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‘I didn’t call Corbyn a Nazi’ says Riley. Do you believe her?

Coming up roses: Jeremy Corbyn kept smiling both before and after the ‘egg’ attack at the Muslim Welfare Centre in Finsbury Park on March 3, 2019.

What a pleasure to be writing about a court case involving Rachel Riley, that doesn’t involve me as well!

The TV parlour game-player was in the High Court today, giving evidence in her libel case against Laura Murray, a former aide of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The details of the case are laid out clearly in the Yahoo News report, here:

Ms Murray had posted [a] tweet on March 3, 2019, after an egg was thrown at Mr Corbyn, who was then the Labour leader, by a Brexit supporter when he was visiting Finsbury Park Mosque, in north London.

She had been responding to a tweet posted by Ms Riley, Mr Justice Nicklin was told.

Ms Riley had initially retweeted a January 2019 tweet by Guardian columnist Owen Jones, about an attack on former British National Party leader Nick Griffin, in which Mr Jones had said: “I think sound life advice is, if you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi.”

She had added “Good advice”, with emojis of a red rose and an egg.

Later, Ms Murray had tweeted: “Today Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque for Visit My Mosque Day, and was attacked by a Brexiteer.

“Rachel Riley tweets that Corbyn deserves to be violently attacked because he is a Nazi.

“This woman is as dangerous as she is stupid. Nobody should engage with her. Ever.”

The article continues:

Ms Riley was questioned by Mr McCormick.

He suggested that Ms Riley’s tweet had generated a Twitter debate around whether or not she had called Mr Corbyn a Nazi.

Ms Riley accepted that she regarded Mr Corbyn as “anti-Semitic”.

But she said she had not called Mr Corbyn a Nazi and added: “I didn’t use the word Nazi.”

In fact, Mr Justice Nicklin had already made a ruling on the meaning of Ms Murray’s words that did not include any claim that Riley had called Corbyn a Nazi.

That being said, when he reviews the case, he will see that on the day Mr Corbyn was attacked with an egg, Riley published a tweet saying people who don’t want to be attacked with eggs should not be Nazis, adding the remark “Good advice”.

Riley might have meant any number of things when she published her tweet, and she can say whatever she likes about it now. We have no way of knowing whether any of her claims about it now are accurate. That’s why the judge has to rely on the tweet as published, in the context in which it was published at the time.

His job will be to decide, not whether Riley wanted to indicate that Corbyn is a Nazi, but whether a right-thinking member of the public was likely to draw that conclusion from what she had published.

Please don’t respond to this article with your own interpretation of the tweet’s meaning (at least, not until after the judge returns his verdict).

But feel free to consider for yourself what you think Riley’s tweet meant.

The case is continuing throughout the week and should be extremely interesting to all of us.

Source: Countdown presenter’s reputation damaged by ex-Corbyn aide’s tweet, court told

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Riley sues Labour complaints chief in ‘litmus test’ for possible future libel cases

Accused: Laura Murray with Jeremy Corbyn.

I will be following this case very carefully.

It seems Rachel Riley, the Countdown co-host turned Twitter anti-Semitism crusader, is suing Labour’s complaints chief, Laura Murrey, for defamation.

Ms Riley is seeking £50,000 in damages, plus court costs, over an exchange of tweets earlier this year.

It happened after Jeremy Corbyn was assaulted in the Muslim Welfare House, Finsbury Park, by a man who allegedly hit him in the head with an egg. The incident happened in March.

Ms Riley’s response to the event was to retweet a comment made by leftie columnist Owen Jones in January. He had stated, referring to an incident in which members of the BNP had eggs thrown at them: “I think sound life advice is, if you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi.”

To this, Ms Riley added the words, “Good advice.”

This attracted considerable criticism. I quoted Ash Sarkar’s tweet in my article on the Muslim Welfare House incident:

According to the Jewish Chronicle:

Ms Murray tweeted: “Today Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque for visit my mosque day, and was attacked by a Brexiteer.

“Rachel Riley tweets that Corbyn deserves to be violently attacked because he is a Nazi.

“This woman is as dangerous as she is stupid. Nobody should engage with her. Ever.”

But Ms Riley said her own post, which quoted a tweet from left-wing commentator Owen Jones, was not a reference to Mr Corbyn and should not be interpreted to mean the Labour leader himself was a Nazi and deserved to be egged.

She said Ms Murray’s tweet about her was an “appalling distortion of the truth.”

Was it? It will be informative to see what the court decides.

When I was informed of the case by a friend, I tweeted: “I remember the incident. This will be a litmus test for further such cases, I think. My personal opinion? Ms Riley doesn’t have a leg to stand on.”

Ms Riley will need to prove that the claim in Ms Murray’s tweet was false; that it was libellous and that it caused damage to her (meaning that she suffered financial loss as a result).

To do this, she will need to explain what other reason she could possibly have had for dredging up a two-month-old tweet about egging Nazis, on the day Mr Corbyn was egged, if not as a comment on that incident.

Her testimony at the witness stand will be enlightening.

Source: Countdown’s Rachel Riley sues Labour complaints chief Laura Murray over tweets | News | The Sunday Times

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Brexit supporter who PUNCHED Jeremy Corbyn – he didn’t ‘egg’ the Labour leader – admits assault

Coming up (Labour) roses: Mr Corbyn kept smiling both before and after the ‘egg’ attack at the Muslim Welfare Centre in Finsbury Park.

Absolutely stunning: The mainstream media is still claiming that Jeremy Corbyn was attacked with an egg when he was punched in the head.

It undermines respect for the British news media.

The evidence was that Mr Corbyn was struck on the right side of his forehead and the culprit – named John Murphy – has admitted assault by beating.

