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Boris Johnson’s Tory racism inquiry has stalled – and he’s demanding moral authority over us

Of course, it would have helped if Boris Johnson wasn’t such an extreme racist himself.

Look at the state of this:

An inquiry into racism in the Conservative Party has yet to begin eight months after it was launched by Boris Johnson, prompting protests that it has been “kicked into the long grass”.

The investigation has still not issued a call for evidence – three months after that was promised – amid criticism of the academic chosen to lead it and doubts over the resources made available.

Johnson persuaded the Equality and Human Rights Commission not to investigate Tory racism because the party was going to carry out its own inquiry, if you remember.

That in itself was hypocritical of the EHRC, which was then investigating Labour anti-Semitism even though that party had carried out multiple inquiries of its own – and shows the level to which that organisation has become just another arm of the Conservative Party.

Now we see that the Tories have done nothing. Perhaps they are worried about the public relations disaster that such an inquiry would create.

Meanwhile, Johnson is throwing his weight around, claiming the rest of us have a “moral duty” to do as he tells us.

But we live in a “leadership by example” world now; if our leaders and their friends don’t meet their own standards, then there’s no reason we should pay any attention to them.

Dominic Cummings’s trip to Barnard Castle and the wholesale discarding of adherence to lockdown rules is a prime example of that.

Boris Johnson has no moral authority. And without it, he has no authority as a leader.

Source: Anger as Boris Johnson’s Tory racism inquiry yet to start eight months after he launched it | The Independent

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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 policies designed to tackle racism when they have the full weight of the civil service helping them – so how can they be trusted to hold an internal inquiry?

The Tory government reckons it has implemented 16 recommendations from a 2017 report on racism by the Labour MP David Lammy – but Lammy himself says this is untrue and only six have been put into practise.

It seems clear that the EHRC should have looked into Tory Islamophobia – and indeed all Tory racism.

And remember: even though Labour has been actively and publicly implementing policies to counter anti-Semitism, the EHRC still decided to investigate that organisation!

So it seems our equality organisation is hopelessly unbalanced.

And there are even suggestions that the EHRC itself is riddled with racism:

In this context it seems impossible to expect the report on allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party to be fair.

It will reflect the prejudices of those members of the EHRC who have taken part in an exercise that, while claiming to be an investigation, may prove to be more like an inquisition.

A draft of the EHRC report has already been seen by Keir Starmer, but we won’t be able to read it until the autumn, after Labour has had a chance to respond to its findings.

Here, again, we must expect no fairness; Labour under Starmer is using the shadow of anti-Semitism to purge the party of innocent members whose only crime is to believe in left-wing ideals of fairness, peace and – risibly – equality.

I could be wrong, of course. We may all be pleasantly surprised. But I doubt it.

Source: Boris Johnson’s government ‘dragging its feet’ on tackling racism says watchdog chief – Mirror Online

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Equalities watchdog undermines itself by refusing to examine Tory Islamophobia

Boris Johnson’s comments about the clothes worn by Muslim women are only part of the huge volume of Islamophobia and racial hatred he has tried to stir up on his own – but the EHRC is happy to let the Tories investigate accusations against the party.

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 it be disbanded and replaced by an organisation staffed by people who can do the job properly.

The Conservative Party will not face a probe by the equalities watchdog over Islamophobia in its ranks after launching its own independent investigation into discrimination.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said an investigation “would not be proportionate” after the Tories published the terms of reference for the party’s own inquiry, which included specific mentions of Islamophobia.

But the terms were described as a “facade” by the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), which argued the Tories’ investigation was too narrow even compared to Labour’s much-criticised Chakrabarti inquiry into anti-Semitism.

The inquiry would “hide the hundreds of incidences of Islamophobic bigotry” in the Tory party identified by the MCB, it said.

Source: Tories Will Not Face Islamophobia Probe By Equalities Watchdog | HuffPost UK

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A taste of his own treatment: cheerleader for Labour ‘anti-Semitism’ expulsions targeted as Islamophobe

Trevor Phillips: Prejudiced? Or the victim of a prejudicial system? Or both?

