By George Holt
"The Labour party are much more interested in appearing to be diverse for political point-scoring, rather than making meaningful change to achieve true equality."
After years of criticism and accusations of doing nothing about racism in its ranks & membership; and after defections & resignations of its own MPs citing the failure of the party to get to grips with this issue, the Equality and Human Rights Commission opened an investigation into the Labour Party to get to the bottom of the situation and has already started issuing draft recommendations to the party leader. As you may have guessed, this is the story of the Labour party and the anti-Semitic infestation that has plagued their party. The Labour party’s failure to deal with anti-Semitism has made a mockery of a once-respected party, alienated their voters, caused the defection of 10 MPs, led to the disgusting treatment of Jewish staff & members and was part of the reason the electorate castigated them in the 2019 General Election.
It is true that the Conservative Party were once planned to be reviewed too, but the EHRC dropped those plans after the party committed to an independent enquiry. It is also true that the Labour party had an “independent” enquiry in 2016. This enquiry was led by Shami Chakrabarti, who shortly after starting her enquiry, decided to join the Labour Party, then got appointed to the House of Lords and promoted to the shadow cabinet by Jeremy Corbyn. I would hardly call that independent, how could you trust a member of the shadow cabinet to lead an independent enquiry? So it’s fair to say that Labour never took the issue of anti-Semitism seriously in the Corbyn years, and we’ll have to wait and see if Sir Keir Starmer has got the guts needed to take on his own party and resolve this emetic issue once and for all.