Former Labour leader was right to apologise, but public should understand real reason Corbyn was ‘grumpy’ in photo- and it wasn’t because he’d been photographed
Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for attending a gathering of friends that breached the ‘rule of six’ restriction.
An image of the gathering has been used gleefully by the S*n and other right-wing media, with barbed comments about the supposed elitism it represents and quotes from ‘sources’ claiming that Corbyn’s ‘grumpy’ expression was because he knew the snap would get him into trouble.
The reality is – of course – very different.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that one of Corbyn’s closest friends had died abroad and the man’s girlfriend had flown back from Russia. Friends had gathered to console her and the solemn expressions of those around the table suited the occasion.
The number of people present had been legal when Corbyn arrived but he stayed on when more arrived and he was right to apologise.
All too typically, however, the use that the hostile media – still desperate to bury the movement he represents – have made of the picture reflects none of the context.
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