“We thought if it was good enough for Ben Bradley why not give Mr Rentoul a chance to do the same!“
On Friday, anti-left hack John Rentoul was forced to issue a humiliating apology – which has to be pinned to the top of his Twitter feed for 48 hours – to left Labour MP Jon Trickett, for libelling Trickett when Rentoul suggested Trickett’s tweet about the ‘Kill the Bill’ demonstrations against the Tories’ anti-protest bill, was in fact Trickett inciting the murder of police officers. Rentoul is also paying a 5-figure sum to a cause of Trickett’s choosing – and had to ask readers of his tweet to share it, which at the time of writing had happened more than 4,500 times.
Breaking the news, Skwawkbox observed that Rentoul’s humiliation was reminiscent of the grovelling 2018 apology of Tory MP Ben Bradley, who was the author of the most popular Conservative party tweet in history – a ‘please retweet’ apology for his ‘wholly untrue and false’ claim that Jeremy Corbyn had sold British secrets to a foreign government. Bradley similarly paid Corbyn’s legal costs and a sum to a charity chosen by the then-Labour leader.
And Skwawkbox can exclusively reveal that the similarity in the two cases is not coincidental – the same legal firm that represented Trickett and forced Rentoul into his humiliating climbdown also represented Corbyn in his 2018 victory over Bradley and chose the same killer phrase as part of the culprits’ restitution.
A spokesperson for Howe and Co told Skwawkbox:
We thought if it was good enough for Ben Bradley why not give Mr Rentoul a chance to do the same! Bradley’s is still the most tweeted Tory tweet of all time, so let’s hope Rentoul’s will challenge him for top right wing tweet supporting the left!
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