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Green Parliamentary candidate proves herself better than many in Labour

Jeremy Corbyn: it’s funny how a Green Party candidate can apologise for falsely accusing him of anti-Semitism, but people in the Labour Party – including the leader who succeeded Corbyn – cannot.

A Green Party candidate has shown herself to be better than many members of Labour – by admitting she was wrong and apologising.

Take a look at the following:

So the claim was that Green Party members called Jeremy Corbyn an anti-Semite and have yet to apologise. Which Green Party members?

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Turns out one had been discovered earlier:

But here’s a thing. Having discovered that her words from 2020 had been resurrected and thrown at her political party, Chesca Walton published a statement. This one:

She passed her comment in anger, at a time when she was not a Green Party member. She accepted that her words were ill-judged and wholeheartedly apologised.

And she encouraged anybody who thinks they can do better to put themselves forward as electoral candidates too – for an excellent reason.

She’s not quite right in what she says. Heather Mendick points out: “It is good to see someone in politics saying: I’m sorry, I was wrong. It shows openness and learning. But for the record, Jeremy Corbyn never shared antisemitic content, he’s an awesome constituency MP, and you will have to look far and wide to find a better politician.”

The reason I mention all this is simple.

Jeremy Corbyn was attacked with false accusations of anti-Semitism by people within his own party – Labour. Eventually – in 2020 – he was ousted from the Parliamentary Labour Party and made to sit in the House of Commons as an Independent.

All the accusations against Mr Corbyn have – as Ms Walton said – been disproved.

How many current Labour Party members – including MPs – have apologised in as full and frank a way as she did? When can we expect an apology from current leader Keir Starmer?

If Mr Corbyn doesn’t get one, then it’s another – big – reason for voters to abandon lying Labour and turn to someone else.

To the Green Party, maybe.

And in Hackney South, where the sitting MP is Meg Hillier, who once betrayed benefit claimants by abstaining on the Tories plan to introduce the benefit cap (which is now well-established), no doubt among other crimes against the electorate – and where Ms Walton is the Green Party?

Well, we’ll see, shall we?


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False anti-Semitism claims are being used to silence debate, says Peston at last

Robert Peston: at long last he has realised that some people making claims of anti-Semitism may not be entirely sincere.

Robert Peston has seen the light, it seems:

The TV politics reporter’s epiphany has prompted a few sharp comments from other commentators, who believe it took him too long to realise something that has been happening for years:

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In fairness, This Writer is not entirely convinced that Peston ever bought into the anti-Semitism scam entirely, for this reason:

But there it is. When the claims were about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party, they had to be completely beyond the pale to trigger suspicion in Peston’s mind.

Now, with the claims being based on the Israel/Gaza conflict, he seems more willing to accept that they don’t carry any weight.

Will he consider it worth revisiting those Labour-based claims? Comment below if you think he should.


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MORE FAKE NEWS: ‘proof’ that Hamas killed/beheaded babies is nothing of the sort

Benjamin Netanyahu: apparently the latest ‘evidence’ comes from the Israeli prime minister – and cannot be independently verified.

This Writer has received a series of hate messages via the platform ‘X’, apparently prompted by this article.

It quotes the only international news agency that didn’t take the claims that Hamas beheaded babies in the Kfar Aza kibbutz at face value and sought confirmation. A report on the news agency’s website states:

The Israeli army has no information confirming allegations that “Hamas beheaded babies,” Israeli army spokesperson unit told Anadolu on Tuesday.

It was alleged that Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, “beheaded many Israeli babies” on the Israeli side during the early Saturday morning attack launched from Gaza.

When Anadolu contacted the Israeli army spokesperson unit over the phone and asked about the allegations, she said “We have seen the news, but we do not have any details or confirmation about that.”

I added:

If it had really happened, you can be damn sure the Israeli Army would have had all the details, with eyewitnesses ready to give their accounts and even – if anybody had the stomach for it – photographic evidence.

None of that is available. There is no evidence of it.

As far as the Israeli Army is concerned, it didn’t happen – and that means it didn’t happen as far as we are concerned either.

