Ken Loach blurted out Keir Starmer amid ‘witch hunt’: ‘There are many of us!’ | United Kingdom | News
Ken Loach: Corbyn’s policies will allow us to ‘take back control’
The legendary filmmaker’s ‘Sorry We Missed You’ aired last night at 10pm on BBC Two, chronicling the life of a working man who hopes the gig economy can solve his and his family’s financial woes. But the hardened delivery driver and his wife find themselves trapped in a vicious circle as they struggle to raise their children. A social-realistic drama, Mr. Loach’s 2019 film exposed the major downsides of the gig economy, an industry that many have hailed as a way to free up time and provide unparalleled work-life balance.
Then, at 11:35 a.m., BBC Two aired “Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach,” a biopic of Ken Loach himself.
Mr Loach is a lifelong socialist, who supports Labor under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn.
However, in 2021 Mr Loach was expelled by new party leader Sir Keir Starmer amid a series of expulsions of close allies of Mr Corbyn.
Mr Loach claimed the party’s decision was because it ‘would not disown those who have already been expelled’, hitting on an alleged ‘witch hunt’.
Ken Loach: the social-realist filmmaker let Sir Keir Starmer slip away
Sorry We Missed You: His 2019 track follows the life of a delivery driver working in the gig economy
It followed reports at the time that Sir Keir was preparing to back a purge of factions vocally backing Mr Corbyn’s leadership.
Writing on Twitter following his expulsion, Mr Loach said: “Labour HQ have finally decided that I am not fit to be a member of their party as I will not disown those who have already been expelled.
“Well…I’m proud to stand with good friends and fellow victims of the purge.
“There is indeed a witch hunt… Starmer and his clique will never lead a party of the people.
JUSTIN: Question Time: Audience member clashes with teacher
Jeremy Corbyn: The couple were close allies and had a long working relationship
“We are many, they are few. Solidarity.”
Responding to the news, John McDonnell, the former shadow chancellor, wrote: “To expel such a good socialist who has done so much to further the cause of socialism is a disgrace.
“Ken’s films exposed the inequalities in our society, gave us hope for change and inspired us to fight back.
“I send my solidarity to my friend and comrade.”
DO NOT MISS
Rough response from pub owner to restaurant who complained about service [REPORT]
POLL: Should Metropolitan Police Chief Cressida Dick resign? [INSIGHT]
GB News: Ex-BBC reporter slams Beeb’s bias: ‘Not impartial on Brexit!’ [ANALYSIS]
Labor Party: Many of Corbyn’s allies were expelled from the party following his departure as leader
Socialism: Corbyn introduced a wave of leftist politics into the party
Mr Corbyn had also been expelled from the party in October 2020 due to controversy surrounding alleged anti-Semitism under his leadership when he was Labor leader.
He has consistently denied those claims, with his supporters pointing to his decades-long efforts to fight and challenge racism around the world.
Mr Corbyn was later reinstated as a member, but the whip was never returned to him.
Mr Loach, meanwhile, had left Labor in the 1990s, after three decades as a member, disgusted with the leadership and rise of Tony Blair, according to reports.
Keir Starmer: The Labor leader has flip-flopped on his Brexit stance over the years
He then played an active role in the left-wing political parties Respect and Left Unity, both of which presented themselves as radical alternatives to Labour.
He did a lot of work for Labor during Mr Corbyn’s tenure, including an hour-long documentary, ‘In Conversation with Jeremy Corbyn’, which was released during the second leadership election.
And, in 2017, he made an election show featuring a profile of Mr Corbyn for the Labor Party’s general election campaign.
In all, he did three shows for the party.
John McDonnell: Former shadow chancellor said Loach’s expulsion was a ‘disgrace’
Prior to his expulsion, Mr Loach was suspected of being closely associated with the group within Labour, ‘Labour Against the Witchhunt’.
In an interview with Jacobin during the month of his deportation, he said that he “supported (supported) many people who were deported, because they are good friends and comrades”.
He also argued that his expulsion was an ex post facto action.
Indeed, according to him, the evidence cited by the party in its expulsion letter dated from before the banning of the organizations of which he was accused of being a member.