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The infographic – I got it from Twitter – makes a very good point, don’t you think?

Remember when ‘stylists’ for George Osborne and Samantha Cameron (of all people – she isn’t even an MP) were named to receive honours? The media mentioned it briefly and then went back to bashing Jeremy Corbyn or whatever.

But the same reporters and commentators just won’t let Shami Chakrabarti go.

It’s as though they’ve got some kind of hidden agenda – perhaps something to do with her finding that there isn’t any deep-seated vein of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party?

Are these people suggesting that – I don’t know – Jeremy Corbyn paid her off to hide rampant anti-Semitism in Labour, that he has been promoting?

Why would she?

Consider her record. Here is somebody whose integrity is indisputable – certainly when considered next to that of some of the people challenging her.

Yet suddenly, because there’s a chance to smear Jeremy Corbyn, her integrity is called into question – not once, but continually, over a period of more than a month, by now.

Let’s all take a good look at the people levelling these accusations at Ms Chakrabarti and Mr Corbyn.

The running theme behind attacks on the Labour leader is that “the accusers are the abusers”. So, looking at the accusers in this instance, let us ask ourselves:

What are they trying to hide?

Shami Chakrabarti has denied that any discussion about her becoming a Labour peer took place before she carried out the inquiry into anti-Semitism in the party.

When her elevation to the House of Lords was announced in David Cameron’s resignation honours last month, it was met with criticism that the move undermined the independence of her inquiry, which reported in June.

“Jeremy Corbyn is not a corrupt man and I am not a corrupt woman,” the human rights campaigner the Andrew Marr Show. “I stand by the report. There was nothing remotely transactional about it.”

She said the move towards her becoming a peer only came about following Cameron’s resignation in the wake of June’s Brexit vote.

Chakrabarti, who joined the Labour Party after being asked to carry out her inquiry, defended the independence of the process: “I did my report into racism and anti-Semitism with no inducements, no offers, no threats, no interference.”

Source: Chakrabarti: No discussion of peerage before anti-Semitism report | LabourList

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