The story we are left with is that Hamas has killed babies and children. That might be shocking enough – if only the Israeli military had not killed babies and children in its blanket bombing of Gaza.

You see, the aim of the story was for Israel to claim the moral high ground, and now it can’t. To quote the late, great Paul Newman, “There are only murderers in this room.”

This Site stands vindicated (yet again) as one of the few that stood up for factual accuracy.

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This seems to have triggered my correspondent, who claims to be a former colleague from my days at the Shropshire Star, where I was a reporter around 20 years ago. He posted a copy of a post from one Ben Shapiro, showing what is claimed to be the burned body of a baby, then added:

I make no attempt to hide this person’s ‘X’ handle – which is anonymous anyway. Whoever they are, they deserve a bit of exposure after trying to smear me with falsehoods like the following:

Yes, I lost my libel trial and the cost is about right. No, I wasn’t discredited as a journalist; loss of a libel trial doesn’t correspond to such a thing. And I wasn’t expelled from Labour for anti-Semitism but for – in the words of the judge when I took Labour to court over this – “possibly upsetting people”.

On the substantive point that the image posted by Ben Shapiro showed “proof” of the claim against Hamas: it didn’t. It was an image purporting to be of a burned body. It was not an image of a decapitated child.

So my words in the article that upset my disputant stand: “The story we are left with is that Hamas has killed babies and children.”

So let’s not have any more silly shouting about my journalistic integrity.

In fact, the claim that Hamas attacked civilians is now under attack. That organisation has gone on the record as saying it has done nothing of the sort – although I had to go to an Indian news website to find the comments:

In a video statement, Basim Naim, an official with Hamas’ information office, as quoted by CNN, called on the media “to abide by the journalistic code of ethics”.

“We firmly deny these allegations as we reject this media bias, and we call on media to abide by the journalistic code of ethics,” said Naim.

Calling Hamas’ recent large-scale surprise attack on Israel a “defensive” and “internally Palestinian” operation, the official said that it “targeted only the Israeli military bases and compounds.”

Naim further stated that there were explicit directives “from the top commanders of Al Qassam Brigades (Hamas’ military wing) to avoid targeting civilians or killing them.”

So now we have a claim that whatever killed the people at Kfar Aza, it wasn’t Hamas.

As for the new images, here’s possibly the best-known news agency in the world – Reuters:

Israel’s government showed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and NATO defence ministers graphic images of dead children and civilians on Thursday, saying they were killed by Palestinian group Hamas as it builds support for its response.

There were no images to suggest militants had beheaded babies — a particularly explosive accusation that first emerged in Israel’s media and initially confirmed by Israeli officials.

The images of the dead infants were included in the video played to NATO. It was not released to the public, but was later seen by Reuters in Jerusalem. Reuters could not independently verify the material.

So the new images are uncorroborated and cannot be proven to be linked to Hamas attacks.

And Hamas has denied attacking civilians in any event.

Who should you believe?

My best advice would be: neither.

That may come easily to you, as regards Hamas – an organisation, we are told, of terrorists. But you should also apply it to the Israeli government, that wants you to be so horrified by what it says Hamas has done that you’ll look the other way while it commits war crimes against innocent people in Gaza.

Obviously you shouldn’t believe the lunatic who chose to lie about me on ‘X’.

Once again, the first casualty of war is the truth.


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Israeli army can’t confirm that Hamas beheaded babies. IT DIDN’T HAPPEN

Palestine and Israel: I did look for a different image this time – but decided to stay with one that is relatively neutral and non-triggering.

Another propaganda piece bites the dust – and a particularly nasty one, at that.

After all the hysteria about Hamas “beheading babies” in the Israeli Kfar Aza kibbutz – including a wave of front-page news stories in UK newspapers, it seems only one news organisation has actually sought corroboration of the claim – and found that it cannot be proved.

That organisation was Turkish news agency Anadolu, which posted the following on X:

A report on the news agency’s website states:

The Israeli army has no information confirming allegations that “Hamas beheaded babies,” Israeli army spokesperson unit told Anadolu on Tuesday.