Should I be happy that Trevor Phillips has been suspended from the Labour Party over allegations that he’s an Islamophobe?

Sure, as a former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, it casts doubt on the ability of that organisation to carry out inquiries into discrimination of any kind. Who knows who else may be prejudiced?

And as someone who has been outspoken about claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, the suspension casts doubt on everything he has had to say on the subject.

But then, Labour hasn’t exactly distinguished itself with its ability to tell genuine accusations from false alarms.

My own case is a perfect example; expelled from the party on the basis of false accusations, I’m taking Labour to court and expect to get a result in my favour on May 26.

So, with regard to its failure to carry out any impartial investigation, it’s arguable that Phillips had a point when he called Labour a “brutish, authoritarian cult”.

The bottom line, though, is that a man who had no problem at all with the persecution of innocent people at the hands of that cult is now to experience first-hand exactly how that “bruthish, authoritarian cult” behaves.

Innocent or guilty, I think the process will prove informative.

Source: Trevor Phillips suspended from Labour over Islamophobia allegations – BBC News

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Is EHRC too busy scrabbling for anti-Semitism in Labour to bother with obvious Tory Islamophobia?

Islamophobia: the creator of this image thought it was bad enough in the Tories under Theresa May. Now, with racist Boris Johnson in charge, who knows how far the rot has gone?

How long has the Equalities and Human Rights Commission been looking for anti-Semitism in the Labour Party now? A year?

Either it is very well hidden – which would be odd, considering the number of (admittedly mostly false) claims made against the party – or the EHRC is determined not to stop until it has managed to concoct a convincing case.

It doesn’t fill one with confidence in that organisation.

And now we see that the EHRC is trying to squirm out of handling 300 documented cases of Islamophobia – in the Conservative Party.

Does anybody else smell a rat?

According to the Mirror, the dossier handed to the EHRC – by the Muslim Council of Britain – contains information about 16 Conservative MPs, one MEP, nine election candidates and 183 party members.

That’s 209 people, so presumably some are multiple offenders. I wonder if Boris Johnson is listed among them?

The allegations include:

  • A former councillor calling for “unconditional surrender” by Muslims, who they label “brutes who beat, kill and maim young women”;

  • A local party association chair who called for Muslims to be banned;

  • A member who called for Muslims to be thrown from bridges;

  • Another member who called for the forcible sterilisation of Muslims.

The MCB also condemns the Conservative Party’s failure to suspend MP Daniel Kawczynski after he spoke at an event alongside far-right leaders, and for failing to take action on MP Karl McCartney, who shared Islamophobic and anti-Semitic social media content by Tommy Robinson and Katie Hopkins.

Secretary General Harun Khan said the EHRC had failed to give any response to the MCB’s first formal complaint in May 2019, and says it was ‘extraordinary’ that the watchdog had taken no action in the 10 months since.

“There is no doubt that the Conservative party has an Islamophobia crisis: it is institutional, systemic and widespread” he said,

“The party’s response has been one of denial, dismissal and deceit – this results in clear discrimination against Muslims because of their religion”

The EHRC says it is waiting for information about a promised internal inquiry by the Conservative Party, which it is claiming will be “independent” even though it is to be carried out within the party structure.

This Writer can only wish them good luck with that. We’re all also awaiting publication of the report on Russian influence on the Conservative government, and on Boris Johnson’s relationship with Jennifer Arcuri.

Wise heads think it won’t just be a cold day in Hell, but their subjects may actually have taken up residence there before these reports are published.

Former Tory-supporting columnist Peter Oborne thinks – well, see for yourself:

In his article, he wrote:

The problem stretches from the lowest ranks of the Tory party to the very top. There is a massive problem with Islamophobic bigotry among Tory grassroots, where the MCB has provided a list of more than 100 cases.

Party members, councillors and officials have repeatedly made disgusting statements about Muslims, calling for them to leave the country, making provocative insults about the Prophet Muhammad and peddling malicious lies.

This should not come as any surprise to anyone, since poll results published by the anti-racist organisation Hope Not Hate last year showed that more than half of Conservative members thought Islam was “generally a threat to the British way of life”.

