The Guardian reports today on last night's meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party - why? Oh yes, it's anti-semitism again! I thought the subject had been ignored for a while so Hodge and Co. have got together to keep things going. A full report can be found on The Skwawkbox, which I think is probably more accurate than the Guardian's little Hodge-puff. I have sent the following to the Guardian - we'll see if they reply:
1. Question of accuracy: was a vote taken on the motion on anti-semitism at the PLP? If no vote was taken, how can it be said that it was 'unanimously passed?' A detailed report in The Skwawkbox (https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?tab=wm#inbox/FMfcgxwBVWMvxklQGPTtXhSrLrGSHXvh?compose=CllgCKCDCjdCRGSvQjKccDlDDwthBfrcnFJDCSfPCQPhlkqhRkSmpKgqSrLspsVPZRqQqwMqNqB) suggests that your report is inaccurate.
2. Question of bias: The same website posting reveals the entire text of Jenny Formby's letter on anti-semitism to members of the PLP. Was your reporter aware of this letter when writing the report that appeared in today's paper? The letter goes to great lengths to explain what the Party is doing about alleged anti-semitism in the Labour Party, and surely would have merited comment. If your reporter, or others at the Guardian had sight of this letter, then clearly its absence in the report demonstrates bias - fed presumably by those who wish to keep this story alive.
I would like to see corrections as appropriate. As a former member of the PLP I know how some members like to rush out into the committee room corridor and feed journalists with their take on things. Sometimes, the journalists are even primed! (Would you believe it?)
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