It was alleged that Hamas’s armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, “beheaded many Israeli babies” on the Israeli side during the early Saturday morning attack launched from Gaza.

When Anadolu contacted the Israeli army spokesperson unit over the phone and asked about the allegations, she said “We have seen the news, but we do not have any details or confirmation about that.”

If it had really happened, you can be damn sure the Israeli Army would have had all the details, with eyewitnesses ready to give their accounts and even – if anybody had the stomach for it – photographic evidence.

None of that is available. There is no evidence of it.

As far as the Israeli Army is concerned, it didn’t happen – and that means it didn’t happen as far as we are concerned either.

The story we are left with is that Hamas has killed babies and children. That might be shocking enough – if only the Israeli military had not killed babies and children in its blanket bombing of Gaza.

You see, the aim of the story was for Israel to claim the moral high ground, and now it can’t. To quote the late, great Paul Newman, “There are only murderers in this room.”

This Site stands vindicated (yet again) as one of the few that stood up for factual accuracy.

But don’t feel bad if you were fooled by the mainstream hysteria. Here in the UK we have been trained to believe that our news providers have the highest standards – and they should; I was trained in exactly the same way as most of the “journalists” who fed you this lie. It’s just that I followed my training and they didn’t.

Just to show you how twisted the news situation in the UK really is, it seems there’s a concerted campaign to run Vox Political and sites like it out of business. If you want to show your appreciation for what I do here, you could start by buying my new book.

On the subject of sites like this one, Tim Fenton at Zelo Street has pointed out that the “fake claims of unspeakable harm being meted out to babies go right back to the Great War. More recently, the régime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq was accused of baby killing during its occupation of Kuwait. That wasn’t true either.”

I’m looking forward to a welter of shame-faced retractions from UK politicians and media types. But I’m not holding my breath waiting.


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Press regulator urged to act after continued failings in Jewish Chronicle reports

The press regulator has been – again – asked to launch a standards investigation over continued “serious and systemic” editorial problems causing “egregious” malpractice at the Jewish Chronicle.

IPSO has been contacted by 15 victims of inaccurate reporting by the newspaper – including This Writer – after eight further breaches of the editors’ code of conduct were made by the Jewish Chronicle following the regulator’s decision not to launch a standards investigation over an initial 33 such breaches and four admissions of libel.

In our letter, which is also signed by such famously-wronged individuals as Jo Bird, Audrey White and Marc Wadsworth, we say: “This was in our view a shocking level of non-compliance, equivalent to one breach in every four issues published over the period, yet the IPSO Board considered two training sessions to be sufficient remedy. For context, this would be the equivalent of a daily newspaper breaching the Code 91 times in one year.

“We found the decision of the IPSO board not to order such an investigation in December 2021 disappointing and based on spurious reasoning.

“Your letter of 23 December 2021 explained that your refusal was in part because of a ‘change of ownership’ in 2020, and ‘new editorial leadership’ in 2021. As you are no doubt aware, that change of ownership appears to have been driven by financial losses largely occasioned by libel payouts resulting from poor journalism. The change of editor in fact took place when its editor of 13 years resigned only 72 hours before IPSO’s meeting to discuss this issue on 14 December 2021.

“We read in the recent review of IPSO by Sir Bill Jeffrey that, in February of this year, IPSO declared that ‘sufficient improvements had occurred in both complaints handling and editorial standards to allow the cessation of active monitoring of standards’ at the Jewish Chronicle. This conclusion is surprising to us given that, between December 2021 and the publication of that report, IPSO had upheld three further complaints against the Jewish Chronicle and
the paper had also (to our knowledge) been obliged to take down one further article.

“Only two months after the IPSO board decided to take no further action against the Jewish Chronicle, and three weeks before the publication of Sir Bill Jeffrey’s report, yet another complaint against that publication was upheld, involving three separate breaches of the code of conduct and a finding that it had behaved unacceptably.

“To quote paragraph 19 of that adjudication: ‘The committee expressed significant concerns about the newspaper’s conduct prior to the publication and the absence of a published apology as part of the remedial action which had been taken. The committee considered that the publication’s conduct was unacceptable, and their concerns were drawn to the attention of IPSO’s standards department.’”

