Tory commentator Dan Hodges never wastes an opportunity to have a pop at Corbyn’s Labour – and has an uncanny track record for getting it completely wrong.
He doesn’t let that discourage him – as can be seen by his readiness to excuse the vilest misogyny this evening.
Labour First trainer and Lewisham East CLP chair Ian McKenzie is the target of dismay and disgust over tweets – including one about Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry – making unpleasant reference to sex-slavery, the sale of women and beheading.
Cue Hodges, jumping in to try to paint this perfectly proper disgust as Corbynite stalinism after McKenzie’s right-wing faction supposedly ‘won’ Saturday’s selection for the Lewisham East by-election – even though ‘their’ candidate voted for Jeremy Corbyn in both leadership elections:
Hodges never seems afraid to shovel harder when he’s dug himself into a hole, so when he was confronted with the even worse evidence of McKenzie’s vile social media output, he opted, of course, to double down rather than retract and apologise:
The more relevant question is why Hodges – who received a thorough roasting earlier this year at the Twitter-hands of author Alex Nunns – is ever considered a suitable ‘talking head’ by broadcasters and whether they will avoid such foolishness in future now that Hodges has identified himself as an apologist for misogyny.
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