud pro European Movement.
The current Leadership of the Labour Party seems to have forgotten
that. The lukewarm stance to defend the European Nationals by the
Parliamentary Labour Group ( I applaud the Lords on this occasion) made
me feel more and more uncomfortable to be a part of the Labour Party.
When I joined the Labour Party it was a centre-left Party like the German SPD.
Now it has been taken over by left-wingers and the Momentum extremists,
who are working to build an axis with former German Communists “Die
As a German, and you will understand, I can never support
this and never will compromise my stance against any form of
antisemitism. Unfortunately the position of the Labour Party, though
there are strong personalities standing up against antisemitism, seems
to be not really sincere anymore, proven by the lackluster investigation
of Baroness Chakrabarti. I have lost my faith in Labour fighting
Antisemitism and for Europe.
I know, fellow councillors made it
clear that I should ignore these temporary issues and focus on local
politics. But I have to strongly disagree. As a Labour Member in the
public eye I was connected to what the current leadership says and
stands for. This is why I have to walk away from this party. In my two
remaining years as independent councillor I shall focus on my local
support and activities in my ward. Some of you will state that I should
resign as a Councillor. I disagree on this as not only Labour supporters
voted for me but a lot of local residents with diverse political
opinions. I shall honour my obligations to them. I was elected to
support a Labour Administration.
Where agreed I shall support the
current administration under Warren Morgan’s leadership. As we know
from the Budget debate the Greens are politically reliable unreliable
and the Tories are… well the Tories.
Of course there was already
the usual political procedure. GMB, Unite and Corbyn supporters as well
as Tories and Greens demanded my complete resignation. Sorry to
disappoint you. This city has a stable and reliable administration. I
will not support any change to that. Brighton and Hove deserves better
than blind ideology from the very Corbynite/Green left or the Bombastic
Boris Mayhem right.
I can’t express my gratitude for so many
messages of support: members of the Jewish community and other faith
groups, members of different political parties, fellow councillors from
all over the country.
Now what’s next: I finally can speak free
on what annoyed me most as resident in my ward and elsewhere: The abuse
of the HMO system, the chaos on Lewes road,my neighbourhood, a lot of
other local issues and my never ending support for members of the
British Armed Forces, Veterans, their families and carers.