TV appearance this morning used three straw men that are exposed by a simple comparison with what Corbyn actually said
Keir Starmer made the rounds of breakfast TV studios this morning to justify the suspension of Jeremy Corbyn from the Labour Party.
And three times in a few seconds, he misrepresented what Corbyn had said as he tried to support his decision:
The EHRC explicitly said in its report that Labour members are perfectly entitled to express opinions about the scale of antisemitism in the party – and that MPs have enhanced protection under laws that protect free speech – so Corbyn was well within his rights to do so without disciplinary action against him.
But facts matter, so let’s be absolutely clear:
- Corbyn did not deny antisemitism in the Labour Party exists or is a problem
- Corbyn did not say claims are ‘just’ exaggerated
- Corbyn did not say claims are ‘just’ factional
So, was the ‘forensic’ barrister just being sloppy in his phrasing as he managed three times in about 7 seconds to associate Corbyn with things he hadn’t said? You decide.
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