The wheels have come off the anti-Labour smear machine

It seems the people trying to smear the Labour Party with false allegations of anti-Semitism have become so reckless – or so desperate – that they are risking legal action against them by publishing outright falsehoods.

Before we get to those, perhaps I should set the scene a little.

For the last few years, people who oppose Jeremy Corbyn’s policy of seeking a peaceful solution to the Israel/Palestine question have been trying to find a false accusation of anti-Semitism that will stick. They’ve failed so far.

Here are some of the reasons for that:

In fact, rational minds are clear that Mr Corbyn is a friend to Jewish people:

Still the smears come – and now that a general election has been called, it seems they are becoming more wild.

For example, the Jewish Chronicle published a front page lead story that claimed Mr Corbyn was a danger to Jews in the UK:

Now that publication, and its editor, Stephen Pollard, may face prosecution over what it said:

Then Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland smeared a Labour candidate as an anti-Semite. The allegations referred to a separate person who happened to have the same name.

The reporter has apologised, blaming his “Labour source” – but then he did this:

Oh dear.

His retraction did not come soon enough to stop Rachel Riley – a person rather well-known on This Site – from repeating the libel:

A judge will decide whether Ms Riley intentionally spreads untruths soon enough.

Now, Daniel Carden has been accused of singing “Hey Jews” to the tune of “Hey Jude” on a coach journey last year (his fellow Labour Parliamentairan Conor McGinn has been accused of calling another colleague a “poof” on the same trip, which is anti-LGBT abuse).

Skwawkbox is quite right. Mr Carden said: “If anyone genuinely believed any antisemitic behaviour had taken place, they would’ve had a moral responsibility to report it immediately. Yet this allegation is only made now when a general election is imminent. I stand by my record as an anti-racist campaigner. I would never be part of any behaviour that undermines my commitment to fighting racism in all its forms.”

It’s a good question, and it undermines the accusations against him. Meanwhile, perhaps Mr Carden would like to report an offence under s.106 of the Representation of the People Act 1983 – false statement of fact as to candidate.

(I hope he gets further than I did after it happened to me in 2017 – but then, he probably won’t be dealing with Dyfed Powys Police.)

Of course, it isn’t all roses on the Tory side of the fence either:

All this, and the election campaign isn’t even a week old yet.

Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.

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1 thought on “The wheels have come off the anti-Labour smear machine

  1. Stu

    Just like with crimes such as sexual assault, there is (rightly) a great degree of protection for the accuser but unfortunately little punishment for false accusations.

    Until the false accusers with an agenda have reason to think twice it will continue – your own court case is an excellent example of an unfair and unequal burden of proof.

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