When Britain’s Equality and Human Rights Commission announced it was investigating Labour’s treatment of its Jewish members, many of Jeremy Corbyn’s opponents claimed this as proof of his supposed antisemitism. But the inquiry is itself a political weapon — and as the Commission publishes its much-hyped, long-delayed report today, the attacks against the Left are only intensifying.
by Daniel Finn
In mid-October, a BBC journalist informed his viewers that a report on antisemitism and the British Labour Party by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) was “expected to be damning.” In fact, the process leading up to the report had already been comprehensively damning — of the EHRC itself, and of the British media, which maintained a rigorous code of silence in the face of the mass of evidence undermining the standing of the Commission’s inquiry.
The prolonged saga dates back to June 2019, when the EHRC announced that it was investigating Labour for possible breaches of equality legislation, after receiving complaints from two groups, the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) and the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM).
As far as the great bulk of British journalists were concerned, this announcement was a damning indictment of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. If the EHRC had taken such a momentous decision, it could only mean that Labour under Corbyn had become infested with antisemitism, and that the party leadership was culpable for this shameful degeneration.