The right-wing rags – and the Tory party – have shown themselves more than willing to create and spread fake news in their desperation to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Tonight’s polls – and Ladbrokes’ betting odds – suggest they are right to be worried.
One of the principal smears on Wednesday was nonsense about Corbyn’s stance on anti-terror legislation. It’s a complete lie wrapped in a half-truth.
Corbyn did vote against anti-terror legislation. That’s true.
So did Theresa May.
Not just once or twice. Not even a dozen times. Forty-nine times
A search of the parliamentary information site What do they know reveals that Theresa May was a regular voter against terror legislation. So much so that it was her usual habit:
A closer look at the information reveals that May voted against terror legislation no fewer than forty-nine times.
And with good reason. Bad terror legislation is a serious risk to our freedoms and human rights. That’s why Corbyn voted against it – as did other Tories.
The SKWAWKBOX makes no criticism of Theresa May’s voting record on anti-terror legislation. It was the right thing to do.
The same does not apply to her hypocrisy in smearing Corbyn for something she herself did. And it certainly does not apply to her ridiculous, opportunist and craven attempt to take away the very same human rights that the terrorists want to attack.
As Jeremy Corbyn said on Wednesday, the proper solution to a threat to our human rights is not to reduce our human rights – it’s to deal with the threat. That’s why Corbyn is the right leader to make this country safer.
Not the opportunist hypocrite Theresa May.
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