Attacking Jeremy Corbyn in this location was the stupidest thing anyone could do

Coming up (Labour) roses: Mr Corbyn kept smiling both before and after the egg attack at the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park.

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:

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:

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:

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.

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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5 thoughts on “Attacking Jeremy Corbyn in this location was the stupidest thing anyone could do

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      In that case, it makes what he’s supposed to have said even more unacceptable.

  1. Colin Clarke

    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!

  2. Zippi

    Words fail me. This country has gone to the dogs. We are all going to Hell in a handbag.

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