It seems to be the fashion to blame supporters of Jeremy Corbyn for vandalism to Labour Party property, doesn’t it?
At first I was going to say it’s wrong to suggest a Corbyn-supporting connection between the brick that went through Mary Creagh’s office window and the missile (we don’t know what it was) that broke a window near Angela Eagle’s office in July.
I was going to point out that Conservative supporters still exist and it only takes a couple of drunken Hooray Henrys to break a window.
And why not? If they get caught, they can afford the cost of the fine – and the repairs.
But it isn’t that easy.
I think we can rule out any attempt at intimidating Mary Creagh – as she suggested in her tweet reporting the vandalism to the public.
Too many people have tried to link this to the broken window at Sherwood House, Wallasey – where Angela Eagle, whose office is on another side of the building, lied that Corbyn supporters had thrown a brick through her window.
(Apologies to anybody who still thinks she had a point and is offended by my assertion, but she was lying. Her office is in the building, but nowhere near the site of the damage.)
With no clear evidence to suggest the Wallasey incident was an attempt to intimidate Ms Eagle, there’s no reason to believe that this is an attempt to intimidate Ms Creagh who – as far as I know – hasn’t actually done anything to bring herself to the attention of the kind of people who behave that way.
I reckon this is about the Mosborough by-election in Sheffield.
The Wakefield address is not only the site of Ms Creagh’s office but also home to Yorkshire and the Humber Labour Party. It’s the party’s regional office in the part of England that includes Sheffield – and it’s only a quick trip up the M1 from that city.
Labour lost the Mosborough by-election, and a war of words is currently raging over the reasons for it.
It is possible that Corbyn supporters vandalised the office, in frustration at the way Labour MPs like Angela Smith have been claiming Jeremy Corbyn was the reason for the loss – a claim which is hotly disputed, not least by the Liberal Democrat who won last week’s by-election, Gail Smith.
It is also possible – perhaps more likely – that ordinary Labour supporters with no strong feelings about Mr Corbyn did it, in anger at having a candidate foisted on them who didn’t live in the area, didn’t know much about it and was therefore at a severe disadvantage against the well-liked former councillor, from Mosborough, who won the seat.
So what are we going to do?
Are we all going to get hysterical – let ourselves get whipped up to lash out at supporters of Jeremy Corbyn, just because a Labour MP who doesn’t support him sees coincidental similarities with an incident that didn’t involve another Labour MP, no matter how hard she protests that it did?
Or shall we refuse to play that game? Shall we say we’d rather wait for the police to do their job and base our conclusions on the result of their investigation – like sane, rational people?
I know what I’m going to do.
Police are investigating after a brick was thrown through the window of the Labour MP Mary Creagh’s constituency office in Wakefield.
The former shadow international development secretary said staff had been distressed by the incident at the office, which is shared with the regional Labour party.
Creagh, an early candidate in the Labour leadership contest last year until she dropped out of the race, said: “On Monday morning a member of my staff discovered that a brick had been put through the window of the office that I share with the regional Labour party.
“This incident has now been reported to the police, who have reassured me that they are doing everything that they can to track down the individual responsible and bring them to justice.
“My staff and the staff of the Labour party deserve a safe environment to work in. There is no excuse for this sort of mindless violence in a free and tolerant society.”
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