These are treacherous times – and it is hard to know who to believe.
Consider the broken window at the Labour Party’s Wallasey constituency office. Who do you think is responsible?
Was it a supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, disgruntled that their local constituency MP is challenging him for the leadership?
Was it a member of the public?
Was it a supporter of the Labour MPs’ mutiny against Mr Corbyn, launching a ‘false flag’ attack to turn public opinion against Mr Corbyn and his supporters?
The last option seems most likely to This Writer, regrettably. For one reason it is inconceivable that members of Wallasey constituency party would cause such damage, remember that they will have to pick up the bill for repairs.
Mr Corbyn has made it clear that he does not condone, and will not tolerate, even impolite behaviour from his supporters. Considering the amount of hostility against him, anyone who wants him to win will have taken note of that and acted accordingly.
Today, in response to the window attack, he said: “It is extremely concerning that Angela Eagle has been the victim of a threatening act and that other MPs are receiving abuse and threats. As someone who has also received death threats this week and previously, I am calling on all Labour party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity, even where there is disagreement. I utterly condemn any violence or threats, which undermine the democracy within our party and have no place in our politics.”
This is absolutely the right line to take.
If you want the wrong line, look at Helen Osgood, a senior caseworker in Ms Eagle’s constituency office. “Please just leave us alone,” she is quoted as saying – perhaps failing to understand that, as a team working for a Labour leadership candidate, the last thing anybody is going to do at the moment is leave Angela Eagle alone.
The constituency office of Labour leadership hopeful Angela Eagle has been vandalised following the launch of her campaign to unseat Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the party.
Merseyside police confirmed that they attended the MP’s constituency office in the Liscard area of Wallasey, Merseyside, to investigate a report of criminal damage at the site.
“It is believed that between 5pm last night [Monday] and 9am today, damage was caused to the front ground floor window of an office,” a police statement said.
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