It was not assault by beating an egg.

The Mirror‘s report of Mr Corbyn’s account is telling:

‘Mr Corbyn, who was largely uninjured but left with a red mark, noted Murphy’s face was “contorted” with rage and he appeared “very aggressive”.

‘In a victim impact statement read to court, the Labour leader said: “I was shocked and surprised when the assault occurred as I have always felt safe and secure at the Muslim Welfare House.

‘”The assault was completely unprovoked and threatening.

‘”Whilst I’m determined to make sure I’m able to interact with people as I always have, I now have to be more cautious.

‘”I feel these kinds of attacks drive a wedge between elected representatives and those who elected them in the first place. We are now reviewing and increasing my security protection.”‘

It seems an egg was involved, as Mr Corbyn had to wash it off, but this was a physical assault – not a prank with a food item.

Of course we know Theresa May has been stoking ill-feeling against MPs, encouraging attacks on our elected representatives.

This Site reported on the attack against Lloyd Russell-Moyle last week.

And Mrs May has been reported to the Metropolitan Police for inciting violence against MPs.

Strangely, though, if the violence is against Labour MPs, nobody in the media seems to want to mention it.

UPDATE: Murphy has been sentenced to 28 days in prison. The mainstream media is continuing to play down the attack, despite the discovery of online death threats by Murphy and others.


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No fake outrage over assault on Jeremy Corbyn please – the shock is that he was attacked AT ALL

Let’s be honest: Jeremy Corbyn likes to be among members of the public. That creates an issue when some of them have been incited to harm him by misleading media stories [Image: John McDonnell].

Congratulations to fellow left-wing political site Skwawkbox which I believe was first to point out that media reports of Sunday’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn were inaccurate and he was punched in the head, not “smacked” on the head with an egg.

There has been a considerable amount of outrage over this failure in coverage by the mainstream media – particularly the BBC – as a result, with questions also asked about how the sound was cut from a report on the incident and its aftermath, on BBC News yesterday (March 4).

And people have been complaining that a far greater fuss was made about the harassment of then-Conservative MP Anna Soubry on College Green in Westminster in January – by far-right-wing “pro-Brexit” protestors.

Calm down, everybody – please.

These were different cases. A suspect in the Corbyn incident was arrested immediately; the Soubry case rumbled on in both the mainstream and social media because nobody was charged with any crime after an MP (and several others including journalist Owen Jones) was put in fear for their safety.

The issue was that it was too easy for dangerous people to get close to our elected representatives; it was about protection.

That raises an obvious – more relevant – question: Why was Mr Corbyn in a situation where it was possible to assault him – or do worse?

He’s the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition party, after all. Doesn’t he rate a bit of safety?

The answer is, of course, that it’s up to him.

As a man of the people, he may not – justifiably – want people in black suits going before and behind him, putting distance between him and members of the public. It would be counter-productive.

But when media coverage of – for example, the fake anti-Semitism row or Brexit – enflames public opinion against him (possibly in a misleading way; it should be suggested), then hard questions need to be addressed.

Only today (March 5), Labour MP Margaret Hodge has been all over the TV and radio news saying Mr Corbyn interferes in cases involving accusations of anti-Semitism.

As someone who has been through that process, This Writer can state that I found absolutely no evidence to suggest that this is true. I’d like to see hers.

And I think it is hugely irresponsible of her to be coming forward with apparently baseless accusations in public, immediately after a serious incident involving physical violence against Mr Corbyn.

Watch the mainstream commentators skate right past these issues over the next few days.


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Attacking Jeremy Corbyn in this location was the stupidest thing anyone could do

Coming up (Labour) roses: Mr Corbyn kept smiling both before and after the egg attack at the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park.

Whoever hit Jeremy Corbyn with an egg while he was visiting the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park didn’t think it through.

This was the spot where, on June 19, 2017, Darren Osborne – without warning – drove a van into a crowd of Muslims who were celebrating Ramadan, killing two and injuring many more, in a terrorist attack. The details are here.

In his trial, Osborne said he had originally planned to kill Mr Corbyn and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

It seems he considered them to be “terrorists”. It also seems he was heavily influenced by media commentaries on then-recent events. You can read those details here.

It is in a place with this background that, on Sunday (March 3), another man came up behind Mr Corbyn and – without warning – attacked him from behind with an egg.

The Muslim Welfare House had been participating in the national Visit My Mosque Day, in which 250 mosques welcome guests and non-Muslims, and it is believed the attacker was not a member of the usual congregation.

He was apparently a pro-Brexit protester and was overheard saying: “When you vote you get what you vote for. I believe in peace. I believe in voting.”

Attacking people seems a strange way of showing pacifism – at least, to This Writer. Even if it was only with an egg.

Twitter users were quick to draw the obvious comparisons and conclusions:

Some suggested the media had endangered Mr Corbyn with biased reporting of allegations about his attitude to Brexit and to anti-Semitism. Read the tweet by “Bonzo” before the response:

Some praised Mr Corbyn’s strength of spirit in the face of this – genuine and physical – attack and the many verbal attacks he has had to endure:

And some – like Rachel Riley (below) – just didn’t seem to understand at all.

Ms Riley’s tweet, quoting Owen Jones discussing an earlier event involving someone else, implies that Mr Corbyn is “a Nazi”.

Ash Sarkar’s response highlights how hopelessly out of her depth Ms Riley is whenever she attempts to address such matters.

There is only one reasonable interpretation of this event. It is that peaceful people are under threat from those who are easily influenced – most readily by the media.

Do the main TV and radio news sources and the mainstream press have anything to say about their role in this?


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