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It isn’t the week of redacted reports after all; it’s the week of POSTPONED reports #FordeReport

Keir Starmer: has he sabotaged an important inquiry?

Even Martin Forde has lost track of what his inquiry is supposed to discover, I reckon.

Why else would his report – now around 18 months late – still be unfinished?

Originally intended to find out whether allegations in the leaked Labour Party report The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014-2019 were accurate, Forde was (then? later?) ordered to find out who leaked it (by Labour leader Keir Starmer).

Later still, it was stated that most of the inquiry’s aims had been dropped and it would now focus merely on the “culture” of the Labour Party – whatever that means.

No wonder Mr Forde has just reported to Labour’s National Executive Committee that his report has been delayed yet again – and won’t be available, even in redacted form, in time for the January 25, 2022 NEC meeting:

He says that the report is still only “largely” completed – is this because he has become as confused as the rest of us about what it is supposed to say?

This is potentially humorous: “We have been working extremely hard to ensure our recommendations are clear, cogent and workable.”

We’ll be the judges of that!

And isn’t it suspicious that he wishes to “place on record” that the delay has not been caused by “political interference”?

What has he been doing for the last 19 months, then?

LabourList editor Sienna Rodgers also seems to be running out of patience. She tweeted:

The reply appears to have been delayed.

In all seriousness, it is questionable whether the Forde Report – or indeed the ICO report, if it ever appears, will have any relevance at all; when the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that Labour was not institutionally anti-Semitic, in autumn 2020, it reported a factional, right-wing culture of delay in handling complaints, in order to cast false blame on the party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

So the allegations in the leaked report have been proved by the EHRC. Haven’t they?

The trouble with that is, it isn’t what Keir Starmer wants to hear.

He wants to blame the Labour left-wingers – particularly those Jewish people he has been busily expelling for no reason at all since he became party leader.

That’s why Mr Forde’s protestations of non-interference ring so hollow and his inquiry is so badly compromised. Nobody is going to believe him if he exonerates the Right and blames the Left, after the EHRC did the exact opposite.

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Is this the week of the redacted reports? #Partygate #FordeReport

All in it together: reports about Boris Johnson and Labour’s right-wing faction (to which Keir Starmer belongs) are set to be published during the week – but both Johnson and Starmer will be able to edit them before the public gets to learn anything about them that may harm their standing generally. Shouldn’t they be blocked from doing that?

Two hugely important and controversial reports are set to be released in the coming week – but it seems the authorities behind them are so worried about how they’ll be taken that they won’t let us read them in their entirety.

We’re being led to believe that the Sue Gray’s report on Partygate is likely to come out first – probably on Monday.

But the amount of detail released to the public will be decided by Boris Johnson, according to Deputy PM Dominic Raab.

That’s a perverse decision, isn’t it? He’s the one the report is about!

Worse than that is the claim that the report won’t be based on all the information that it should use, because officials at 10 Downing Street have withheld it.

It seems that, even after the Information Commissioner’s Office intervened to warn that withholding or deleting information is against the law, at least three Downing Street employees have done so – in fear.

The claim adds more damage to Johnson’s credibility, after allegations were made that his whips were blackmailing MPs into withholding letters of “no confidence” in his leadership and Nusrat Ghani said that, after she was sacked as a minister over her “Muslimness”, Johnson advised her to complain by using the wrong method.

It seems increasingly that, despite the fact that we all know what it should say, Ms Gray’s report won’t be worth the time it will take for us to hear it.

The other document that should become public – on Tuesday – is the long-awaited Forde Report into alleged mishandling of anti-Semitism claims by Labour Party officers.

This was prompted after an internal party report, The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014-2019 was leaked to the public.

It asserted that factionalism in the party – by right-wing senior managers – was responsible for failures to properly handle allegations of racism and anti-Semitism (a claim that has been corroborated to a great extent by the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s report on claims that the party was institutionally anti-Semitic).

The report was originally due in early 2021. After being delayed for an entire year, it is expected to go before members of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee on Tuesday (January 25).

But any copy of it that is seen by the public is likely to appear only in edited form.

For any member of the public, the editing of both reports raises the same concern: what do Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have to hide?

Both these reports are on matters of public interest; we deserve to have the facts.

But they both cover activities that could reflect poorly on the prime minister and the Labour leader, respectively.

Shouldn’t they be prevented from having anything to do with these documents before they are published in full?

Source: Dominic Raab refuses to confirm full publication of Sue Gray partygate report | Boris Johnson | The Guardian

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Forde inquiry into leaked Labour anti-Semitism report delayed – but does it matter?

Jeremy Corbyn: the Forde Inquiry could have exonerated him from any implications of support for anti-Semitism but it seems to have been gagged from doing so.

Martin Forde QC’s report on the leaked report into the way anti-Semitism was handled by Labour Party officers has been delayed. But does it really matter after its focus was watered down to almost nothing?

Mr Forde told Labour’s National Executive Committee he was delaying his report to avoid prejudicing an inquiry by the Information Commissioner’s Office into whether the leak breached data protection laws.

But is this really likely, considering that the Forde Inquiry is apparently now focused only on examining “the structure, culture and practices of the Labour Party”.

It had originally been charged with some much more interesting and worthwhile purposes.

