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Oh what a shame.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has announced that it has decided to investigate whether the Labour Party is institutionally anti-Semitic.

And it seems the usual suspects were all geared up to pound their chests and shake their fists at the party hierarchy and leader Jeremy Corbyn.

A spokesman from the Jewish Leadership Council appeared on the BBC News channel to make wild accusations – as you can see from my Twitter comments:

And if this answer to my first tweet is correct, Labour has no reason to worry:

Clearly the Witch-hunt machinery was all geared up and ready – only to have the proverbial wooden shoe thrown into its works when the EHRC revealed it was facing demands for an inquiry into Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

Now everybody is talking about that instead.

According to The Guardian:

The Muslim Council of Britain filed a complaint of more than 20 pages to the commission on Tuesday, saying calls for the party to allow an independent inquiry have so far been largely ignored.

It follows the government’s refusal to adopt a proposed definition on Islamophobia. The party’s former chair Sayeeda Warsi has described the problem as “institutional”, as a steady stream of accusations against self-professed Tory members come to light.

The complaint has five main strands, including Islamophobia among MPs, hostility towards Conservative members, the scale of hostility particularly on social media, the failure of the party’s complaints process and the denial of prejudice by the party’s officers.

The above, and the fact that the MCB says its complaints have fallen on deaf ears, completely trumped the announcement about the Labour investigation.

You see, Labour has responded to complaints of anti-Semitism, working hard to resolve complaints. The party hasn’t always got it right – my own case proves that – but instances of A/S in Labour have fallen since Jeremy Corbyn became leader – and they are already lower than the national average.

Needless to say, the EHRC’s announcement about Labour was met with a roar of approval from a certain kind of Twitter user – the kind that comments with abuse from behind a veil of anonymity.

I tweeted my own advice about them, too:

It has been hugely popular.

And now the question is: What will the EHRC do?

Will it ignore the complaint about the Conservative Party and concentrate on Labour? That would indicate political – or ethnic/religious – bias, to many commentators.

This story can only become more interesting.

Source: Watchdog urged to launch inquiry into Tory Islamophobia | Politics | The Guardian

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