GB News releases a very short clip of old interview with right-wing Labour MP that just happens to include a mention of his brother’s residence
As news of racism allegations against Neil Coyle finally percolate into the media – after Keir Starmer eventually took action over one of several complaints about him and withdrew the Labour whip – it was the hard right station GB News that sprang to Coyle’s defence.
Starmer acted today, ten days after the alleged events involved in the complaint – and only after the victim, a young political journalist, published an article about them – and only an hour or so after news of the withdrawn whip broke, GB News was publishing a 31-second clip of an interview it did with the MP last autumn. Despite its brevity, the clip includes mention of Coyle’s mental health issues – and of the fact that ‘one of my brothers lives in China’:
Of course, having a brother living in China has no more bearing on someone can express anti-Chinese racism than having a brother with a black girlfriend exempts someone from anti-black racism.
The intervention, unsurprisingly, did not go down well, receiving only a tiny handful of ‘retweets’ but almost uniformly scathing responses, of which a few are shown below:
Starmer may have acted now under the glare of a public spotlight on Neil Coyle’s alleged behaviour toward British-Chinese journalist Henry Dyer, but he has ignored for at least seven months complaints by three leading Jewish members of the party about Coyle last year smearing left-wing Jews as ‘communists’ – a longstanding antisemitic libel – and calling for the party’s main left-wing Jewish group, JVL, to be expelled en masse, despite the members writing directly to him with their complaint after the party complaints department did nothing.
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