Delegates unite in disgust at presence of ‘lying Tory rag’ – but Beckett’s chairing is abysmal
Emma Whitby of Sefton Central CLP spoke compellingly for hundreds of thousands on Merseyside – and more further afield – when she spoke at Labour’s conference today and demanded to know why ‘lying Tory rag’ the S*n was being allowed to operate there.
The ‘Scum’, as it is usually referred to here, lied about Hillsborough victims, miners and others and has run grossly racist and homophobic headlines and regurgitated far-right conspiracy theories, to name just a few of its abuses.
Yet it has been welcomed to the Labour conference and as Emma Whitby was to find out, the party’s excuses for doing so are as watery and mealy-mouthed as could be:
Margaret Beckett, who was chairing the session, has been heavily criticised for her arrogant and high-handed management of the event. A glimpse of why is seen in her response to the justified outrage of Labour delegates, which she clearly saw as an annoyance to brush past and move on, with no understanding for the depth of feeling and the truth it conveyed.
The idea that the S*n should be welcomed with open arms in Brighton – which Labour admitted it would not dare do in Liverpool – shows all the spinelessness and triangulation that has turned the party into a hollowed-out shell in just a year and a half.
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