Includes the biggest and most-often repeated claim of all
- the EHRC did not find that Labour were institutionally antisemitic
- EHRC: “There have been improvements in the rate of determining cases” – all under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and Jennie Formby
- finds the Labour Party legally responsible only for the actions of two people, even though one was retired from elected office and the other was suspended and neither was acting at the request of the leadership or party. However, even if the two cases are valid, the EHRC’s conclusion makes a nonsense of the constant claims that the party’s leadership was responsible for the conduct of every member – which the EHRC specifically says it was not
- the EHRC’s report shows that ‘following an increase in NCC membership’, the rate of determining cases grew 83%
- EHRC says Labour improved the quantity of cases heard once Jennie Formby took over
- Labour NEC panels resolved 242% more antisemitism cases in 2019 compared to 2018
- EHRC noted that expanding the NCC under Jennie Formby allowed it to hear more cases
- EHRC “The Labour Party has recently introduced reforms which improve the ability of the NEC & NCC panels to decide cases“
- EHRC notes “improvements to the sanction system, with cases completed and leading to expulsions in the EHRC sample process tripling in 2019 compared to the 3 previous years added together
- EHRC “The Labour Party has made some improvements, which have resulted in an increase use of sanctions for antisemitic conduct.”
The report also:
- implies that the focus on antisemitism, driven by adverse media attention, had disadvantaged other ethnic minority groups: “this means that an even wider pool of members was treated very poorly by their party”
- treats describing any complaints as ‘smears’ as antisemitic, resulting in the worrying implication that Jewish people are incapable of making the untrue statements that all human beings are capable of
- states that in many, possibly most cases, what flaws there were in Labour’s handling of complaints hurt those complained against
- fails to differentiate in its criticisms between what happened before Jennie Formby and the left on Labour’s NEC had control of the party’s processes and what happened after. However, its numerous references to improvements under Formby make the reality undeniable
- criticises Labour for not fully implementing the Chakrabarti report – a report that Labour’s critics at first welcomed and then u-turned to attack
The SKWAWKBOX’s predictions last night of what the report would contain have been proven correct, including further information not listed above. For details, see here.
The right’s constant attacks are discredited by the EHRC report, even if the report is phrased in a way that obscures facts that have to be mined out of its 100-plus pages. Of course, you’re extremely unlikely to hear any of this from the ‘mainstream’ media or the opponents of the movement that emerged under Jeremy Corbyn.
Further analysis will follow.
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