If Streeting called Corbyn senile, should he continue as Shadow Health Secretary?

Wes Streeting: he thinks it’s funny to accuse a Parliamentary colleague of having a serious illness.

Shiny New New Labour poster boy Wes Streeting has apologised for calling Jeremy Corbyn “senile” in Parliament. But is that really enough?

There’s no good video clip of this, it seems. Streeting was caught on a hot mic saying, “He’s gone senile” after Mr Corbyn tried to raise a point of order about Rishi Sunak’s insistence on continuing to tell falsehoods about him during Prime Minister’s Questions.

This is the best available:

Streeting later apologised, saying the comment was made “in jest, but I accept in poor taste”.

He added: “I’ve dropped Jeremy a note directly to apologise for any offence caused.”

But is that really enough?

This is the Shadow Health Secretary using a health-related slur. It not only belittled Mr Corbyn but attacked anybody suffering from dementia.

Mr Corbyn himself pointed this out later. He said he had been “subjected to an appalling and defamatory mental health slur” but accepted the apology.

He also said calling somebody senile was “not funny” and “very serious for people suffering from dementia”.

And he added: “The right thing for somebody in his [Streeting’s] position to do would be to issue a public apology to all those who may have been hurt by his comments.”

Has he done so? Not to This Writer’s knowledge.

And am I right in thinking this may not be the first time people in poor health have been ridiculed by the words of the Shadow Health Secretary?

This is not acceptable – by anyone other than the current Labour Party leader, it seems.

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3 thoughts on “If Streeting called Corbyn senile, should he continue as Shadow Health Secretary?

  1. Jeffrey Davies

    Well most of labour are ones who should never be in a red tie JC shines through and above them

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