In what many are calling clear evidence of the coordinated nature of the attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, an article attacking Jeremy Corbyn for supposed links to a terrorist group linked to the Warrington bombing appeared in the Times on the same day that edits were made to the group’s Wikipedia page to add the alleged links.
Yesterday afternoon, the Times’ David Aaronovitch tweeted about ‘going back over the 1993 Warrington bombing’ – ‘for a completely different [but unspecified] reason’:
It looks a little desperate to be attacking Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for an alleged link to a group that might – or might not – have done something. The Provisional IRA claimed responsibility for the bombing.
But the tweet spurred some observers to look up ‘Red Faction’ and they found that the group’s Wikipedia entry had been edited very recently to include – for the very first time – a mention of the supposed links with Corbyn, using an article published that very day – by the same publication for which Aaronovitch writes – as its source:
The edit has, as of this moment, disappeared from the page. The inclusion of the link has triggered a series of edits, removing or re-adding the link and other comments, including a mention, also subsequently removed pending discussion, that the police investigation into Corbyn’s alleged links with the group – which are treated as fact by the Times – found no evidence:
The current version of the page, as of 13.24hrs today, has no mention of the Labour leader.
“They’re making up their own history now”
It didn’t take long before social media users had noticed the ‘coincidence’ and formed their own theories about it:
Attempts have been made to reach Mr Aaronovitch for comment and to ascertain his ‘completely different reason’ for bringing up the Warrington issue.
Whether Corbyn’s critics are ‘making up their own “history” now’ or not, the smears continue to look more desperate the longer they continue without impacting the Labour leader’s standing.
But the people of Warrington and its surrounds can be forgiven if they take offence at any attempt to exploit mights, maybes and ‘no evidence’ around their suffering for political purposes.
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