One would have thought a woman who is keen to take dozens of people to court for libelling her would be more circumspect about defaming someone else, but that seems not to be the case for Rachel Riley and Tracy Ann Oberman.
It seems they have swallowed a Guido Fawkes fabrication about Jeremy Corbyn hook, line and sinker.
The Fawkes blog has published a smear piece for the D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations, claiming that Mr Corbyn endorsed calls for the UK to disarm during World War II, in an article he wrote in 2003.
But it neglects to mention that Mr Corbyn was reviewing a book about the late Labour MP George Lansbury, who did indeed call for disarmament at an alarming moment in history.
So Mr Corbyn did quote extracts from George Lansbury: At the Heart of Old Labour, as he does here and as Guido quotes: “As war broke out in 1939 he wrote ‘I am also quite certain that the first great nation that declares its willingness to share the world’s resources, territories and markets and also disarms will be the safest in the world’”
But he also wrote – omitted by Guido: “George lived out his years in frenetic activity for peace travelling across Europe and the United States preaching pacifism and calling for a world conference on economic justice. He controversially met both Hitler and Mussolini in this effort, to no avail. The dogs of war were already out”. That is hardly a ringing endorsement for Mr Lansbury’s approach.
The paragraph that Guido claims shows Mr Corbyn’s support for George Lansbury’s views was in fact referring to the book, not the man: “I hope Tony Blair, on his travels on behalf of George Bush, reads at least that part of this wonderful work.”
It was a comment on the book – and a dig at the warmongering of the then-Labour leader, who at the time was heavily involved in military adventures in the Middle East that ended up causing nothing but more trouble.
Ms Riley failed to check the context and swallowed Guido‘s story whole:
This is a woman, let’s not forget, who is currently suing Labour officer Laura Murray for defamation over her tweet following the egg attack on Jeremy Corbyn in March, in which she endorsed the opinion “If you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi” with the words “Good advice”. She is claiming that Ms Murray’s observation that she was calling Mr Corbyn a Nazi is “an appalling distortion of the truth”, we are told.
Yet her own Twitter feed shows her supporting an appalling distortion of the truth by the Guido Fawkes blog.
And so, it seems, did Ms Oberman:
I can’t stress enough how this current regime is bullying, toxic, immature, sexist and racist. Now this :’Corbyn Argued for Appeasing Hitler and Disarming During Second World War – Guido Fawkes https://t.co/P6Ch8AaDem
— Tracy-Ann Oberman (@TracyAnnO) June 5, 2019
(I am led to believe that both Ms Riley and Ms Oberman have taken to deleting some of their tweets. Please let me know if the tweet by Ms Oberman (above) disappears and I’ll replace it with the screenshot I took of it. Sauce for the goose…)
Look at the number of people who have supported Ms Riley and Ms Oberman – 478 in the former case, 247 in the latter. That’s a lot of gullible people who have been taken in by a lie – because people they revere have repeated it?
Fuller details of this affair may be found on Zelo Street.
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