Shipman only recently paid compensation to Labour aide for tweet suggesting affair with Starmer
Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman has deleted a tweet linking world-famous film director Ken Loach to Holocaust denial. After left Labour MP Jon Trickett condemned the party’s expulsion of Loach for refusing to denounce victims of the Keir Starmer/David Evans purge of left members, Shipman responded with a comment clearly connecting Loach with denial of the murder of millions of Jews, Gypsies and others by the nazis:
Loach was smeared last year with the same libel, based on an apparently deliberate misrepresentation of a Loach comment about freedom of speech – but he had quickly put the matter firmly to bed in well-publicised letter to the Guardian:
Tim Shipman had not responded, up to the time of publication, to a request for comment on the reasons for the deletion, but his caution may have been driven by his recent experience after tweeting a comment about Labour leader Keir Starmer and his then-aide Jenny Chapman, which resulted in Shipman making a public apology and paying compensation:
Of course, it might have been better not to make the comment falsely linking Loach to the foulness of Holocaust denial in the first place, than to have cautious second thoughts after the event.
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