Starmer has now rejected FOUR aspects of the EHRC report. Since he and others say that’s ‘part of the problem’ of antisemitism, he should now be suspended himself
Keir Starmer’s decision to withdraw (not ‘not restore’) the whip from Jeremy Corbyn this morning, after it was automatically restored by the lifting of Corbyn’s supension by the unanimous decision of a (right-dominated) National Executive Committee panel last night, is a clear breach of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report’s ban on any ‘political interference’ in disciplinary outcomes.
Starmer didn’t dare say he’d withdrawn the whip, even though the party’s rules mean that’s what he’s done, but caving to political pressure from petulant right-wingers is still political interference in a process that reached a conclusion the petulant didn’t like.
But that’s not the only EHRC stricture Starmer has broken, despite committing himself and the party to implement the EHRC report in full. The report also explicitly said – almost entirely unreported by the so-called ‘mainstream’ media, of course – that Corbyn has a legally-protected right to say what he said.
Not only that, but as an MP, his right to say so is ‘enhanced‘ under human rights laws:
There was nothing offensive in Corbyn’s observation that the media have massively exaggerated the extent of antisemitism in the Labour Party. It’s simply a fact. But even if it was offensive, his right to say it has ‘enhanced protection’.
The EHRC report on antisemitism says so in absolutely clear terms.
Starmer has ignored the EHRC in at least five ways, by his own measure:
• agreed with Corbyn’s view of the scale of antisemitism on a 2019 Marr programme
• breached the EHRC’s statement on the right to free speech
• politically interfered in a disciplinary process
•breached the EHRC ruling that disciplinary processes must not be opaque or arbitrary
So that’s at least four aspects of the report Starmer has rejected. Since he and other Corbyn-haters say rejecting the report is antisemitic, Starmer himself should now be suspended – and on far sounder grounds that Corbyn was.
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