Shadow Chancellor calls out smears in plain words – and accuses one so-called journalist frankly of ‘invention’
Yesterday the SKWAWKBOX highlighted a renewed assertive Labour response to media smears and fabrication against the party and its leader – and the enthusiastic response of the party’s grassroots supporters.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has continued this approach in his own responses to media smears against Jeremy Corbyn – even accusing one ‘journalist’ of outright invention and challenging him to back up his nonsensical claims – and it has received just as warm a grassroots welcome.
Hack Lee Harpin, who never misses an opportunity to attack the Labour Party, had claimed McDonnell was distancing himself from Jeremy Corbyn ‘because he knows leader’s days are numbered’ and that he was briefing against Corbyn’s close aide Seumas Milne.
McDonnell publicly and bluntly challenged Harpin to back up his ‘invented story’, which he described as ‘farcical’ and a transparent ‘attempt to sow division’:
McDonnell also praised Unite boss Len McCluskey’s condemnation of the ‘gutter press’ and its ‘onslaught of fake news, lies and smears against Jeremy Corbyn’:
The grassroots response was fast and emphatic, with thousands of shares and hundreds of comments supporting McDonnell, deriding the supposed journalists, or both:
Labour has adopted a conciliatory tone towards those trying to undermine it for long enough. Calling smears what they are is a timely reminder that the party is at its best as the insurgent force unapologetically standing both for something – and apart from its centrist critics.
The return to such an approach is as welcome as it is essential, not only for grassroots morale but for the sake of millions desperately in need of Labour government.
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