The writer Lord Meghnad Desai, an economist of Indian origin, has resigned from his membership, accusing the UK opposition Labor Party of failing to deal effectively with racial discrimination. He said he was always a supporter of the Labor Party but on Thursday, 49 years after taking membership, he decided to cancel it because Jeremy Corbyn was rejoined the party after a mere 19-day suspension while the country’s human rights He was found involved in ‘unlawful acts’ by the watchdog.
Lord Desai (80) said, ‘The decision to allow him to return without apologizing was highly specific. He was ignored for a few months for the party opposition in the House of Commons, but it was a mild reaction to a very big crisis. ‘ He said, ‘I am very uncomfortable and a bit embarrassed that there is such racism in the party. Jewish MPs are openly called good and bad, female members are trolled. It is clean and clearly racism. ‘
The Labor Party has been accused of racist comments about Jews for a few years and the December 2019 election debacle was seen as being linked to this crisis. Desai said, ‘I don’t see things really changing in the near future and finally I have to go with my inner self. I cannot live in a party that is prejudicial to Jews. ‘ He also emphasized that he did not intend to join any other political party.