I’ve written before about Bob Blackman, the Conservative MP for Harrow East, who shared an anti-Muslim post by Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League; hosted the anti-Muslim Tapan Ghosh, the right-wing Hindu nationalist; and shared far-right and Islamophobic content on Facebook.

Anti-Muslim bigotry is not a barrier to promotion. Nadine Dorries, who also shared a tweet by Robinson, is now a health minister. This is no surprise, given that Johnson himself has a long record of making anti-Muslim remarks.

Tellingly, Johnson is surrounded by Islamophobes. Dominic Cummings, his most senior advisor, reportedly had overall responsibility for The Spectator website in 2006, according to Stuart Reid, the magazine’s acting editor at the time, when a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban was posted on the site.

One of Johnson’s up-and-coming advisors is Chloe Westley. She praised Anne Marie Waters, leader of the anti-Islam party For Britain, as a “hero”, even though Waters has called Islam “evil” and also has links to Robinson.

But he made a very important point: the UK’s mass media are ignoring this story:

I could find nothing at all about the MCB report in the Financial Times or Daily Telegraph. There were seven paragraphs on page 16 of the Times and 11 paragraphs on page 7 of the Guardian. Nothing in the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, or the Sun.

Most British newspapers are as Islamophobic as the Conservative Party itself, and in some cases, more so. This means they are effectively giving Johnson and his senior advisers and ministers a free pass to reshape the Tory party as a far-right, populist organisation of the type we already know too well on continental Europe.

It shows how the media have been manipulating your opinions and – by proxy – the actions of organisations like the EHRC.

The papers kicked up a huge fuss about the imaginary crisis of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party (where I doubt if even 200 genuine cases have been found among a membership of more than half a million in the past four years).

But their silence over 300 evidenced cases of Islamophobia in the Conservative Party, which is much smaller than Labour, means few people know about it and any outcry is therefore minimised.

So the EHRC can say there’s no real demand for it to investigate, despite the fact that, in real terms, it is a bigger issue.

Source: EHRC Condemned For ‘Failure’ To Act On Tory Islamophobia

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Boris Johnson believes Islamophobia is a ‘natural reaction’ to Muslims. Let’s vote this racist OUT

Boris Johnson’s comments about the clothes worn by Muslim women are only part of the huge volume of Islamophobia and racial hatred he has tried to stir up.

While everybody is being misdirected into looking for anti-Semitism where it doesn’t exist in the Labour Party, we have a prime minister who advocates hatred against Muslims.

Boris Johnson really is a disgusting piece of work, isn’t he? And his lapdogs in the mainstream media are desperately trying to push us into voting for him.

I wouldn’t believe a word from any of them.

In 2005, Johnson wrote in the Spectator that he believed it was only “natural” for the public to be scared of Islam.

“To any non-Muslim reader of the Koran, Islamophobia — fear of Islam — seems a natural reaction, and, indeed, exactly what that text is intended to provoke,” he wrote.

“Judged purely on its scripture — to say nothing of what is preached in the mosques — it is the most viciously sectarian of all religions in its heartlessness towards unbelievers.”

In the wake of the London bombings, he also questioned the loyalty of British Muslims and insisted that the country must accept that “Islam is the problem.”

Boris Johnson was last year reported to the Equalities Commission after comparing Muslim women who wear burqas to “letter boxes” and bank robbers.

He’s not my prime minister. He is racist filth.

Source: Boris Johnson said that Islamophobia is a ‘natural reaction’ to Islam – Business Insider

Tory Islamophobia split: Johnson whitewashes, Hancock whitesplains and gaslights

Matt Hancock: After his blunder over GP numbers, I wrote: “Fanfare the falsehood, then quietly retract it later. Is that the plan?” Strangely enough, it’s possible that those words apply here too.

What a shame for the Tories that the naked Islamophobia in their party has reared up in the run-up to the general election!

And after all the work flogging the dead cat of Labour anti-Semitism by their friends in the mainstream media too.

First, Boris Johnson said there would be no inquiry into Tory Islamophobia before Christmas (note the tasteless use of a Christian festival there), in what seems clearly an attempt to whitewash racism out of his party’s election campaign.

