Abuse inquiry allegations
Questions continued to swirl around the troubled sex abuse inquiry this week, following revelations that its former chair, Dame Lowell Goddard, had been accused of being aggressive and racist. Goddard quit her post on 4 August. At the time, the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, said that as far as she knew, the New Zealander had resigned – with a large severance package – because she was lonely. But it seems that Home Officials officials had by then heard reports that Goddard, the inquiry’s third chair, had, among other things, linked Asian men with sex abuse – claims that she denies. The new chair, Alexis Jay, says she plans to scale back its remit, with a view to completing its work by 2020.
Anti-Semitism in Labour
MPs have accused Jeremy Corbyn of failing to tackle anti-Semitism in his party. The Home Affairs Select Committee said Corbyn had helped create a “safe space” for “vile” opinions. It also accused Shami Chakrabarti – who cleared Labour of antiSemitism in an independent report – of not being clear enough about the timing of her appointment as a Labour peer. Corbyn hit back, saying the MPs had put “disproportionate” emphasis on a problem in the Labour Party.