MPs attacked Pidcock for not answering questions on antisemitism – but evidence showed she did
Three Labour MPs shamed by their public attack on colleague Laura Pidcock have so far failed to make a public apology – and two even ‘doubled down’.
Ms Pidcock was accused of dodging questions about antisemitism at Durham Miners’ Gala last weekend, after a misleadingly-edited video of her and an aide complaining to journalists who focused on the issue instead of asking questions about the gala as agreed.
London MP Wes Streeting tweeted snidely about ‘get[ting] used to’ hard questions:
Streeting also retweeted similar attacks and told arch-Blairite MP Phil Wilson “You’re a good man, Phil” for his own jibe.
Wilson made a number of tweets on the topic, including one that clearly implied Pidcock had dodged the questions:
Rosie Duffield joined in along similar lines:
But it quickly emerged that the short video that was put out by a former Tory staffer was heavily edited, when another film-maker present released the full footage – and that Ms Pidcock had answered all the questions put to her at length, before her aide’s complaint that journalists had misled about the questions they intended to ask.
Laura Pidcock put out her own rebuttal:
The film-maker she referred to put out his own message to correct the record:
But none of the trio who ‘piled on’ when the 15-second edited version was released apologised. Instead, Streeting claimed he had criticised something else instead – that he disagreed with her answers:
Streeting’s response was retweeted by Duffield, but she did not comment directly.
Curiously, Phil Wilson’s response to the exposure of his poor judgment closely followed the same lines as Streetings:
But the tactic fell flat when Twitter users pointed out that, at the time the two made their original criticisms, ‘her answers’ weren’t public – they only became known this morning (Monday) when the Labour film-maker’s full footage was released.
Labour supporters took a dim view:
Both men’s attempted excuse was thoroughly “ratioed” – usually a sure sign of a disastrous tweet.
Yet again, MPs shame themselves by attacking colleagues on a flimsy – and ultimately discredited – pretext. Yet again, so-called ‘moderate’ male MPs attack a left-wing female. Yet again, the exposure of false claims on which attacks are based led to self-justification rather than apology.
Yet we’re still relentlessly fed a line by the Establishment media that misogyny and other forms of abuse are left-on-right phenomena.
Wes Streeting, Phil Wilson and Rosie Duffield were all contacted for comment and asked whether they intended to apologise. None responded.
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