Boris Johnson was under pressure today to apologise to Keir Starmer for claiming that the Labour leader refused to prosecute child abuser Jimmy Savile when he was Director of Public Prosecutions.
It would be absolutely right for Johnson to do so; there is no evidence that Starmer had anything to do with that wrong decision, as those who were present at the time acknowledge:
Reference to Jimmy Savile by Boris Johnson was a disgrace to Parliament & office of Prime Minister
ITS NOT TRUE
I was there
Keir Starmer had nothing to do with the decisions taken
On the contrary, He supported me in bringing 100s of child sex abusers to justice #SueGrayReport
— nazir afzal (@nazirafzal) January 31, 2022
However, some are saying it is poetic justice that Starmer is getting some of his own medicine after he has spent more than a year lying about former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
I honestly don't care about the Jimmy Savile smear targeted at Starmer as it's about time he took a dose of his own medicine after treating Corbyn like crap
— Dylanneth97 (@LeftyRevolutain) February 1, 2022
When Keir Starmer has come close to the abuse Mr Corbyn has faced, when he has lies & smears told about him (that are off the scale) like Mr Corbyn did, then I might feel sorry for him. Sadly, he played his part in the character assassination of Jeremy & it continues today.
— James Foster (@JamesEFoster) February 1, 2022
If Jeremy Corbyn was totally responsible for the bad handling of antisemitism complaints in the Labour Party, then Sir Keir Starmer is totally responsible for not prosecuting Jimmy Savile.
— Frank (@AhoFrank) January 31, 2022
They say – rightly, in This Writer’s opinion – that Starmer should only receive any apology from Johnson after he has apologised for the years of false accusations of anti-Semitism and support for terrorism that have been wrongly heaped on Mr Corbyn by himself and others within Labour.
If you're angry about what Johnson said about Starmer and Saville, but you're not angry about the 6 years of relentless character-assassination of his predecessor, it might just be that you're an epic hypocrite. #ItWasAScam
— simon maginn (@simonmaginn) February 1, 2022
It would be hypocrisy for him – and his supporters – to demand amends for an offence that they themselves merrily continue to commit against someone else.