Bereaved father condemns Johnson’s inhumanity and cynical rush to try to exploit his son’s death
The father of London Bridge victim Jack Merritt has spoken out to condemn Boris Johnson’s inhumanity in immediately trying to exploit his son’s murder for political gain.
Talking first about his son’s fine character and ideals, Dave Merritt then condemned Johnson’s cynical rush to use the tragedy to try to gain a campaign advantage over the Labour Party.
Where a measured and sympathetic response was required, Johnson did not even bother to contact Jack Merritt’s family – and ignored their wish that Jack’s views on rehabilitation be respected. Instead, he tried to deflect blame onto Labour and look tough by promising tougher sentencing – even though Johnson himself had tried to water down Labour’s sentencing laws:
Disgracefully, when Dave Merritt first spoke out against the politicisation of his son’s murder, the Tories tried to smear him – claiming that he was politicising it by speaking out.
Mr Merritt’s response to that was simple: if the Tories had not launched their campaign of exploitation he would have kept silent – and if anyone has a right to be heard, it’s Jack’s dad and family.
Shame on the Tories. During this campaign they have displayed their utter contempt for even the most vulnerable – and even for the victims of London Bridge and those who miss them.
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