One of the features of recent antisemitism claims about the Labour Party has been a tendency by mainstream media and Labour’s opponents to treat the number of complaints pending as if every one of them means a guilty member.
But of course, some complaints are found not to be justified.
The current ratio of complaints made to those upheld will not be known until the relatively small backlog is cleared shortly – but a relevant statistic can be found in the situation inherited by the newly-composed NEC (National Executive Committee) when it took over after Labour’s 2016 conference.
NEC members have told the SKWAWKBOX that at that point, Labour had a backlog of some nine thousand cases – mostly complaints about comments on social media – in the aftermath of the wave of suspensions imposed by the then right-dominated party apparatus in the run-up to the 2016 leadership contest.
Once those nine thousand were examined, fully half were found to have no merit at all and were dismissed immediately.
Of the half that were substantive enough to merit consideration, around two hundred were eventually upheld.
A ratio 44:1 of spurious to justified complaints.
There are, of course, no guarantees that a similar ratio will apply to the current backlog of cases – but the statistic serves to highlight another: the fact that antisemitism complaints have been made concerning under 0.1% of Labour members.
Based on current membership, that’s fewer than five hundred and fifty among a membership of over half a million.
Bet you won’t read/see those statistics in the ‘MSM’.
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