We wrote: “We hope that IPSO will now recognise that the mere provision of training failed to resolve the serious and systemic journalistic and editorial problems at the Jewish Chronicle. Sir Bill Jeffrey wrote that an IPSO standards investigation is only likely to happen if malpractice is egregious and comes out of the blue or if ‘IPSO conclude that their engagement is getting nowhere and a stronger response is needed’. It is surely obvious now that IPSO is getting nowhere with the Jewish Chronicle and that a stronger response is needed.

“The Jewish Chronicle shows no signs whatsoever of improvement. Every one of the post-2021 adjudications includes reference to one or more of ‘significant inaccuracy’, ‘significantly misleading’ reporting, and ‘unacceptable’ conduct. If this continuing record of journalistic failure and malpractice does not amount to a ‘serious and systemic’ breach of IPSO’s code of conduct, we would welcome your comments and clear explanation of what exactly would be required to amount to such a breach.

“We urge you to recommend a standards investigation to your board, and to do so urgently – in weeks rather than months – before more bad journalism is published, more falsehoods are disseminated among readers and more harm is done to innocent people.”

My upheld complaint that the Jewish Chronicle had falsely stated that I had made “antisemitic” comments is the first item on the list of that organisation’s breaches.

A series of articles against Audrey White had falsely alleged that she had lied in order to be readmitted to the Labour Party when Jeremy Corbyn became leader, after having been expelled in the 1980s (all untrue); that she had received multiple warnings about bullying other party members (she had not); that she had falsely claimed to have complained to the police about a Labour councillor and a disabled pensioner (it was not a false claim); and that she had been a member of the Socialist Party (she had not).

The newspaper had to publish an apology to Marc Wadsworth after, in its own words, “We reported that Marc Wadsworth had spoken at the launch event for the ‘Labour in Exile Network’ (LIEN), a group that aimed to discover the addresses of Jewish Labour activists to “take care” of them, and that he was thereby complicit in a conspiracy to intimidate, threaten or harass Jewish activists into silence. We also suggested that there were reasonable grounds to suspect that such activities were criminal.” None of this was true.

It also had to publish a correction after stating that Jo Bird’s Labour membership had been suspended for a third time.

The letter has been sent to Lord Faulks, IPSO’s current chairman, and we await his response.


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Politics: the latest lies from Westminister (the news in tweets, Wednesday, July 26, 2023)

Rishi Sunak: another UK prime minister has been caught lying to the public.

Outrage as Sunak’s claims about the Labour Party and lawyers ‘undermine the rule of law’

Rishi Sunak has disgraced himself and his government again, with a false claim that the Labour Party and “a subset of lawyers” are supporting alleged criminal gangs who are said to be bringing people into the UK from abroad for illegal purposes.

Here’s his claim:

It isn’t true and it has provoked a storm of outrage – particularly as previous falsehoods by Sunak have led to an attempt on one solicitor’s life.

Pamela Fitzpatrick, who is director of Harrow Law Centre, tweeted: “This is completely irresponsible of Sunak. Solicitors are officers of the Court subject to a professional code of conduct. This type of misinformation by Sunak has already led to a far right extremist trying to kill a Harrow immigration Solicitor. It must stop.”

This appears to be a reference to alleged far-right extremist Cavan Medlock, who was accused of trying to murder Harrow immigration solicitor Toufique Hossain because “he objected to the solicitor Hossain’s involvement in preventing the Government from deporting immigrants”.

The alleged attack took place on September 7, 2020. It seems likely to have been provoked by claims such as this, from Sunak’s Tory colleague, then-Home Secretary Priti Patel:

The trial was last reported to be taking place on June 26 this year – but This Writer can find no report of it. News blackout?

Going back to Sunak’s allegation, there is no evidence that the Labour Party – even in its current incarnation as a Substitute Tory Party (STP) – has ever supported people-trafficking by criminal gangs.

And shadow immigration minister Stephen Kinnock has called for the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority to launch an inquiry into any attempt to help people get into the UK under false pretences, according to the Mirror.

