It seems the UK’s Equalities watchdog is a racist organisation. How can we believe its report on Labour?

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…

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Here’s why equalities watchdog can’t be trusted on its Labour anti-Semitism inquiry

Every day it seems clearer that the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission isn’t fit for purpose. The latest revelation comes from the watchdog’s current chair, who steps down from that role this week. David Isaac says the government is “dragging its feet” rather than tackle racism. The government is run by the Conservative Party, and he’s still the head of the organisation that refused to investigation Islamophobia in that organisation, saying the Tories could be trusted to investigate themselves. Now he’s saying the Tories can’t be trusted to implement…

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Equality watchdog has shown Starmer its report on Labour anti-Semitism: expect leak soon

The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has finished its report on allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party and sent a copy to Keir Starmer. We can expect it to be leaked soon, then. That’s only if the report is critical of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, of course. If not, we can expect the party’s right-wing factionalists to keep tight-lipped about it. It will be hard to take the report seriously in any event; the EHRC is the so-called equality organisation that refused to investigate government discrimination against sick and disabled…

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The biters bit: formal anti-semitism complaints are lodged against Starmer and his cronies

It’s good to see some people aren’t brainwashed by Keir Starmer’s misinterpretation of what constitutes anti-semitism. Starmer, along with several cronies in the Parliamentary Labour Party, has falsely accused Rebecca Long-Bailey of tweeting a link to an article containing an anti-semitic conspiracy theory. The problem is that, while the interview with Maxine Peake included a disputed claim that members of the Israeli police/military trained US police to use the choke hold that killed George Floyd, it is not anti-semitic to do so. The claim relates only to the government of…

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Equalities watchdog undermines itself by refusing to examine Tory Islamophobia

It won’t matter what the Equality and Human Rights Commission has to say about Labour and anti-Semitism now. It is clear that the organisation is not fit for purpose as, despite having “equality” as part of its title, it is incapable even of treating the UK’s two main political parties equally. Boris Johnson’s behaviour alone provides a prima facie case for investigating Islamophobia in the Conservative Party. If the EHRC can’t see that, then no decision it makes about the Labour Party can have any weight at all. I recommend that…

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Let’s use this yardstick to judge the EHRC’s inquiry into alleged Labour anti-Semitism

  We should all be indebted to Richard Snell on Facebook. He has come up with a series of questions the Equality and Human Rights Commission needs to answer, if its investigation into allegations of institutionalised anti-Semitism in the Labour Party is to be given any credence. The original post can be found here but I’ve pasted it below for posterity: This is the letter I have sent to David Isaac, Chair of the EHRC: Dear David Isaac, I am writing to you in your capacity as Chair of the…

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EHRC ‘Tory Islamophobia’ demand ruins bid to humiliate Labour on anti-Semitism

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: Jewish Leadership Council spokesman saying [email protected] investigation into possible [email protected] anti-Semitism is…

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Here’s how equality watchdog’s threatened investigation of Labour may be worthwhile

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…

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Labour forces vote demanding equality impact assessment of Tory economic policies

For information: Labour has secured a vote to force the Government to assess the impact of social security changes and fiscal measures on disadvantaged groups. The Government failed to meet Labour’s demand for the Budget to be audited on the basis of gender, race, age, disability, class and region. Other parties have now joined Labour calls for transparency, with 127 MPs from Labour, the Lib Dems, SNP and the Greens, signing Dawn Butler’s letter to Justine Greening calling for all Government policy to be assessed for their impact on disadvantaged…

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If the human rights commission is launching its own Grenfell fire inquiry, you know the Tories have gone badly wrong

How many nails do we have to hammer into the minority Tory government’s coffin before we can bury it for good? It’s no surprise that the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched an independent inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire. We know the official government inquiry is ignoring serious issues including whether the building had adequate safety measures before the fire took place. We know that government – both local and national – reacted poorly to the fire, trying to hush up information about how it happened – and…

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