News moves fast. When This Writer published an article speculating on Keir Starmer possibly planning to dishonestly push Jeremy Corbyn out of Labour, it seems the party leader had already put this into action.
In a Mirror interview, new shadow justice secretary Steve Reed put out a claim that Labour “cared more about criminals than their victims” under Jeremy Corbyn. He said:
“Given the period that Labour’s gone through over the last 10 years, but particularly under the last leadership – the days when Labour cared more about the criminals than about their victims are well and truly over.”
Mr Reed said rehabilitation and tackling the causes of crime are essential. But he added: “I think when Jeremy Corbyn was the leader, we gave the impression that we were more concerned about the criminals than about their victims.
Let’s put the record straight: Jeremy Corbyn saw the Conservatives as being the party that was soft on crime – as has every Labour leadership since Tony Blair. Consider Skwawkbox‘s reaction to Reed’s smear:
Leaving aside the obvious, that rehabilitating criminals makes us all safer, the claims are an outright falsehood. Labour’s 2019 manifesto was clear on the need for a strong justice system, promising to:
• end short prison sentences
• recruit and fund 5,000 more prison officers
• recruit and fund 10,000 more police officers
• recruit and fund 1,000 more border guards
It does seem strange that Reed tries to say Mr Corbyn’s plan to do that means he “cared more about criminals”, while at the same time saying rehabilitation of criminals is useful.
A bit hypocritical, perhaps?
But then, Reed himself says – and seems proud of it – that he helped set up the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) which (while it has successfully campaigned for the removal of some genuinely poisonous individuals from the social media) is best-known as a highly-politicised pressure group that targets left-wing websites with vicious campaigns.
We’ve known of CCDH’s behaviour – and its origin as a creation of right-wing Labour to smear the left – for more than a year.
The organisation lists as its “ambassador” – and she has been described as its only patron in the past – Rachel Riley. This backfired badly against it when she announced she was supporting its “Don’t Feed The Trolls” campaign in 2019.
My CrowdJustice site, raising money to defend me against libel claims by Riley, suddenly enjoyed an unexpected windfall from people reacting against what they saw as the TV host’s hypocrisy.
Just read some of the comments in the article linked above and you’ll see clear evidence.
So not only is Reed smearing Corbyn with a false claim about his attitude to crime, but he is associated with an organisation whose patron has habitually smeared Corbyn with unsupported accusations.
If this is how Keir Starmer hopes to undermine support for his immediate forerunner as Labour leader, he’ll deserve the massive backlash that I expect to see him suffer.
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
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