Corbyn, Starmer and Anti-Semitism EHRC: Dedicated to Inequality

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02/12/2020 by socialistfight

EHRC Commissioner David Goodhart defends ‘hostile  environment’ measures and ‘white self-interest’

Jeremy Corbyn was suspended from the Labour party on 29 October but was reinstated on 17 November. He was given a formal warning. Two days later Kier Starmer, clearly under instructions from rabid right wingers like Margaret Hodge and the right Zionist Board of Deputies of British Jews, unconstitutionally withdrew the whip, meaning he was no longer a member of the Parliamentary party.

When challenged he claimed general secretary, David Evans had suspended him. In fact, neither Starmer nor Evans had the power to suspend him; that belonged to the NEC, who have the power to delegate, but who had NOT delegated it to Evans. And despite all the claims against Corbyn of having interfered in the disciplinary process this statement shows Starmer clearly doing so with no objection from ‘liberals’ like The Guardian or the BBC:

“those who deny there is a problem are part of the problem … Those who pretend it is all exaggerated or factional are part of the problem.”

Corbyn supporters in the party were forbidden from discussing the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) report and many were suspended for doing just that and supporting Corby’s very truthful assertion that the problem of anti-Semitism was “dramatically overstated for political reasons by our opponents inside and outside the party”.

Moreover, the report has stipulated that disciplinary cases in Labour must be conducted by an ‘independent’ (i.e. Tory) body and Starmer has agreed, gladly, to do just that by mid-January 2021. This will inevitably result in mass expulsions of leftist supporters of Corbyn, who are now, by IHRA definition, all anti-Semitic for supporting the Palestinians against the state of Israel’s genocidal assaults.

Is Labour’s Anti-Semitism  exaggerated?

Was Corbyn correct about the exaggeration? Channel 4 News, in a Fact Check, by Georgina Lee, 31 Oct 2020, reproduced the proof that he was entirely correct; the public perception was that upwards of 34% of the Labour party membership were anti-Semitic or had been charged whereas the true figure was just 0.3%.  That is the answers to the question in a poll conducted by Survation on behalf of Greg Philo, professor of Communications and Social Change at the University of Glasgow, in 2019 and contained in his book Bad News for Labour, “From what you have seen or heard, what percentage of Labour Party members do you think have had complaints of antisemitism made against them?” was 34%.

This testifies to the great success of the lying propaganda campaign orcastrated by the mass media, not least by the ‘liberal’ Guardian and the BBC, on behalf of the Labour right, the Tory establishment and the rightist Zionists organisations, the Board of Deputies, the Jewish Labour Movement, and the Campaign Against Antisemitism, in getting the public to think the problem of anti-Semitism was more than 100 time greater that it actually was.

 Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of the success rate of this lying propaganda. The following  accurately sums up his approach:

“There was no point in seeking to convert the intellectuals. For intellectuals would never be converted and would anyway always yield to the stronger, and this will always be ‘the man in the street’. Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect. Truth is unimportant and entirely subordinate to tactics and psychology.”

The Jewish Voice for Labour makes the very salient point:

“The EHRC report did not comment on the numbers of antisemitic incidents, so questioning their prevalence and the reporting of them was not, in any way, in contradiction to the report. Indeed, one of the peculiarities of the report is that it makes sweeping assertions about the scale of the problem facing the party without making any effort to estimate that scale.” ▲

We must also assess the nature of the EHRC. An article by Eddie Ford in the Weekly Worker of November 19 points out that it is simply an arm of the state; the information here is drawn from his article. The EHRC was set up by Blairite Harriet Harman in 2007 replacing the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission, resulting in a very serious deterioration in the rights of all previously covered. Blair, Brown, Cameron, May and Johnson via their ministers have appointed all its board members since them, resulting in a very right wing, pro-Tory, anti-working class body.

David Isaac was chair of the EHRC between 2016 and August 2020. He is also a partner at Pinsent Masons, which does much legal work for the government, a clear conflict of interest. But he was nor right wing enough for Boris Johnson. Another EHRC, Suzanne Baxter, joined Pinsent Masons in May 2019, Eddie Ford informs us.

David Goodhart, head of the right wing think tank Policy Exchange is another board member. Trevor Philips described him as a “liberal Powellite” (he of the ‘rivers of blood’ speech). This man, charged with defending  equality and human rights, is totally opposed to these values. He defends Teresa May’s “hostile environment” and its disastrous consequences for black people, “home office incompetence on Windrush is no reason to end the hostile environment”, he lies.

And he defends racism, saying we must distinguish between, “white racism and white identity politics” and recognising that “all groups , including whites, have legitimate cultural interests is the first step towards mutual understanding”.

And we mustn’t accuse racists of racism because “liberal reflexes to tar legitimate majority grievances with the brush of racism risks deepening western society’s cultural divides”. Oh, dear if you call racists, racists they will self-identify as racists. The exceptionally large white youth solidarity participation in the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US in particular must have been a nightmare for this utter racist bigot.

On 15 October Tory Minister Liz Truss appointed Baroness Falkner of Margravine, Kishwer Falkner, nee Khan, as Chair of the EHRC. She was raised to the House of Lords in 2004 as a LibDem and at the time was Chief Executive of the Students Partnership Worldwide.  By 14 Dec 2010 she had changed her tune and voted to raise the UK’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to a very unequal, for the poor, of  £9,000 per year.

 Jessica Butcher, a EHRC commissioner appointed by Truss on 12 November, says “victimhood narrative” disempowers women and blames #MeToo movement  for “seeing men’s reputations ruined overnight”. ▲

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