The draft report, whose contents were apparently offered to the Guardian, an offer which it seems was declined, has now been released by the people at Sky News. The only conclusion that can be reached on reading the gory details is that Labour HQ was actively working against the party leadership. Labour HQ was at the time the domain of Iain McNicol, already accused of trying to stop Corbyn standing in the 2016 leadership contest.
McNicol has disputed this view vigorously, and will no doubt also vigorously dispute the view that the anti-Semitism problem was not communicated properly to the leadership, who were therefore kept in the dark about how serious it was, while all the time allies of those in charge at Labour HQ were gaslighting Corbyn supporters about it.
Moreover, one of the Sky News bullet points talks about “A discussion about 'unsuspending' a former Labour MP who was critical of Jeremy Corbyn so they could stand as a candidate in the 2017 election”, which sounds a lot like the Simon Danczuk affair. He had been suspended from the party, and it was rumoured in the run-up to the 2017 General Election that he might be allowed to stand as a Labour candidate. He wasn’t.
What is also interesting is this passage: “[the dossier] singles out for criticism some who gave whistleblower evidence to last year's highly-critical BBC Panorama investigation on antisemitism within Labour … These include the former General Secretary Lord McNicol and the former acting head of the governance and legal unit, Sam Matthews”. Those defending the Panorama programme may have cause to stop and think.
But what will stick in the craw for all those who canvassed tirelessly, and saw the candidates they supported fall short, is the thought that while they worked to achieve victory, some of those in Labour HQ were actively trying to prevent it.
That is totally, absolutely unforgivable. And must never be allowed to happen again.