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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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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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