Report says the same as Corbyn was booted out for observing – now Starmer must either kick out Forde Report authors or restore former leader to party whip if he wants to avoid outing himself yet again as a hypocrite
The Labour right is briefing its media friends today about the release of the two-years-overdue Forde Report, in an attempt to claim that the conduct of those who spent five years undermining and opposing Jeremy Corbyn has been found acceptable. As many on the left feared, the report ignores many obvious conclusions and some key evidence.
But one thing that the report does admit – and does explicitly – is that the issue of antisemitism was weaponised to attack Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters:
It was of course also true that some opponents of Jeremy Corbyn saw the issue of antisemitism as a means of attacking him.
Disgracefully, but as it appears to do throughout, the report then attempts to ‘both-sides’ the issue, claiming it was used as a weapon by the left as well as the right:
Thus, rather than confront the paramount need to deal with the profoundly serious issue of antisemitism in the Party, both factions treated it as a factional weapon.
It’s obvious that attempting to defend against false accusations or to point out the factional use of an issue by enemies is not using the issue as a weapon or in any way equivalent to the right’s gross abuses.
But the core admission is there regardless. Factional antisemitism accusations were used for the political end of undermining and ultimately removing Jeremy Corbyn.
And Keir Starmer shredded Labour’s rules to remove the whip from Corbyn for simply observing that same fact – despite the clear ban by the EHRC on ‘political interference’ in disciplinary processes and its explicit ruling that Corbyn was not only entitled to criticise the EHRC’s findings but also enjoyed ‘enhanced protection’ as a political figure.
The ‘mainstream’ media will, of course, either ignore or misrepresent the significance of the Forde Report’s comment – but in reality, either Keir Starmer must immediately reinstate Jeremy Corbyn, or else expel any authors of the report who are Labour members along with anyone who ever weaponised and abused the issue of antisemitism for factional gain.
Or he could always opt to be a shameless hypocrite. There’s always that.
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