Then Baroness Warsi – who has campaigned to expose Islamophobia in the Conservatives for years – tweeted her response:

And then health secretary Matt Hancock – who has already lied about the number of GPs coming into the NHS – “whitesplained” away the possibility of such racism in the Tory Party.

Responding to Baroness Warsi, he said: “Well look, I like Sayeeda. She has a particular view on this, there are others who take a more balanced approach.”

Asked if he was saying she was “unbalanced”, Hancock replied: “No, I’m certainly not saying that. I have an enormous amount of respect for Sayeeda but she does take a particular view.”

Way to make things worse, Matty-boy!

Zelo Street‘s Tim Fenton was similarly nonplussed: “Bloody hell, I never heard being soft on racism called “more balanced” before.”

And he had more to say about the interview than The Independent, which omitted the fact that, as Mr Fenton puts it, Mr Hancock put his other foot in his mouth too:

“‘There needs to be an inquiry of course, but of course you should look into all kinds of prejudice … I think that this is something that any responsible party always needs to be on the look-out for.‘ Yes, he did indeed choose to keep his mouth open while inserting the other foot. The double standards are blatant.

“Just imagine what the response would have been if that had been a senior Labour figure and anti-Semitism allegations.”

He also quoted Labour’s Afzal Khan: “This gaslighting of Baroness Warsi’s experience and expertise within the Tory Party is a clear example of that racism in action.”

Still, BoJob has committed to an inquiry into all kinds of prejudice in the Tory Party… at some indeterminate point in the future.

So I’ll leave you with these words, again from the Zelo Street article:

“As all kinds of prejudice will be considered, perhaps Bozo would like to include Jacob Rees Mogg’s use of the anti-Semitic “Illuminati” and “Soros” dog whistles, Michael “Oiky” Gove conflating “Jews” and “Israel”, Priti Patel talking of a “North London metropolitan liberal elite”, and Jake Berry shouting “Britain First” at Jeremy Corbyn in the Commons.”

So much prejudice among just a few Conservative ministers! Who knows what sickness the others are hiding?

Source: Tory Islamophobia row: Warsi accuses Hancock of ‘whitesplaining’ | News | The Guardian

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Conservative members are suspended over allegedly Islamophobic posts – what about Boris Johnson?

Boris Johnson’s comments about the clothes worn by Muslim women may be considered Islamophobic. As other Tories are suspended, is he immune to criticism just because he happens to have got himself elected Tory leader – and prime minister by default?

This is welcome, but we’ve been here before. Will these Tories have their memberships restored after a fortnight?

And in case anybody has forgotten, all the Tory leadership candidates – including new PM Boris Johnson – agreed to an independent inquiry into Tory Islamophobia –

But then, Mr Johnson has committed blatantly Islamophobic acts himself. Will he really authorise an investigation that may condemn him?

A number of Conservative Party members have been suspended for posting or endorsing Islamophobic material online.

The BBC highlighted over 20 new cases to the party, who said all those found to be members who shared or supported anti-Muslim posts on Twitter and Facebook were suspended immediately.

However, the officials would not reveal the exact number of members suspended.

A Conservative spokesman said the party was now “establishing the terms” of an investigation into the wider issue.

Perhaps those terms will exclude examination of Mr Johnson’s behaviour.

Source: Islamophobia: Conservative Party members suspended over posts – BBC News

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Are the Conservatives backpedalling on plans for an investigation into Islamophobia AGAIN?

Boris Johnson’s comments about the clothes worn by Muslim women may be considered Islamophobic. Is this why he seems to be rowing back on his offer of an independent inquiry into anti-Islam behaviour among Tories?

The Conservative government won’t want anybody to know it is going back on its new leader’s promise of an independent inquiry into Islamophobia in the party.

So please make sure as many people as possible get to read the following:

The new Conservative chair, James Cleverly, has been strongly criticised after apparently reneging on a promise given for an independent inquiry focusing on Islamophobia in the party.

Boris Johnson backed the proposal along with the four other candidates still in the race when it was raised by Sajid Javid during the BBC Tory leadership debate in June.

