The above is a screenshot of a tweet sent by John Stevens, deputy political editor of the Daily Mail, responding to a message of gratitude by Jeremy Corbyn’s wife, Laura Alvarez, for the many floral gifts he has received from supporters since the suspension of his Labour Party membership.
The suggestion that the flowers should be fashioned into a wreath is appalling and unacceptable, as it could be construed as wishing death on Corbyn.
Stevens claims it isn’t. He says it refers to one of the incidents in which it was alleged that Corbyn displayed anti-Semitism – laying a wreath at a graveyard where anti-Semite terrorists were buried. This in itself is a perversion of the facts as the terrorists were buried elsewhere.
In any event, the tweet was sent to Corbyn’s wife, and may therefore be considered threatening no matter what excuse this hack tries to use. That’s certainly how most of Twitter sees it:
It does not. It was a reference to this, but you already knew that. pic.twitter.com/HSyvowPwZJ
— John Stevens (@johnestevens) November 1, 2020
What a revolting, spiteful, bullying thing to say.
Here's a wreath-laying you had absolutely nothing to say about, you hypocrite.https://t.co/9Kg911Isg6
— CrémantCommunarde#ActivistLawyer ⚖️ 🌻 ✋ (@0Calamity) October 31, 2020
Irrespective of what @johnestevens now attempts to claim to excuse himself, @metpoliceuk, it would be reasonable for Ms Alvarez to feel she and/or her husband was personally threatened by this tweet. Stevens is a miserable thug who should at least be warned to behave. Thanks. https://t.co/NHAGbXkGV5
— leftworks #WeAreCorbyn #IStandWithJeremyCorbyn (@leftworks1) November 1, 2020
I have too.
— vam Socialist 'For the Many, Not the Few'# (@vamroses) October 31, 2020
I have reported that appallingly threatening tweet. I literally could not believe that someone would tweet something so vile and sinister. I trust that @metpoliceuk will be making sure that Mr Corbyn and his family are safe and that @Twitter demands that the tweet is removed.
— #SocialistaSista3.5%🌷 (@SCore2018) November 1, 2020
Is this an incitement to violence because this is what it looks like?
— Politically Homeless #ShockDoctrine #NHSPay15 (@respeak_uk) November 1, 2020
It is certainly intended to incite violence against an individual and public figure. Irresponsible and disgusting. Reported to Twitter and to met police. All screenshot taken.
— Alice Liddell. #50sWomen #BDS 🐈🦊☮️🌹 (@AliceLi1308) November 1, 2020
Considering that the apparent incitement of violence against Corbyn resulted from Labour’s decision to suspend his party membership, one would expect current party leader Keir Starmer to leap into action, denouncing Stevens and demanding action by the appropriate law guardians (and Twitter).
Ah, but Starmer has just spent the last seven months courting the right-wing press in a vain attempt to get some positive coverage of his pathetic innings as Labour leader.
He hasn’t lifted a finger, even to type an angry tweet.
And, Labour members, you can be sure that he wouldn’t help you, either. It’s one of the reasons he must be rooted out of Labour as soon as possible; he’s only in it for himself.
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