Labour’s doing another report; it’s going to explain why the party was soundly beaten in 2019’s general election.
This time Ed Miliband is in charge and it won’t need to aim that high to improve on Chakrabarti. Even so the signs aren’t promising.
In the meantime, and since beginning to write this article, another report on Labour’s disaster, this time anonymous, has been leaked under an NEC heading. (Let’s call it B in case yet another appears). B is a scrappy exercise in blaming anybody but Corbyn and his toadies. Claiming to be ‘factual’ it says ‘Labour was unfairly painted’; the public was ‘confused’; activists were ‘disorientated’ and
‘It is deeply regrettable that the Party was unable to convince the public that we were dealing effectively with the deplorable incidence of antisemitic views among a small section of the membership’:
NEW: Here is the Labour Party's official report into the 2019 general election in full
The confidential document blames Brexit, media attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and a failure to persuade voters it was tackling anti-semitism
— Gabriel Pogrund (@Gabriel_Pogrund) January 29, 2020
Referring to the brewing Miliband report (A) The Guardian says:
responses so far reflect the big issues of this election: leadership, Brexit, antisemitism and the role of media.
Those preparing the Miliband report claim they are ‘listening’ to people.
But here are ten reasons why, unless the Corbyn culture changes utterly, the research will be a waste of time and not much better than Chakrabarti. That’s because recent history suggests that the likelihood of Corbyn legacy Labour listening to and processing the truth is zero.
1. Under Corbyn et al thousands have left the party since the peak of Ed Miliband’s rule change and bargain basement membership fees. Lifelong members have written resignation letters citing antisemitism, Brexit and the leadership. Labour has ignored them.
My new book Forced Out is a collection of resignation letters all citing antisemitism but also including Brexit and the leadership. The letters date from 2016 up to the announcement of the election in 2019 and there’s also concise background material. Labour needs only to read these letters to find out why they lost so badly. Indeed, if only they’d read and processed them as they were written….https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B082DJ1LHD/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Forced+Out+Labour+Antisemitism&qid=1575581887&sr=8-1
The half hour companion film is here, with more shocking evidence of bullying: https://youtu.be/b4f_TexfjbI
2. Labour’s intention not to listen was evident in 2016 when Tom Bower in Dangerous Hero describes how Corbyn instructed Chakrabarti to make her report ‘bland’.
Chakrabarti’s report of 2016 opens by saying Labour wasn’t ‘overrun by antisemitism’. Since 2019 Corbyn’s Labour has been under investigation by the EHRC for institutional antisemitism; the EHRC doesn’t proceed without the strongest evidential basis.(Incidentally the leaked report B doesn’t mention the EHRC )
3. In 2016 Chakrabarti and Feldman ‘listened’ to people who gave verbal experiences of Labour AS but no verbatim records were kept. This was revealed because of evidence shown to me by Mike Fryer and subsequently covered in the Times (London) 1st June 2019 headlined:
Whitewash inquiry into Labour antisemitism did not keep full notes of evidence” https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/whitewash-inquiry-did-not-keep-full-notes-of-evidence-v9997rnzg
4. Chakrabarti invited submissions to the written inquiry. Here are five examples she chose to acknowledge in the final report:
- MEND alleged to have Islamist links;
- Friends of Al Aksa, support Hamas, advocate destruction of Israel;
- IHRC, pro Iranian, organises Al Quds Day, dedicated to destruction of Israel;
- Free Speech on Israel – antizionist group who, at 2017’s Labour conference, hosted Miko Peled asking ‘whether people should be allowed to question if the Holocaust happened.’ (Jewish News 20th August 2018
- Members Riverside CLP – contains members who conducted a vicious and antisemitic bullying campaign against Dame Louise Ellman whilst she was their MP.
5. Chakrabarti’s Report failed to reference submissions from leading experts on left antisemitism. I dug out missing submissions and published them in Whitewashed. Their writers include: Luke Akehurst; Lesley Klaff; Baroness Ruth Deech; Eve Garrard; Richard Gold; David Hirsh and Howard Jacobson
Read them here:
Whitewashed film here:
6. Since Jeremy Corbyn took over in 2015 Labour’s ills have been exposed by courageous whistle blowers. Official spokesmen have denied their evidence and slanders against the whistleblowers have been unchecked. Labour has continuously failed to support those who fight the growth of Labour AS from within; they’re labelled as liars; their reputations are attacked; and they are accused of being in the pay of Israel. Instead of welcoming them, Labour has stood by and worse; they endangered then MP Luciana Berger when they didn’t inform her of a death threat; the party’s failed disciplinary procedures have resulted in bullies remaining in the party whilst brave and principled members, like those included in Forced Out, continue to be abandoned, with no option remaining but to leave the party.
7. Post election, leadership contender Rebecca Long Bailey has given Corbyn a perfect score of 10/10. Emily Thornberry claims Corbyn stands against prejudice. What does this say about their listening skills?
8. Richard Burgon, standing for deputy leader, was a bit confused about whether or not he said ‘Zionism is the enemy of peace’. Actually he did, proving he can’t even listen to himself.
9. Social media groups claiming to speak in Corbyn’s name are still spewing antisemitism. See @GillianLazarus on Twitter who has uncovered countless examples.
10. To repeat: the EHRC is investigating Labour for instititional antisemitism. This is a result of the Labour Party leadership’s past and ongoing failure to listen, to take responsibility for, and to take action against, the injustices over which they’ve presided.
Those of us who care about the future of UK’s Jews; the UK’s democracy, and the implosion of the Labour Party, have been listening, watching and recording. We are waiting for the official EHRC report but the Jewish Labour Movement; Labour against Antisemitism; Campaign against Antisemitism; Whitewashed and other activists, know what Labour has become under Corbyn because the EHRC is working from the evidence we all submitted to them.
We know that Corbyn’s Labour crushed itself all by itself in December 2019’s general election.
Forced Out will be showing in Manchester, February, and London, March, each time followed by panel discussions including eminent Labour members who’ve had to leave Labour because of antisemitism. More showings are planned.
If you’d like tickets and/or would like to arrange a local showing with a panel, please contact Judith via Times of Israel link or pm me on Facebook.
Forced Out, is directed by Andrea Frankenthal and co-written by Andrea Frankenthal and David Hirsh. The interviewer is David Hirsh and it’s produced by Judith & Ged Ornstein.
The project’s creator is Judith Ornstein and the film accompanies her book of the same name.