Jonathan Cook dissects the investigation by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission into the U.K. Labour Party.
by Jonathan Cook
Part 3 - Too Hasty & Aggressive
The corporate media long ago styled Labour staff who delayed the complaints procedure to harm Corbyn as anti-Semitism “whistleblowers.” Many of them starred in last year’s BBC Panorama program on Labour in which they claimed they had been hampered from carrying out their work.
The equalities commission’s report subtly contradicts their claims, conceding that progress on handling complaints improved after senior Labour staff hostile to Corbyn — the “whistleblowers” very much among them — were removed from their posts.
Indeed, the report suggests the very opposite of the established media narrative. Corbyn’s team, far from permitting or encouraging delays in resolving anti-Semitism complaints, too often tried to step in to speed up the process to placate the corporate media and Jewish organisations.
In an example of having your cake and eating it, the commission castigates Corbyn’s staff for doing this, labelling it “political interference” and terming these actions unfair and discriminatory. But the unfairness chiefly relates to those being complained against — those accused of anti-Semitism — not those doing the complaining.
If Labour had an identifiable problem in relation to anti-Semitism complaints, according to the report, it seems to have occurred mostly in terms of the party being too hasty and aggressive in tackling allegations of anti-Semitism, in response to relentless criticism from the media and Jewish organisations, rather than being indulgent of it.
Again, no one in the media, Jewish leadership organisations, or the new Labour leadership wants this finding to be highlighted. So it is being ignored.