Shearer, Wright and Jenas shame Starmer by refusing to appear on MotD after Lineker removed for comparing Tories to 1930s fascists – and commenters shred BBC and Tories for further fascism
Yesterday – and it would be near-impossible to argue they hadn’t been told to – a string of Labour MPs attacked Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker for comparing the Tories’ anti-foreigner incitement to the fascist propaganda of the 1930s, which of course is entirely justified.
The BBC then removed Lineker from the programme as it kowtowed to manufactured Tory outrage, claiming Lineker had showed a lack of impartiality, even though he holds no political role at the broadcaster.
In a screeching u-turn, Labour then briefed Sky political journalist Beth Rigby with a comment supporting Lineker, after spending all the preceding day attacking him. Blairite drone Alastair Campbell – notorious for an antisemitic campaign against a Jewish Tory leader, orchestrating a racist campaign with the S*n attacking asylum seekers and (along with fellow Blairite ghoul Peter Mandelson) deciding Labour could discriminate against Pakistanis because it might appeal to voters – joined in too.
What drove the u-turn? Well, in the interim, fellow presenters had shown exemplary solidarity with Lineker, informing the BBC that they would not be participating in the show:
Former Labour leader, as usual, was far faster than his former party at doing the right thing:
Meanwhile, commenters were pointing out that, in removing someone for comparing them to 1930s fascists, the Tories and the BBC they’ve infested were behaving exactly like, well, 1930s fascists:
Others pointed out that the BBC, run by a Tory supporter who made huge donations to the party and arranged a loan for Boris Johnson, who appointed him to the role, is having a laugh disciplining a football presenter for not being impartial.
And so many said they would consider any presenter a scab who stepped forward to fill the gap left in the programme that the word ‘scab’ trended high on Twitter – and the BBC ultimately said it would run the programme as highlights only, without the usual punditry.
Presumably shamed into it and realising that attacking a popular football figure was unlikely to play well, Labour then briefed Rigby attacking the Tories for attacking Lineker – omitting, of course, to mention that they had spent the day before attacking Lineker too.
Starmer’s Labour: shameless hypocrites – and not even competent at it.
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