Fellow Labour MP Chris Bryant also condemned Sunak’s claim: “In his desperation he has plumbed a new depth… He debases his office and forgets act as PM of the United Kingdom not seek to sow division.”

And shadow Attorney General Emily Thornberry tweeted: “Usually, I try and maintain some sense of respect for the office of the Prime Minister, but it’s just impossible when the man doing the job is willing to demean it like this. What a desperate attempt to deflect from his own dismal failures. Utterly pathetic.”

The Bar Council – the organisation representing all barristers in England and Wales – stated: “The comments by the Prime Minister… are clearly an attempt to play politics with the legal profession. This damaging rhetoric undermines the rule of law, trust in lawyers and confidence in the UK legal system and is to be deplored.”

For the sake of accuracy, the organisation had to also state: “Lawyers are not beyond reproach, and all professions have individuals who commit misconduct and are dishonest. Regulators are there to discipline them.” Sunak is likely to point to this as evidence to support his wafer-thin claim.

It’s not likely to sway thinking members of the public. For example:

“Sunak did not get into politics to make a better world for the people of Britain – only to make more money for himself and his rich friends – and now his grubby inhumanity is exposed for all to see. Better he had never been PM and that his inadequacy had remained his secret,” tweeted science journalist Marcus Chown.

Finally, there is a question over whether Sunak’s government colluded with the Daily Mail on the article, in order to have some kind of “fig leaf” with which to cover its draconian and internationally-illegal new measures against people fleeing persecution in foreign countries.

Here’s another member of the law-practising community that Sunak has attacked:

Zionist origins of BBC reporter who challenged politician on anti-Semitism raise serious question about BBC impartiality

Strange. When This Writer was trained as a journalist, I was taught to be fair and impartial – that is, not to colour my reporting of events with falsehoods.

Now it seems the BBC – the biggest news organisation in the world, if I recall correctly – is employing people with an ideological bias towards the exact opposite.

Samantha Simmonds, the interviewer who reeled off false claims of anti-Semitism against the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, was a member of a Zionist group and may have had an interest in discrediting the former leader and his supporters.

If she allowed her own personal politics to slant her on-air reporting, the BBC should be considering this to be a very serious matter indeed.

Watch her interview again and see how she presented falsehoods as facts and, when countered by former Uxbridge and South Ruislip Labour chair David Williams with the truth, cut him off:

The BBC relies heavily on its reputation as a factual news reporter – and its dominance of the news media means a majority of the public relies on it too.

When one of its representatives is found to be regurgitating untrue propaganda for political ends (Jeremy Corbyn sought a peaceful solution for the Israel/Palestine question, including freedom for Palestine and Zionism demands that all Palestinian territory must become part of Israel, with its inhabitants thrown out), it brings the integrity of the BBC as a whole into question.

Knowing what has happened here, will you be ready to believe BBC reporting on the next big controversy?

If you want to complain, the BBC has a web page telling you how to do so. Feel free to use it.

Keir Starmer claims he’ll give every child ‘the best opportunities’ – after condemning hundreds of thousands to poverty

The propaganda piece accompanying Starmer’s tweet seems to have been created to head off criticism of his decision to keep a quarter of a million children in poverty – and a further 850,000 in deep poverty – by extending the Tory child benefit cap into any Parliament run by a party led by him.


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This Tory PM’s contempt for people in poverty should kill his party at the ballot box

A metaphor for the UK: in this image, the entire nation could be represented by the beggar with the “Need a miracle” sign.

Look at – and listen to – this:

As ever, Rishi Sunak was talking nonsense at Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday (Wednesday, May 10). Here’s Peter Stefanovic with a reality check (its the first part of the clip; he goes on to discuss Sunak’s falsehoods about the NHS and dentists):

Sunak reckons he can get away with it because of a simple fiddle: poverty figures are relative; they are based on the median average income in any particular year – and incomes have been suppressed since the Tories came into office in 2010.

So people are currently considered to be in poverty if their income is 60 per cent of the median average, or less.

A better measure would be the cost of living and whether people are able to meet that cost on the income they receive.