But in an all-but-ignored announcement last summer, Mr Forde announced that he would not, after all, “investigate and report on the truth or otherwise of the main allegations in the report”.

This was the inquiry’s most important purpose. The report had produced a mountain of evidence which, if true, cleared Corbyn of claims that he had been complacent on anti-Semitism.

Instead, it implicated party officials who had been among his fiercest critics with claims that they actively worked to prevent the party as led by Corbyn from winning a general election.

If the claims were found to be true, then claims that Corbyn and his supporters were soft on – or even supported – anti-Semitism would have been exposed as primarily a witch-hunt.

But now, nobody is checking the basic accuracy of the report at all.

Also ditched was the requirement to investigate why the report was written and how it was leaked.

So it seems there is little point in being concerned about when the Forde Report will be released. It simply won’t provide any information worth waiting for.

Source: Labour: Report into anti-Semitism dossier leak delayed – BBC News

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Hysteria as ONE poll puts Starmer Labour level with Tories. Why isn’t he 20 points ahead?

No answers: Starmer’s Labour is level in the polls because of Tory incompetence, not because of anything he has done. His own decisions could force his ejection from the party leadership within a few short months.

Apparently The Guardian reckons Keir Starmer’s Labour Party has gained 26 points in the opinion polls to draw level with the Conservatives on 40 each. This is nonsense. In fact, I think it’s a flat-out lie.

My reasoning is obvious: Labour has not fallen to 14 points on the opinion polls this year. When Starmer took over as leader, I am reliably informed the party stood on 32 points.

So, if The Guardian was right, Labour should now be 18 points ahead. And that’s still not the 20 points ahead that Labour right-wing cuckoos said Jeremy Corbyn should have been, when he was Labour leader!

Who wrote that nonsense for the Graun and how do they justify their paycheques?

And consider this: while Labour as a party is said to be level with the Tories in this outlier poll by Opinium…

… Starmer himself has fallen behind Johnson. It is a matter of days since Starmer’s adherents were claiming his critics should shut up because a poll had put Starmer above Johnson as preferred PM while Labour was several points behind the Tories.

They want to have it both ways, and it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

Labour’s current – only average – showing is due to the incompetence and greed of Boris Johnson and his Tory cronies, who are clearly to be seen cashing in on the Covid-19 crisis when they should be doing everything they can to help the citizens of the UK.

And it’s not going to last – because Starmer’s decisions are catching up with him.

So we see in Labour Heartlands that genuine left-winger and film director Ken Loach wants to know Starmer’s involvement in the Julian Assange case:

As DPP, Sir Keir Starmer tempered his supposed love of liberty by fast-tracking the extradition of Julian Assange (a process now making its way through the courts). He flouted legal precedents by advising Swedish lawyers not to question Assange in Britain: a decision that prolonged the latter’s legal purgatory, denied closure to his accusers in Sweden, and sealed his fate before a US show trial. Leaked emails from August 2012 show that, when the Swedish legal team expressed hesitancy about keeping Assange’s case open, Sir Keir’s office replied: ‘Don’t you dare get cold feet’.

Documents released under Freedom of Information requests to Italian magazine La Repubblica confirm the very close relationship between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Sweden in the Julian Assange case. The files contain hundreds of mostly redacted emails sent over a five-year period. But according to one authoritative source, the number of CPS documents relating to the case may be much greater than has so far been disclosed.

In May 2017, the Swedish authorities announced they had ceased all remaining investigations into alleged sexual assault by WikiLeaks founder Assange. But the Metropolitan Police arrest warrant for skipping bail would remain in force. Subsequently, Assange’s legal team sought a ruling that the Met warrant should be rescinded, but the court ruled otherwise.

This case is one of the great political cases of the century, as John McDonnell recently said. It’s a defining case for the left, and Sir Keir Starmer has taken the most conservative position imaginable.

This is what Labour Party members can expect from a Starmer leadership: unquestioning loyalty to the establishment on both sides of the Atlantic.

And then we have the matter of the Labour Payout – the £600,000 that Starmer handed over to a group of right-wing factionalists who are no longer working for Labour but who made extravagant claims about anti-Semitism and Jeremy Corbyn, while apparently doing all they could to sabotage the party’s chances at election (according to a now-infamous leaked Labour report).

One part of those allegations involved the diversion of 2017 election funds away from target seats to safe seats in a move that was hidden from Corbyn. Former elections director Patrick Heneghan was said to be responsible for this and he has now published his attempts at self-justification in response to the inquiry into that leaked report.

His response has been picked apart in a 14-tweet thread by Steve Howell, who also worked on Labour’s General Election Campaign Committee (GECC). I make no apology for including those tweets here, so we all have access to them:

(Oh yeah, let’s have the rest of that previous thread as well:)

It is clear that Heneghan did siphon off Labour campaign money that could have been used to win the seats needed to form a government in 2017 – without the knowledge of the party leader – and it is entirely possible that this action prevented Labour from winning that year’s election.

So why did Starmer give a huge amount of money to the people who threatened to take Labour to court over it? It seems clear they did not have a case.

Put these matters together – along with any others that you care to mention – and one thing seems clear:

Keir Starmer’s position as Labour leader is on borrowed time. He may not last long after the Forde report is published.

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