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A common tactic among right-wingers, when a document is about to be published or a claim made that attacks them, is to undermine the validity of the issuer of that document in some way beforehand.
We’ve seen that happen many times over the last few years, haven’t we?
Often the critical claims have been proved untrue later. Consider all the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn.
Now, with the Equality and Human Rights Commission soon to release its report on alleged anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, that organisation is being buried under a flood of bad publicity.
But it seems unlikely that these claims will be quite as easy to dismiss.
Here’s Chris Williamson: he was the victim of a huge vilification campaign by many of his colleagues on the Labour benches after he made perfectly reasonable comments about the party’s attitude to anti-Semitism complaints in a speech.
The EHRC report comments on his case, and this means he has been allowed to see it in advance. From his response, it seems clear that the organisation has drawn a false conclusion:
I've been named in the EHRC's Draft Report into antisemitism in @UKLabour. The EHRC wants to smear our movement.
I've assembled a legal team to fight this, but I need your support to help meet the £10,000 costs.
— Chris Williamson (@DerbyChrisW) July 29, 2020
He is right to start crowdfunding now. By the time the report comes out – hopefully – he will have raised the funds he needs and will be able to launch his proceedings immediately.
Clearly, he’s not making a wild accusation; people don’t take others to court frivolously unless they want to be penalised for vexatious litigation (Rachel Riley take note).
It seems the EHRC has already lost any credibility in claims of racism against other people and organisations, though; it has just been revealed that it removed its only black and Muslim commissioners in what the two people involved consider a clear act of racism:
Baroness Meral Hussein-Ece, who at the time was the only Muslim commissioner and Lord Simon Woolley who was the only black commissioner, both lost their positions in November 2012.
At present, it has no black or Muslim members among its board of ten commissioners, which also includes the chair.
“We were too loud for what the new coalition government wanted,” Lord Woolley told Newsweek.
“Our job as commissioners was to do exactly what they were supposed to do, to raise the fundamental issues of tackling race inequality in education, in health, in employment, within the criminal justice system and I saw that as my central role, but it was made very quickly aware to me that that strong voice was not wanted.
“They [the government] didn’t want the voices that challenge the big structural inequalities, which of course is the raison d’être of the commission, and then to work out plans to use its powers to demand change.”
Baroness Hussein-Ece said that she too feared that being vocal about issues of race worked against her.
She said: “We were the ones who spoke more about race. Race equality generally was put on the back burner during that period.”
She described the decision not to reappoint herself and Lord Woolley at the time as an “appalling” thing to do.
“We were told to apply for the next term because it’s a four-year term, our performance was deemed good, and that we should reapply,” she said.
“When we did reapply, we were told we weren’t even shortlisted.”
She also said that she was told by the Equalities Office at the time that more commissioners from business backgrounds were desirable.
The revelation – take note that it came out into the open this week, not in 2012 – has sparked a wave of outrage on the social media (and silence in the Tory-supporting, racist mainstream media). Judge for yourself if the comments are valid:
The much vaunted “race card” can’t even get you a job in the “diversity industry” at the EHRC I have to LAUGH
— marcus (@marcusjdl) July 28, 2020
The EHRC is a conservative racket, and an actively racist organisation. The idea it’s some neutral arbiter of racism is beyond a joke. It’s an insult to us all. https://t.co/Uc2NQlVFJi
— Kerry-Anne Mendoza (@TheMendozaWoman) July 28, 2020
Those same commissioners did nothing about the avoidable deaths of disabled people due to Tory policies. 130K deaths, avoidable deaths due to Tory policies after a FOI request submitted in November 2015 by @MidWalesMike those numbers have more than tripled now and with Covid 1/ https://t.co/qaqdUnkv3P
— ♿️🇵🇸💚⬛🔸🕷️🕸️⚫️MaiaB (@MaiaBug2010) July 30, 2020
Always the way, those who shout the most can never walk the walk when needed.
— Alex Braithwaite#BlackLivesMatter#CorbynWasRight🌹 (@labourblackrose) July 28, 2020
Remember this when the usual screamers start baying about Labour being guilty of anti-Semitism, simply because the EHRC is investigating; when the organisation itself is racist, its pronunciations on discrimination mean nothing.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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