To accuse somebody of racism is a very serious accusation in my book. To do so with malicious intent is despicable and I question the mindset of people who do this. But when it’s done without a shred of evidence then that also makes it defamatory.
One reason for my Labour Party expulsion is –
- “Posts we consider racist, singling out Chinese/Asian and Israel”
“Posts” obviously refer to their mining of data in my social media to find the relevant “evidence”. Anybdy who uses social media knows how comments can be taken out of context, or twisted to show a person in the worst possible light. Is it a coincidence that I campaign against the barbaric dog and cat meat trade in Asia, particularly China and that I support the Palistinian cause? These are the specific areas cited against me. The self appointed Weaver Vale inquisition conveniently ignore all the campaigning and supporting comments for the party.
The “we” are the CLP executive, who for the entire time I was in the party had never noticed any racism or brought their “concerns” to my attention. I joined in 1992, left because of Blair and rejoined in 2013, so they had long enough. Neither had they complained to the Regional Office – a practice they seem particularly fond of. It’s really weird that only a few on the CLP executive noticed it, but my Asian and Jewish friends never have.
Obviously the inquisition don’t want me in the party and are willing to resort to any measure to keep me out. I am almost sure this has nothing to do with me putting a complaint to the RO about the behaviour of several of the executive. This including a nasty, bullying incident where a delegate left a meeting in tears, then the chair and myself were subjected to abuse. Nor do I think that the small matter of the Party only dealing with complaints from current members, meaning that if I was expelled my complaint would not be investigated had anything to do with their decision.
Under the Data Protection Act an individual is entitled to see all the documents held by a body or organisation that relates to them, and I was advised to do this. Although the law states that this must be done within 40 days, it took almost five months and an intervention by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) before I got to see just what the Labour Party hold on me.
Although I was expelled from the party citing racism, the documents provided do not support this allegation. I questioned, whether the party had fully complied with the law. This seems likely as one letter to the compliance unit from the CLP secretary says they have “more information if required” – got to get the evidence right, or their plot may have failed and I would have remained a member. More on this in another blog.
Several letters from my solicitor to establish how much, if any information was missing never even got a reply from the compliance unit. This is now back with the ICO for clarification.
All of this begs the questions –
- Why would anybody make such a serious allegation, knowing they could not support it and were quite likely to be found out?
- Why did the Labour Party at the North West Regional Office not intervene as requested by me?
I think I know the answer to the first question and can make an assumption about the second.
Firstly, there is a with hunt within the Labour party, by the Blairites (woops, said it again, that’s another factor in my expulsion) to close down all criticism of the Israeli government and it’s treatment of the Palistinians. To use racism plays nicely into the hands of the right wing to silence the Corbynites (I can say that apparently) and have them removed. If my expulsion is not for this reason, then it must be for personal reasons. For the CLP use their CLP positions to “get their own back” on other members is an abuse of power, bordering on corruption. A point the NWRO seems content to overlook.
The second question is why didn’t Labour at NWRO and subsequently at the Compliance Unit take the word of the membership secretary and ignore my position? NWRO knew of my complaint, but had made a complete hash of dealing with it. Andy Smith was aware of the history between myself and this group, but chose not to intervene. It seems that all members are equal, but some more equal than others.
A good friend notified me of the Inquisition’s intentions, so I emailed Andy Smith the temporary Regional Director the morning after the meeting. I asked for him to intervene as I believed the reasons for doing this were malicious. I have never received a reponse from Mr Smith or anybody else from the NWRO.
Why not? It could be that one of the group worked at the NWRO and knows Mr Smith and he has let this get in the way of treating all members equally. Or perhaps it’s because the RO and this group share the same right wing political ideology making him unwilling to intervene on behalf of an openly Corbyn supporting member. A third option is that the NWRO are totally inept. Only a full, independent investigation into this would determine the answer. I think the pigs are on the runway awaiting clearance.
Below is the letter, which gives their reasons why I should not have rejoined the party (after having left because it was made intolerable for me to continue, but that’s for another blog). As I was a well known party member being a former treasurer, a delegate to CLP, the local campaign forum and a fundraiser, I question why this did not go to the full CLP meeting for consideration?
The rest of the fiction I will deal with again, but the racism allegation is too serious and upsetting for me not to challenge.