Would it surprise you to read that This Writer would welcome an investigation into Labour’s handling of anti-Semitism cases?
If so, you may be even more surprised to discover that I have written to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, encouraging it to start such a probe.
Of course, there is a caveat which I’m sure wasn’t part of the submissions by the Campaign Against Antisemitism or the Jewish Labour Movement.
Rather than restricting itself to investigating whether Labour discriminated against Jews, I asked for the EHRC to find out whether the party has wronged any party members at all.
I’ve been through Labour’s complaints procedure myself, remember.
The party failed to follow its own rules, and in fact expelled me on the basis of a rule that didn’t even exist when I wrote whatever it was I wrote that someone found so offensive.
Oh, and I don’t even know who accused me. That information was never passed to me so, in legal terms, no such person exists.
The party’s disciplinary tribunal found against me because its members had been told to find against me in the particulars of the case that were passed to it (and me) by the party’s National Executive Committee.
The reasons given for finding against me had nothing to do with the particulars of the case.
This is because the charges themselves, the evidence, the rules and the reasons were all secondary considerations. I had to go because I was a left-of-centre party member who had been accused of anti-Semitism – and in Labour at the moment, accusation is the same as guilt.
The party discriminated against me because of the protected characteristic of “race” – I suffered indirect racial discrimination – and therefore may be investigated by the EHRC.
I continue to suffer harassment from members of the Labour Party – and others – who describe me using insulting and offensive names as a result of the Labour Party’s discriminatory treatment of me and its decision to put the desires of people who claimed to represent people of a particular ethnicity above the facts.
It’s an unusual case because it is about the abuse of equality rules to victimise the innocent.
I think the EHRC would be unwise to refuse to investigate it.
After all, there’s no point in having a law if people are allowed to abuse it.