‘Corbyn was wrong’ on Novichok poisonings, says his titular successor – but here’s what Corbyn said. Starmer’s recklessly endangers his predecessor
Keir Starmer has yet again made a mockery of his claims to be ‘forensic’ – and of his legal background. In another apparent attempt to appeal to right-wing little-Englanders, Starmer has said this morning that Jeremy Corbyn was ‘wrong’ ‘in relation to issues like Salisbury’:
But what Corbyn actually said on the Salisbury Novichok incident and the question of any Russian involvement was measured, statesmanlike and quite clear – and means Starmer has committed yet another ‘self-own’:
Keir Starmer has said he’s against following the evidence and using international relations to bring perpetrators to account – which is kind of odd for a QC. Is that what he meant, or did he – yet again – simply ignore and misrepresent what Corbyn actually said in the hope of appealing to the hard right.
Either way, Starmer’s conduct – and the media’s eager amplification of smears and lies – puts Jeremy Corbyn’s safety at risk of violence by the hard right, as the @ToryFibs Twitter account has pointed out:
Jeremy Corbyn was targeted for murder by at least one right-wing extremist who went on to murder a Muslim father of six in the Finsbury Park Mosque van attack. As Labour leader, Corbyn was punched in the face at the same mosque by another extremist, who was charged with ‘assault by beating’, yet the media more or less ignored it or brushed it off as an ‘egging’. Both attackers linked their hatred to the media’s smear-driven portrayal of Corbyn.
And the reckless endangerment of left-wing figures is not limited to Corbyn. Labour cut loose and smeared Leicester MP Claudia Webbe, despite knowing that her appeal was pending against a magistrate’s conviction for harassment that both the media and the party had persistently misrepresented – and another dangerous right-winger was then arrested for planning to murder her.
Incitement and smears are dangerous. After his encounter with angry protestors only three days ago – and with his legal background – Starmer should and must know better. Yet he said what he said anyway.
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