Sadly, I know that a Conservative government would then argue about what should be included in the “cost of living” – for a very obvious reason:

Under that measure, poverty would be shown to have increased exponentially in the last 13 years of Tory rule – to envelop most of us.


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Tory lies: they say police numbers are at their highest ever. But check the small print

Police: the Tories are fiddling recruitment numbers – there still aren’t enough of them. And do we trust them any more?

Here’s a great piece of exposure by Peter Stefanovic:

The Tories were never going to recruit an extra 20,000 police officers; they were always trying to compensate for the 21,000 they removed – and they were never going to make it because a more realistic recruitment figure, taking retirements into account, was 50,000.

Worse still, because the population has risen, the number of police officers per UK citizen has fallen drastically.

And to cap it all off, trust in the service is at an all-time low because of recent revelations about the Metropolitan Police (institutionally racist, misogynistic and homophobic).

The result is a crisis for law and order in the United Kingdom that Braverman is simply ignoring.

How many times will the Tories repeat their ‘crime is down’ lie?

Suella Braverman: here, we see her displaying her usual understanding of the issues before her – brow furrowed, mouth twisted in a sneer… completely lost.

This is Home Secretary Suella Braverman, speaking today (March 27):

This is misleading.

I say it’s misleading because, while it may be true, fraud is a crime. Include it and crime has increased by more than half. I know because I checked the official figures last week.

You may remember Andrew Bowie coming out with a similar lie on the BBC’s Question Time show:

I then debunked this falsehood on This Site:

The change from 4,150,916 crimes in the 2010-11 financial year (remember the Tories came to office in May 2010) to 6,300,968 by March 2022 is an increase – a rise – of more than 51 per cent.

This is the point. Bowie flat-out lied, or got it badly wrong. Braverman was trying to get us to believe something equally misleading.

Because crime isn’t down.

It has increased hugely.


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Johnson tries to take credit for Crossrail – but he won’t railroad us

Lying Boris Johnson has been caught being dishonest again – this time about the new Elizabeth Line in London, formerly known as Crossrail.

In Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (May 18), Johnson attacked his opponents in the Labour Party, saying:

“It was fantastic to see Her Majesty the Queen open Crossrail yesterday…Who was the Mayor of London when Crossrail was first started to be built, and who was the Prime Minister who completed it?

“We get the big things done. And that’s why there’s never been a Labour government who’s left office with unemployment lower than when they began.”

He was being extremely economical with the truth, as usual.

Crossrail was approved under a Labour government in 2007. Work did indeed start on it around a year into Johnson’s first term as London Mayor, in 2009 – but that was still under a Labour government.

And Westminster Labour councillor David Boothroyd had something to say about that. He tweeted: “The Mayor of London who got the Crossrail scheme going was [Labour’s] Ken Livingstone.

“The Mayor of London who forgot about Crossrail and led it into delay was Boris Johnson. The Mayor of London who got Crossrail delivered was Sadiq Khan.”

It is true that the central stretch was due to open in 2018 but was delayed, and costs soared from a predicted £14.8 billion to nearly £19 billion.

A spokesperson for London Mayor Sadiq Khan was more diplomatic: “Crossrail got the green light under the previous government and first started to be built back in 2009. Since then the project has been supported by successive governments, Mayors and businesses in our city, with over two-thirds of the budget coming from London government and London’s businesses.

“The completion of the Elizabeth Line shows the benefit of politicians working together and taking long-term decisions when it comes to crucial infrastructure projects that will have a positive impact across the whole country for many decades to come.”

Johnson made a blatant factual error when he said the new rail line had already delivered 72,000 jobs. In fact, it will be able to transport 72,000 people per hour.

Possibly worse than all of the above is the fact that Johnson was trying to use the new Elizabeth line to justify, in some way, the huge costs his government has forced onto ordinary people – pricing a dialysis user, in his own words, “out of existence“.

In fairness, he had requested details of the case but it was not reasonable to make a bald – and false – claim about the economy and the Elizabeth Line.

It demonstrates what a despicable opportunist Johnson is.

Source: Elizabeth line: Boris Johnson mocked for claiming credit for Crossrail despite law passing under Labour

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