No conciliation for Stan Keable
30 August, 2018 — By John Gulliver
I HEAR Labour-controlled Hammersmith and Fulham Council has taken an unyielding line against a sacked official caught up in the murky controversy of “anti-Zionist” speak.
They gave a resounding “No” when asked by the conciliatory employment body, Acas, whether they wanted “conciliation” in the case of the dismissed official, Stan Keable. This means Mr Keable – he used to work for Camden in the 80s – will now take his case to an employment tribunal.
What amounted, in my opinion, to a McCarthy-style witch-hunt against Mr Keable began when he uttered remarks at a public gathering in Parliament Square that were thought to be “anti-Zionist” and therefore bringing the council into disrepute.
His dismissal by the council was recently upheld at an appeals hearing.
Mr Keable, who was expelled by the Labour party last autumn, is active in an organisation called Labour Against the Witch-hunt, which will be demonstrating next Tuesday outside a meeting of the National Executive Council. Main item on its agenda is a definition of anti-Semitism.