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Vox Political didn’t ask Jeremy Corbyn about his eating habits but we understand that he also – brace yourselves – drinks liquids [Image: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire].

This Writer saw Mr Corbyn’s visit to a restaurant mentioned on the social media last week – and I remember wondering, what was the big deal?

I mean, he’s an MP who lives in London, near his place of work, so one would imagine he has the wherewithal to visit a restaurant once or twice a year, at least.

Then I realised that this was a revelation that Mr Corbyn had visited a restaurant while he was on holiday.

… Which makes it even more understandable, I would have thought.

What next? “John McDonnell visits a bank”?

It was no surprise when the Fawkes blog saw that Jezza was on holiday in Mexico and decided to talk well about it, while lying badly. First on their agenda was to claim maliciously that Corbyn should have been in Parliament at the time, although the Commons has not been sitting. But this was a mere hors d’oeuvres.

The rather more substantial entrée came with the totally untrue claim that Jezza had been paying homage to Leon Trotsky, who was assassinated in Mexico City in 1940, and whose life is the subject of a museum there, in the house he lived in at the time of his murder. Corbyn, his wife and two friends visited a restaurant a whole city block away from the museum. But they did not visit it.

So out came the smear. “Labour did not deny that Jeremy Corbyn visited Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky’s house on a communist-themed jolly to Mexico this week … The Labour leader would have been able to visit the office where the Bolshevik revolutionary was bludgeoned to death by a Stalinist with an ice pick in 1940 … Corbyn could also have passed by Trotsky’s grave”. Except he didn’t visit either location.

Too many in and around our free and fearless press take the Fawkes blog on trust. They should exercise more care, but cannot resist the temptation to take up the constant stream of Corbyn-bashing smears. And all it does is to propagate Fake News.

Source: Zelo Street: Corbyn Trotsky Homage – FAKE NEWS


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