No institutional racism, little legal responsibility – no wonder the right is already spinning desperately
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is set to issue its report on its investigation into allegations of institutional antisemitism in the Labour Party. Although the report has not yet been published, the Labour right and other opponents of the left Labour movement have already begun furiously, even desperately, spinning up the report and its ‘shame’ for the party.
This appears to be happening because the report is set to be a ‘damp squib’ for the right. Below, as far as the SKWAWKBOX has been able to glean, is what the EHRC’s report is likely to say – and what it won’t.
What it’s likely to say:
• that there were significant improvements in the party’s processes and performance under former general secretary Jennie Formby’s tenure
• that Keir Starmer has yet to act upon his own promises
• that, where Labour’s processes were unfair or unclear, as often or more often they were unfair towards those accused
• that the focus on antisemitism disadvantaged other ethnic groups
• where there is any suggestion of ‘political interference’, that it was to hurry things up – and if anything worked against people accused rather than going easy on them. In other words: no attempts to hinder disciplinary processes by the political leadership
• that only two of the supposed thousands of alleged instances of ‘Labour antisemitism’ were the party’s legal responsibility – and no instances involving members. i.e. the endless attacks on Labour’s then-leadership for not stopping comments by members were groundless
• that Labour should have put the Chakrabarti report into practice. That’s the Chakrabarti report that Labour’s critics first welcomed, then u-turned to describe as a meaningless whitewash
The report will criticise Labour’s handling of antisemitism complaints, but these complaints will centre around communications, clarity and speed – but again, all the improvements the report will recognise took place under Jennie Formby
What it’s not
• that Labour is ‘institutionally antisemitic’ – the constant claim of Labour’s detractors
• any personal censure of members of Jeremy Corbyn’s close team
• any indication of any ‘political’ attempts to block or lessen disciplinary action over legitimate complaints
Small wonder that those who want the party under Jeremy Corbyn painted as institutionally antisemitic are already ‘getting their retaliation in early’.
The SKWAWKBOX will publish an in-depth analysis of the report once the it is published.
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