You may well be asking, who’s Greg Hands?
He’s the Tory MP for Chelsea and Fulham, and a former Chief Secretary to the Treasury under David Cameron. He would have been responsible for telling us there was no money to be spent on public services or benefits – so he’s familiar with the practice of lying.
In the House of Commons yesterday (March 12), Jeremy Corbyn described the poisoning of former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia as a “deeply alarming attack, which raises very serious questions.
He said: “The whole House condemns the suspected poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury and, of course, we wish them a return to good health. I am sure that the whole House will join me in wishing Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey a speedy recovery as well. No member of our police force and nobody on the streets of Britain should ever face such an attack—let alone one with chemical weapons.”
He continued: “We need to see both the evidence and a full account from the Russian authorities in the light of the emerging evidence to which the Prime Minister referred.”
But he also warned: “We need continue seeking a robust dialogue with Russia on all the issues—both domestic and international—currently dividing our countries, rather than simply cutting off contact and letting the tensions and divisions get worse and, potentially, even more dangerous.”
Here’s how Mr Hands described that speech, on Twitter:
Not a single word of condemnation for Russia from Corbyn on the Salisbury attack in the Commons now, instead calling for “dialogue”. Instead questions Tory donations. Shouts of “Are you saying this for a clip on Russia Today?” #weak
— Greg Hands (@GregHands) March 12, 2018
Not a single word of condemnation? He actually used the word “condemns” in the very first part of his speech!
Of course he was heading for a slapdown. Of course it arrived:
— The Awakend #RJCOB (@the_awakend) March 12, 2018
Tories literally just make things up wholesale – and then call everyone else fake news…
— The SKWAWKBOX (@skwawkbox) March 12, 2018
Because he's smearing? Who knows? I'm finding it hard to find any other reason for his abject, mendacious nonsense. I shall check rolling Hansard in a minute to see if it's up, and do a screen-shot.
— 🕊CrémantCommunarde#NHSLove❤️ (@0Calamity) March 12, 2018
A blatant lie! @jeremycorbyn should talk to his lawyers. They seem like good ones.
— James (@James4Labour) March 12, 2018
— Chris Outwin #FBPE #WATON🇬🇧 🇪🇺 🇺🇬 🌍 (@COutwin) March 12, 2018
If you feel so strongly against Russia you'll be giving the donations back then?
— Danny (@dangall90) March 12, 2018
It seems likely Mr Hands’ outburst had a completely separate motive from concern that Mr Corbyn was no ascribing blame appropriately:
Oh dear someone has seen the polls over the weekend and gone into panic mode.
— Amelia S #Im4JCFollowme (@ollyo9) March 12, 2018
Yes indeed – Labour is now seven points ahead of the Conservatives in the polls.
It seems Mr Hands thought that lying about this serious issue might be a quick way to reverse the trend.
He didn’t reckon on the power of the people – simply to check the facts.
Now let’s hope he has made his party’s standing worse, in the esteem of the public at large.
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