This Site has praised David Lammy in the past – particularly over his defence of the Windrush generation of UK citizens the Tories tried to deny and deport.
But his latest outburst deserves no support at all. It shows that he is a two-faced fairweather friend who says only what he thinks will help him. We already have a Boris Johnson for that kind of behaviour – and it belongs in the Tory Party, not Labour.
'I so wish Bernie (Grant, former Labour MP) had been alive to see his great friend Jeremy Corbyn become leader of the Labour party'
Now David Lammy apologises for nominating Corbyn. There’s a reason the public don’t trust politicians. pic.twitter.com/SCDdtW2YQr
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) December 28, 2021
What an odious little weasel Lammy is. As transparent and inauthentic as the day is long… https://t.co/QYRDHQOB8v
— Phil Gould (@bongosaloon) December 28, 2021
Lammy sucked up to Corbyn when he was leader, just as much as he sucks up to Starmer now. The kind of fair weather friend you want nowhere near you in a foxhole.
— Martin S (@nevervotedtory1) December 28, 2021
And it shows that we can’t trust any of his previous comments – including those on Windrush.
Voters in Tottenham, who turned out in support of Lammy more when Mr Corbyn was Labour leader than at any other time, will be taking careful note.
GE votes for Labour in Tottenham…
2001: 21,317 (Blair)
2005: 18,343 (Blair)
2010: 24,128 (Brown)
2015: 28,654 (Miliband)
2017: 𝟰𝟬,𝟮𝟰𝟵 (Corbyn)
2019: 𝟯𝟱,𝟲𝟮𝟭 (Corbyn)
— Jerry Hicks (@JerryHicksUnite) December 28, 2021
David Lammy's majority went from 67% to 82% in 2017 for some inexplicable reason.
— Punk Rock Dad (@PunkRockDad2) December 28, 2021
Hoping the constituents of Tottenham open their eyes and never vote for David Lammy ever again. 🐍🐍🐍🐍
— Rose Y 🌹❤🌹 (@roseyYaz) December 28, 2021
And commenters have been quick to point out the flaws in Lammy’s behaviour:
January is named after Janus, the two faced Greek and Roman god. I think to better reflect modern Britain, that month should be renamed Lammy.
Happy to support a petition to do that! pic.twitter.com/xgDDOTQtZB
— Devutopia (@D_Raval) December 28, 2021
Every time I have a half-thought about voting Labour to stick it to Johnson et al, someone like Lammy comes along to remind me they're all the same bunch of slimy opportunists
— Queen of Scotties 💙 (@RedWoman1552) December 28, 2021
Has David Lammy apologised for campaigning to free Nelson Mandela given his position on Israel was the same as Jeremy Corbyn's?
— Mark Hebden 💙 (@unionlib) December 28, 2021
Can David Lammy please explain why he's happy to say Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela aren't remotely racist and yet that Jeremy Corbyn is?
— Daniel Grigg (@Daniel_Grigg) December 28, 2021
Did David Lammy ever apologise for supporting the Iraq war and voting against an inquiry into the Iraq war?
— Taj Ali (@Taj_Ali1) December 28, 2021
I’d like to apologise for ever thinking David Lammy was on our side.
— Daniel Falconer ❄️ (@DanielJFalconer) December 28, 2021
I apologise unreservedly for having supportively retweeted @DavidLammy in the past.
— Peter Donaldson (@PDWriter) December 28, 2021
Jeremy Corbyn will be remembered as a wonderful human being and a hero. His deeds the stuff of legends.
No one will remember David Lammy. Rightly so.
— Art Crunchy (@ArtCrunchy) December 28, 2021
Today I will mainly not be apologising for agreeing with Jeremy Corbyn. Thank you
— Holly Norval (@Earthboundarts) December 28, 2021
I’ve mentioned the possibility that the voters of Tottenham will turn their collective back on Lammy, now he has revealed himself to be untrustworthy. It doesn’t stop there:
Time for all #TradeUnions to turn their back on Labour. With the latest spite spewed out by Jewish News and David Lammy, nobody can say that they aren't enabling hate or trying to divide us. Please stop funding the hate.
— Sharon *Merry Covidmas* (@K4rmaRules) December 28, 2021
Black British media need to be asking Lammy what he is doing to get the Forde inquiry on anti-black racism in Labour published instead of distancing himself from JC a politician that was widely popular in the Black community!
— Chardine Taylor Stone (@ChardineTaylor) December 28, 2021
I hope he gets exactly what he deserves from the public, which is nothing – ever again.
I certainly hope his decision to betray Jeremy Corbyn in such an underhand way harms Labour’s electoral chances with Starmer as party leader.
And I absolutely hope that it helps prod the wider party membership to wake up and demand representatives who stand for genuine Labour Party values as laid out by the party’s founders, rather than for their own selfishness.
What can I say? I’m an optimist.
I know there are figures in the mass media that will continue to provide Lammy with a platform, while – I believe the word is “cancelling” – his critics. Consider The Guardian and the way it has refused to allow any mention of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s opposition of Israeli apartheid in order to present him as a wholly praiseworthy figure.
(Strange that opposition to apartheid is now frowned upon by the UK media that tries so hard to present itself as reasonable.)
The responsibility, as it has always been, is personal.
It is up to all of us to remember that Lammy is not worth our time, and to switch him off or block him out. He has nothing to say that anyone could possibly want to hear.
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