Labour EHRC report, conclusions.
Today has been a confusing and demoralising day to be in the Labour party.
Firstly, this isn’t Jewish people’s fault; do not direct anger or annoyance you feel at Jewish people, period.
Secondly, the report (while I’d dispute elements) is a *relatively* balanced piece of work that lays out institutional faults and failures. It’s right we apologise to Jewish members and the Jewish community for those organisational shortcomings, and it’s good things have improved.
Keir Starmer made an unequivocal apology and reassurance to Jewish brits; morally this is the right thing to do, considering the heart-breaking fraying of relations between British Jews and Labour. However, this is where myself and Mr Starmer part ways in terms of approach.
A floodgates has opened of accusations and calls for suspension of pretty much any Labour MP who associated with Corbyn, and as a result almost every socialist MP Labour has. Progressive champions like Diane Abbott are being dragged into this. Jeremy Corbyn has been suspended pending investigation for pointing out that this *real* problem was weaponised by the media. Plainly, it was. There’s ample evidence of myriad antisemitism and islamophobia in the Tory party on a greater scale.
What needs to happen from here is a party united on the issue of tackling antisemitism wherever it appears, and a reset on relations with the Jewish community. What we’ve seen instead is a descent into petty factionalism, making the story about Corbyn, and demonising and shunning of the left. Fuel has been poured on the fires and Keir Starmer has started a war within his party he may not win.
I’m appalled at the suspension and potential for others. What the inquiry puts on the table should be implemented; but the party can only move forwards united; something further away than in years.