The desperation of the smears against Jeremy Corbyn has been increasing – and increasingly apparent – over the last few weeks.
The claims that Corbyn had laid a wreath at, or been beside, the graves of some people who are buried in a different country were ridiculous – but a low point was reached with the Mail’s attempt to smear Corbyn by association when it blared that Corbyn had attended the wedding of a man who may or may not have done something bad four years later.
It seems that word may have got around the right-wing press. Something along the lines of this entirely imaginary conversation, perhaps:
DM: “I think we may have gone a little too far with that four-year smear. After all, even our readers aren’t going to be fooled that Corbyn should be able to know what’s going to happen years before the fact.”
Other right-wing rag: “Yeah, you’re right. You did end up looking a bit of a knob. I think we need to dial it back a bit. Nobody’s going to believe he can see four years into the future.”
DM: “You’re right. What do you reckon then – a month?”
ORWR: “Yeah, a month. Much more realistic.”
Fanciful, perhaps. And yet the latest smear attempts to persuade us of exactly that – at least according to Daniel Sugarman of the Jewish Chronicle, who portentously announced on Twitter on Wednesday evening:
Mr Sugarman then goes on to post some horrific – and horrifically graphic – images of a blood-soaked room and bodies.
The attack was rightly condemned, both by the Israeli government and by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But none of them knew a month beforehand that it would happen.
Neither, self-evidently, did Jeremy Corbyn.
Nor was he standing next to the perpetrators of the hideous attack, but rather next to the man the PFLP had sent to a peace conference. One of the awkward things about working to end a conflict is that it often entails talking to those who are involved in it. Corbyn has spent his adult life working for peace, including playing a key role in removing barriers to the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.
Mr Sugarman is not the only one to consider Jeremy Corbyn’s lack of clairvoyance damning. The Sussex Friends of Israel group seems to have considered it so incriminating that last night it was crowing over the end of his tenure as Labour leader when the latest supposedly-explosive revelation came out.
The SKWAWKBOX has some news for Mr Sugarman and the Times and anyone else daft enough to think ‘seen next to someone who did something later’ smears make anyone other than those making them look bad – “and I don’t know how to tell you”, but here it is:
Nobody knows the future – not even Jeremy Corbyn.
The SKWAWKBOX tried to contact Daniel Sugarman for comment but was unable to find an email address and he’s blocked us on Twitter.
Presumably, when he did it he didn’t know we’d one day need to contact him.
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