Labour’s Glass House | Jake Scott
On Wednesday 28th October, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) completed its report into the allegations of anti-semitism in the Labour Party. The findings are, to say the least, dismally upsetting. The result of the report reads, quite simply:
Our investigation found that the Labour Party has committed unlawful acts.
We have published a report about our findings, including our recommendations for change.
The Labour Party is now legally obliged to draft an action plan to tackle the unlawful act findings we made. This should be based on our recommendations.
Once the action plan is agreed, we will continue to monitor it. If the Labour Party fails to live up to its commitments in the legally binding action plan, then we may take enforcement action.Read the Report here.
Most astounding was the statement, made on page seven of the report, that “The evidence shows that staff from the Leader of the Opposition’s Office (LOTO) were able to influence decisions on complaints, especially decisions on whether to suspend someone. Sometimes these decisions were made because of likely press interest rather than any clear formal criteria.” In other words, the office of Jeremy Corbyn actively sought to cover up allegations on the grounds that it would make the Labour Party look bad.
Oh, Jeremy Corbyn.— Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) October 29, 2020
“The EHRC found evidence of political interference in the complaints process, with 23 instances of inappropriate involvement by the Leader of the Opposition’s Office”.
The full report is worth reading, especially the recommendations made in Chapter Nine, where the report notes the party’s successful improvements on handling allegations of sexual harassment, but failure to do the same for anti-semitism. Indeed, the question must be asked, if the party is capable of doing one, why not the other? Sadly, the answer seems to be a lack of desire.
This is not a cause for celebration. The Labour Party rightly fought, for many decades, against unjust prejudice, discrimination, and intolerance. To have fallen so low under a radical Marxist is not unsurprising, but what is enormously disappointing is the fact that the moderates in the party allowed it to happen, under fear of backlash from a radicalised and vicious activist base. Momentum will surely have to face its own questions for propelling a man whose history with radical groups is not undocumented into the position of Leader of the Opposition, but the structural problems that allowed it to happen need to be addressed also.
As I have written before, Labour has a deep problem with democracy as much as with anti-semitism. For a party so desperate to paint its opponents as racists to have been accused by the Equality Commission of wilful negligence in the face of consistent allegations and accusations of a deeply racist nature, is not only shameful, but extremely embarrassing.
Labour’s darkest period came under Corbyn.— Dr Rakib Ehsan (@rakibehsan) October 29, 2020
He led Labour to its worst election result since 1935, losing a swathe of former coal mining and steel communities.
And he completely shattered Labour’s reputation for being the party of anti-discrimination.
“Man of the people” – no.
Perhaps it is time for the Labour Party to clean its own house, and not accuse others of the very thing it is guilty of.
N.B.: Between the writing of this article and its publication, we were pleased to learn that the former Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP, has been suspended from the Labour Party and had the whip withdrawn.