Johnson had agreed with Labour leader to suspend campaigning until Saturday as a mark of respect for London victims, then immediately breaks his word – twice. A display so crass even mainstream broadcasters can’t help commenting
Tory leader Boris Johnson agreed with Jeremy Corbyn on Friday to suspend campaigning in the general election until Saturday, as a mark of respect to the victims of the London Bridge attack:
Johnson broke his promise within hours – not once but at least twice – appearing in front a Union flag in a blatant display of electioneering as he tried to make political capital from the injury and deaths of innocent people.
So crass was this show of utter disrespect – not to mention dishonesty – that even corporate media couldn’t help but remark on it.
Sky’s Beth Rigby tweeted:
As Rigby noted, the appearances were made even before the public was aware that the attacker, a convicted terrorist, had been released from prison with a tag because of government cuts.
Sky News’ live broadcast also drew attention to Johnson’s breach of trust – but also made it very clear that Johnson was cynically trying to ‘get ahead’ of the news that his party’s policy had freed a terrorist to kill:
While the public was still ignorant of the fact that the killer had been released from prison – and without informing them what his party had done – Johnson made his pitch for tougher sentencing and an end to early release.
In other words, Boris Johnson broke a promise to cease campaigning out of respect for those killed and injured during Friday’s attack – all for the sake of getting in an early “Don’t blame me, folks”.
The words appropriate to Johnson’s utter lack of decency and his all-consuming self-interest are not appropriate to put in print – but the fact that even the Establishment media felt it had to highlight it shows just how bad it was.
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