The shameful case of anti-Semitism in British politics


The EHRC report on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party has now been published.[1] The headline summary is that:

“The Party is responsible for three breaches of the Equality Act (2010) relating to:

  • political interference in antisemitism complaints
  • failure to provide adequate training to those handling antisemitism complaints
  • harassment”[2]

Before I go on with further comment about the specific issue here I would like to make a general comment about anti-Semitism and racism more broadly.  Over the years I’ve had a lot of contact with people involved in politics. I was involved in student politics at a senior level for another national party whilst at University. Sadly, in my experience anti-Semitism (and this is going back over 25 years) has been present across the political spectrum as have other forms of racism and prejudice.  I also have to say that even more sadly I have witnessed racism and anti-Semitism…

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