By Tony O'Riley-
A labour party infested with anti-semitism cannot be trusted after the embarrassing revelations aired yesterday on BBC’s panorama.
The claim by former party officials to the programme that they had to deal with a huge increase in anti-Semitism complaints since Mr Corbyn became Labour leader in 2015 confirms the level of racism in the labour party. This could just be a tip of the iceberg when thinking of parliament as a whole.
The claim by eight former officials who worked in the team and dealt with anti-Semitism cases that officials brought in by the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, “overruled” some of their disciplinary decisions and “downgraded” punishments to a “slap on the wrist”speaks volumes of the level of integrity among those officials.
Labour’s rejection of interference and branding of the programme as “seriously inaccurate” and “politically one-sided” can be expected and viewed upon as a defensive position. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell admitted that the process of dealing with complaints was” too slow and not ruthless enough, but claimed it had improved dramatically”.
Yet, this is a party that hopes to be in power, and contributes to the voting system of making our laws. The labour party should hide its face in shame in the face of these revelations, and must think the public are fools to believe the claims of professional Jewish adults on the programme were all inaccurate or one sided. The saying ”there is no smoke without fire is very applicable here. Jeremy Corbyn has a lot of work to do in his party to address a disease that has been in his party for a long time.