Whoever hit Jeremy Corbyn with an egg while he was visiting the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park didn’t think it through.
This was the spot where, on June 19, 2017, Darren Osborne – without warning – drove a van into a crowd of Muslims who were celebrating Ramadan, killing two and injuring many more, in a terrorist attack. The details are here.
In his trial, Osborne said he had originally planned to kill Mr Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
It seems he considered them to be “terrorists”. It also seems he was heavily influenced by media commentaries on then-recent events. You can read those details here.
It is in a place with this background that, on Sunday (March 3), another man came up behind Mr Corbyn and – without warning – attacked him from behind with an egg.
The Muslim Welfare House had been participating in the national Visit My Mosque Day, in which 250 mosques welcome guests and non-Muslims, and it is believed the attacker was not a member of the usual congregation.
He was apparently a pro-Brexit protester and was overheard saying: “When you vote you get what you vote for. I believe in peace. I believe in voting.”
Attacking people seems a strange way of showing pacifism – at least, to This Writer. Even if it was only with an egg.
Twitter users were quick to draw the obvious comparisons and conclusions:
I still remember the court case where the far right idiot wanted to kill Corbyn and Sadiq Khan
This disgusting media is whipping up violence against our politicians and its horrible
I thought the Jo Cox case was a wake up call but guess MSM doesn't care
— Hardeep #SuperCampaigner (@Hardeep216) March 3, 2019
Some suggested the media had endangered Mr Corbyn with biased reporting of allegations about his attitude to Brexit and to anti-Semitism. Read the tweet by “Bonzo” before the response:
Death threats to Corbyn are so common these days thanks to the trashing of Corbyns personality and character by the media and smearing him as a racist. This is on the media who are putting him in danger. https://t.co/7VFr7dhTu0
— robert jeffery (@robjeffecology) March 3, 2019
Some praised Mr Corbyn’s strength of spirit in the face of this – genuine and physical – attack and the many verbal attacks he has had to endure:
He’s insulted, threatened and vilified everyday. Yet still he remains dignified and never complains, smears or issues personal insults.
Imagine what a great PM he’d make.#IStandWithCorbyn https://t.co/3iNEfTcs9P
— Mel (@melaniekmelvin) March 3, 2019
And some – like Rachel Riley (below) – just didn’t seem to understand at all.
Ms Riley’s tweet, quoting Owen Jones discussing an earlier event involving someone else, implies that Mr Corbyn is “a Nazi”.
Ash Sarkar’s response highlights how hopelessly out of her depth Ms Riley is whenever she attempts to address such matters.
Jeremy Corbyn was egged by a pro-Brexit protestor outside the same mosque where a far-right terrorist (who initially wanted to murder Corbyn and Sadiq Khan) killed an innocent man in a racist attack 2 years ago.
Imagine being an anti-racist campaigner blind to these optics. https://t.co/ARP4gT4crV
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) March 3, 2019
There is only one reasonable interpretation of this event. It is that peaceful people are under threat from those who are easily influenced – most readily by the media.
Do the main TV and radio news sources and the mainstream press have anything to say about their role in this?
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It wasn’t an egg. The assailant PUNCHED Corbyn.
In that case, it makes what he’s supposed to have said even more unacceptable.
Unfortunately Right wing extremists are incapable of thinking anything through.
I really think Rachel Riley should stick to her sums. Every political comment she makes shows her bias, she is the main reason we stopped watching 8 out of 10 cats. She offends the majority of caring honest people!
Words fail me. This country has gone to the dogs. We are all going to Hell in a handbag.