In an interview on Sunday, Cleverly said there would be an independent inquiry but he did not explicitly confirm that it would be be specific to Islamophobia rather than a general inquiry into racism.

Subsequently, a party source told the Guardian that the party was considering options for “an investigation into all types of prejudice and discrimination”, rather than the Islamophobia-specific one that the Muslim Council of Britain has been calling for.

A more generalised inquiry into racism may be able to marginalise concerns about Islamophobia in a way that would not be possible if it was the focus of investigations.

The Tories should not be allowed to get away with these constant betrayals.

Source: New Tory chair appears to renege on promise of Islamophobia inquiry | Politics | The Guardian

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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 Equality and Human Rights Commission.
I am writing on my own behalf and do not represent any group or organisation.
I understand that the EHRC is now investigating allegations of anti-Semitism within the Labour Party. I read that the EHRC will investigate among other things ‘whether unlawful acts have been committed by the Party or its employees or agents.’
That being so, may I hope that it bases its inquiry on the historical definition of anti-Semitism which is a hatred of all Jews and of the whole of Jewish religion and culture, a definition which does not concern itself with any one state and does not discriminate between the different denominations or branches of the Jewish people?
I point this out because the allegations of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party are being made by certain of its members who wish to protect Israel from the criticisms which have followed on from its actions in Palestine. These see fit to associate in the public mind the contemporary and specific criticisms of the modern state of Israel with the long tradition of anti-Semitism which I have described above.
It was to ensure that this equation was regularised that the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism was formulated.
I feel therefore it is vital that the EHRC ignores the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism in this context as being politically-motivated, permitting the suppression of criticism of Israel and diverting attention away from the genuine problems many Jews face as they have always faced regardless of their allegiance or lack of it to Israel.
I am myself a Jew, and feel this strongly.
All this being said, then may I also hope that the EHRC asks the following questions in the course of its investigation, questions inspired by the kinds of actions historically taken against Jews by those who oppose them simply because they are Jews, i.e. by genuine anti-Semites?

1. Have any Jews been required to identify themselves as Jews in their application to join the Party?

2. Have any Jews been excluded from the Party on the sole grounds that they are Jewish?

3. Have any Jews been required by the Party to carry or wear something which specifically identifies them as being Jewish?

4. Have any Jews been denied access to meetings, committees or conferences on the sole grounds that they are Jews?

5. Have any Jews been denied the right to stand as officers for, speak at, or in any other way contribute to meetings, committees or conferences, on the sole grounds they are Jews?

6. Have any Jewish officers been denied promotion within the Labour Party on the sole grounds that they are Jewish?

7. Have any Jews been denied membership of the NEC on the sole grounds that they are Jewish?

8. Have any Jews been denied the right to stand as Parliamentary candidates on the sole grounds that they are Jewish?

9. Have any Jews been denied the right to cabinet status on the sole grounds that they are Jewish?

10. Have any Jews ever been denied the right to stand for the Party leadership on the sole grounds that they are Jewish?

11. Is there any part of the Party’s constitution which includes Jews among those social classes of which the Labour Party is critical?

12. Are there any rules in the Party’s rule-book which are specific to Jews, both regarding how they must or must not behave and what kinds of discriminatory actions should be taken against them?

13. Have any representatives of the Party been permitted by the Party to speak or write against Jews in any public forum, or in so doing have claimed that they are speaking on the Party’s behalf?

I am strongly of the opinion that these questions must be asked and answered if the desire of the EHRC is genuinely one of establishing whether or not there is real anti-Semitism in the Party, as against anti-Zionism, which relates only to the state of Israel, does not reflect on the Jewish people as a whole, and is the accepted position of many Jews, including Jewish members of the Labour Party.
Thank you for your consideration,
Yours sincerely,
Richard Snell

While we’re at it, it seems the EHRC has also been asked to investigate Islamophobia in the Conservative Party.

How’s that going?

https://twitter.com/LeeFromSwindon/status/1151503332768387074

While I’d need more evidence to agree that Pinsent Masons is a Conservative law firm, I do wonder…

Why is it taking so long for this investigation to get started?

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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