Michael Fabricant was singled out by Sir Keir during his Partygate sermon in the Commons yesterday. Attacking Fabbers’ comments about teachers and nurses having a drink with colleagues at the end of the day, he then referenced one of the Litchfield MP’s constituents John Robinson:
“This morning I spoke to John Robinson, a constituent of the hon. Member for Lichfield, and I want to tell the House his story.
When his wife died of covid, John and his family obeyed the Prime Minister’s rules. He did not see her in hospital; he did not hold her hand as she died. Their daughters and grandchildren drove 100 miles up the motorway, clutching a letter from the funeral director in case they were questioned by the police. They did not have a service in church, and John’s son-in-law stayed away because he would have been the forbidden seventh mourner. Does the Prime Minister not realise that John would have given the world to hold his dying wife’s hand, even if it was just for nine minutes? But he did not, because he followed the Prime Minister’s rules—rules that we now know the Prime Minister blithely, repeatedly and deliberately ignored. After months of insulting excuses, today’s half-hearted apology will never be enough for JohnRobinson. If the Prime Minister had any respect for John, and the millions like him who sacrificed everything to follow the rules, he would resign. But he will not, because he does not respect John, and he does not respect the sacrifice of the British public. He is a man without shame.”
This morning on GB News Fabricant hit back at this, accusing Starmer of weaponising his constituent’s experience:
“The saddest thing of all, I think, is the way Keir Starmer and other politicians have chosen to weaponise the personal tradgedies endured by people like John Robinson and you know I would have though actually that was pretty beneath them.”
Guido doesn’t suppose John Robinson is that bothered about being weaponised- he already briefed his story to The Guardian five days prior…