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Gary Lineker sparked a row by showing compassion [Image: BBC?].

Gary Lineker sparked a row by showing compassion [Image: BBC?].

It’s amazing that, in the UK, in the 21st century, we have to defend a man against members of Parliament and a national periodical… for showing compassion.

Incredibly, Gary Lineker has been attacked by Conservative MPs – and The Sun, which should not be called a newspaper – for tweeting that the treatment of young refugees has been “hideously racist and utterly heartless”.

The Sun responded with a vicious personal attack, calling Lineker a “leftie luvvie” and demanding that he be thrown “out on his ears” from the BBC.

Tory MPs also got in on the act, presumably because they have nothing better to do than attack decency wherever they see it.

To understand their attitude, read this article on freedom of speech (but be warned: some of the language is extreme).

Fortunately for us all, there is an excellent opportunity to tell The Sun – and the others – exactly what you think of them.

The Sun is a sponsor of the National Television Awards, in which Mr Lineker has been nominated in the ‘Presenter’ category.

There is still time to vote for him – in protest against his treatment by The Sun – and, like many other social media sites, This Blog urges you to do so.

The web address is http://www.nationaltvawards.com/vote and you have until 11pm today (BST) to do so.

Or do you agree with The Sun and the Tories?

Gary Lineker “shows Britain at its best”, Jeremy Corbyn said today as the BBC host batted aside Tory MPs who want him sacked.

The Beeb faced calls to ditch its Match of the Day host after he plunged into a row over age checks for migrants and refugees coming to Britain.

Mr Lineker stood his ground, saying: “Getting a bit of a spanking today, but things could be worse. Imagine, just for a second, being a refugee having to flee from your home.”

And Labour’s leader heaped praise on him and singer Lily Allen, who was also criticised for apologising “on behalf of my country” at the Calais Jungle camp.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn says Gary Lineker ‘shows Britain at its best’ as he blasts Tory criticism for defending refugees – Mirror Online

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