The manufactured furore over the SKWAWKBOX’s emailed question to Labour MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy continues – and continues to become more bizarre.
Ms Creasy herself has never actually addressed the question, which was about the appropriateness of a Labour MP’s apparent cosiness with an MP of the party under whose policies millions are suffering. Instead, she has preferred to claim the issue is about almost anything but.
The first tack was to claim that it was an attack on her musical tastes, which were never raised.
Then she claimed it was misogyny, even though her gender was not mentioned and had no relevance to the question.
Later – and even more bizarrely – she claimed it was an attempt to divert attention from ‘her’ campaign on PFI (‘Private Finance Initiative’ funding), which the SKWAWKBOX has criticised since its inception five years ago. Apparently our ‘antics’ – in reality Ms Creasy’s own decision to publicise our press enquiry – were clogging her Twitter timeline.
However, the supporters she triggered to ‘dogpile’, the friendly media who have leapt her defence and even Tory MPs have largely focused on accusing this blog of trying to ‘control’ or ‘police’ her social habits – again a gross misrepresentation of an emailed question.
But interestingly, Ms Creasy herself has stated that the issue of the people with whom a politician chooses to socialise is a matter of interest and a legitimate basis for judgment.
In a 2009 interview with the Guardian – in which Ms Creasy incidentally praised a PFI-funded project – she was asked by her interviewer for her views on then Tory leader David Cameron.
It’s unclear whether this opinion has anything to do with Ms Creasy’s seeming determination to make the issue about anything except what was actually asked. But it’s certainly inconvenient for those who’ve supported her by claiming it’s irrelevant that a Labour MP is happy socialising with the very people whose policies have been linked with the suffering of millions and the death of many tens of thousands.
The question we put to the Walthamstow MP is of justified interest to many Labour members – and no doubt to many of those suffering under Tory policies or lamenting of politicians that ‘they’re all the same’.
Those who’ve been leaping in faux, straw-man outrage about the supposed impertinence of the question have done little more than reinforce the importance of the question.
Other than to raise the question of why they’re so keen to perpetuate a ‘straw man’ in order to attack the site that asked.
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