Seems he’s at it again – expensively-smearing right-winger then doubles down rather than apologise
Right-wing hack Lee Harpin’s smears have cost his former employers large amounts of money. His libels against Liverpool left-wing activist Audrey White in four separate articles cost the Jewish Chronicle hefty damages and a grovelling apology – but he didn’t learn not to do it again.
Harpin also libelled left activist Nada Al-Sanjari, resulting in yet another payout and humiliating apology for the same rag – and it was rapped by IPSO, hardly known for strictness in judging the papers that run it, for its smears against left-wing Jewish councillor Jo Bird, again penned by Harpin.
And on Tuesday evening, it seems Harpin was at it again – falsely accusing a left-winger hoping to stand for Labour in Kensington of formerly being a Tory.
Harpin targeted Kasim Ali after Ali published a statement saying he stood by his friend Emma Dent Coad, the former MP for the constituency and the only Labour candidate ever to win it, who was grotesquely and farcically blocked by the party regime from standing at the next general election.
Despite Mr Ali telling Harpin that he was not at the event as a Tory, Harpin then published a picture of some black men standing with former Tory mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith – and publishing a photo supposedly contradicting Ali’s statement – and challenged Ali publicly to comment, rather than following usual journalistic practice of contacting him for comment before publication:
And this lack of diligence came back to bite him, as Kasim Ali responded to say that he was not in the photo – and rebuking him that all Black men don’t look alike. But rather than accept the rebuke and apologise, Harpin doubled down and publicly doubted it – then, when others castigated him for his attitude, demanded to know whether they believe everything they are told:
And still Harpin refused to take his medicine, leading to further derision:
Below are an image of Kasim Ali, easily findable via Internet search, and one of the group of Black men Lee Harpin claimed contained him:
There appears to be no sign of Mr Ali.
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