So-called moderates demand Corbyn ignore domestic and political abuse to focus on what they want him to discuss – but actual human beings call them out
Jeremy Corbyn has been attacked by laughably-termed ‘moderates’ and their fellow-travellers in the media for daring to put out a tweet of support for Poplar and Limehouse MP Apsana Begum, who has been the target of horrific racist and misogynist abuse – including by the Labour party itself.
Begum has been relentlessly hounded by a Labour regime determined to oust her as a left-wing MP – her removal was briefed to anti-left media months ago, along with three other MPs who have all faced campaigns coordinated by the party. But the harrying of Begum has been on a level of its own: she defeated one attempt to remove her in a stitched-up prosecution that was rightly thrown out of court, sending party officials scurrying away disappointed who had been waiting outside the court to announce a contest to replace her. But the party then allowed the same allies of her ex-husband, who she told the court had inflicted domestic abuse on her, that had managed the failed prosecution to run the ‘trigger ballot’ process – and locals have said publicly that the trigger meetings were characterised by abuse, intimidation and threats, especially toward ethnic minority women.
Labour Black Socialists, women Labour members in the neighbouring Bethnal Green and Bow constituency and other groups have condemned Labour’s outrageous, racist and misogynistic treatment of the MP, who has been unsupported throughout by the party and has recently been hospitalised by the enormous stress and distress inflicted on her. Affiliated unions, even those leaning right, have voiced their support for her and there have been numerous calls for the trigger process to be halted because of the scale of the abuse and her ill health.
Not so the so-called ‘centrists’, who rounded on Corbyn for his tweet expressing support for Begum and highlighting the party’s scandalous behaviour – supposedly because it was the wrong day, when Boris Johnson is on the brink of falling, to point out that the current Labour regime is just as appalling.
Prominent among Corbyn’s attackers were ‘mainstream’ hacks, who were apparently appalled at the thought of Corbyn prioritising standing up for a Muslim domestic violence victim over the latest Tory psychodrama:
But people with more humanity were quick to show them and other so-called ‘moderates’ up, with hundreds of responses expressing solidarity with Begum and Corbyn and pointing out the awfulness of the position the right-wingers had taken, of which just a tiny percentage are shown below:
The reality is plain: the bullying and abuse of Apsana Begum – and many, many other people around the country – together with the Labour regime’s complete contempt for democracy, freedom of speech, human rights, honesty and the country’s millions of poor and vulnerable people, shows that the current Westminster pantomime is just that, because if Johnson goes then some other Tory horror would replace him and if Keir Starmer were Prime Minister the situation would be no better and potentially worse.
And those objecting, who would have been cheerleaders for the ‘Labour’ saboteurs – including Starmer – who saddled the country with Johnson in 2019, are shameless hypocrites.
Solidarity with Apsana Begum – and well done Jeremy Corbyn for standing with her and highlighting the absolute unfitness of the current Labour regime.
This week and any week, whatever else is going on.
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