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Jennie Formby – Please take further, immediate action against hate speech and potential fraud

Dear Jennie
I have had many conversations with a lot of members, who are supportive of my personal decision to write to you as a matter of urgency, since I believe steps taken to date in respect of serious allegations are not sufficient.

Election of a Labour Government in 2017 would have saved and improved lives, now and in the future. Among many other things, a Labour Government would have:
 ended austerity policies, that particularly attack low income and vulnerable people;
 set about rebuilding our public services, such as the NHS, weakened by a decade of underfunding and privatisation, which would have made the UK far better prepared for the current pandemic; and,
 taken real and meaningful action on the climate emergency.

Notwithstanding, and irrespective of, how “the Report” on “The work of the Labour
Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014 – 2019″ was put into the public domain, it is there now; it is a matter of profound regret that no action
appears to have been taken against Labour Party members and employees who are credibly alleged to have actively worked against the election of a Labour Government – against saving lives – or to have made sexist, racist, misogynistic, disablist or other hate statements.

Immediate action needs to be taken to restore faith of members and the public that the Party:
 takes seriously hate speech;
 will not tolerate the gross misconduct of people acting against the goals of our elected officials and members, in which they invest money and huge amounts of effort; and,
 is committed to fairness and even handedness.

I am quite certain that, if similarly credible allegations were made against any of our members, they would be immediately suspended by the Party, pending investigation.

I therefore call upon the Labour Party to:
 immediately now suspend from membership and /or employment by the Party the tiny proportion of staffers and members identified in the Report as behaving in this way pending investigation;
 inclusion of the Report, suitably redacted, in the Party’s evidence to the EHRC;
 ensure the investigation into the contents of the unredacted Report is
independent and rapid;
 ensure the investigation into the contents of the unredacted Report includes
examination of hate speech, acts of hate, gross misconduct and potential
financial fraud;
 that the findings of the investigation into the contents of the unredacted
Report are acted upon promptly and decisively.

I very much support the Statement issued by the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs.

In closing, I want to make clear I fully support you, personally. As line manager you were perfectly entitled to access, or authorise access, to emails and any other information you thought pertinent. You have been, and are being, treated abominably when all you have done is to seek to protect and advance the interests of the Labour Party and the people it represents.

In solidarity.

Is money worth more than lives?

Only 14% of people have so far had Covid-19 in a hard hit German town, when expectations are 60% – 80% will get the disease. That means we are in for a long haul.

The scientists seem most concerned our herd immunity is a long way off. So we should worry that Ministers look to be suggesting some people (young?) could be “released” early – the true reason presumably to expose them faster than in a lockdown, to speed us towards that herd immunity.

So are we being softened up to an acceptance of more deaths than necessary so the economy can be helped? Money over lives?

Vultures circling the NHS?

“Britain is paying the price for an overly centralised system that is reluctant to work with the private sector.”

At first I thought it just stupid, but it’s actually really quite threatening, heard on 3rd April’s R4 Today programme. The commentator is advocating the system so badly failing the American people, now the Covid-19 epicentre of the world! So why say something so transparently idiotic? Clearly, the ability to procure centrally at scale, and to impose uniform standards and policies, is saving lives.

So this could well be a toe in the water, to see whether the public will swallow the idea that the problem is somehow the fault of our creaking and chronically under resource health and social services.

Keep an eye out for more.