While we’re waiting on Jezza to pull his finger out and finally decide to reconstitute his ‘Peace & Justice Project’ into a new political party, he’s been busy still not getting over the 2019 election result. Yesterday yet another sore-loser interview was published, with the independent MP once again refusing any blame for Labour’s decimation, and accusing outlets like The Guardian and the BBC of outrageously focusing on his antisemitism crisis:
“I have absolutely no illusions in the Guardian, none whatsoever,” Corbyn tells me. “My mum brought me up to read the Guardian. She said, ‘It’s a good paper you can trust’. You can’t. After their treatment of me, I do not trust the Guardian.”
“He continues: “So was I surprised? No. And I’ve had to live with the behaviour of the Guardian ever since. But the Guardian is in a unique position because it is the paper most read by Labour Party members, is the most important in forming opinion on the centre and left in British politics. And they are very well aware of that, which is why I think an analysis of the Guardian’s treatment of the time that I was leader of the party needs to be made because they and the BBC had more unsourced reporting of anti-semitic criticisms surrounding me than any other paper, including the Mail, The Telegraph and the Sun.””
Off the back of this, the publisher, Declassified UK, makes the following incredibly misjudged assessment:
“The media assault on Corbyn during his tenure as Labour leader from 2015-20 will be recorded as perhaps the most intense political assassination in modern British history.”
An assessment Corbyn’s Peace & Justice Project clearly agrees with, actively picking the quote out when sharing the interview:
Guido suspects the families of Jo Cox and Sir David Amess would disagree with the self-pitying hyperbole…
Some harrowing news in court today as the jury was told Sir David Amess’s killer, Ali Harbi Ali, also considered targeting Michael Gove and Mike Freer before his attack on the Southend MP. It also emerged Ali said “sorry” before repeatedly stabbing the MP.
Two constituents who turned up for the next appointment heard cries for help from Amess’s staff while Ali waved the knife around shouting “I killed him, I killed him… I want him dead.”
“I want every Parliament Minister who signed up for the bombing of Syria, who agreed to the Iraqi war to die.”
“I’ve done it because of Syria. I’ve done it because of the innocent people. I’ve done it because of the bombing. He deserved to die.”
“I want to die; I want to be a hero”.
According to prosecutor Tom Little QC, Ali purchased the knife used in the murder five years prior. He denies murder and preparing acts of terrorism.
Ali Harbi Ali, 25, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of MP Sir David Amess and preparing acts of terrorism
Hundreds of mourners gathered to pay tribute to Sir David Amess this afternoon after he was killed in a terror attack last month. The hearse drove through his constituency, pausing to stop outside the church in which he was killed and his constituency office.
Mark Francois delivered another moving eulogy at the private service in Prittlewell, telling mourners that Sir David “put Basildon firmly on the map and he worked tirelessly for Southend”. Following the 1pm service, a horse-drawn hearse carried the Union flag draped casket on a procession through Southend. Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe, also a friend of Amess’s, read a statement on behalf of the Amess family, and asked people to “set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all”.
In a statement on Facebook this evening, Angela Rayner says following the death of Sir David Amess she has reflected on her infamous Tory scum rant and apologises, saying she will not use such inflammatory language in future:
“While I have been away from the cut and thrust of Parliament I have reflected on our political debate and the threats and abuse that now seem to feature all too often.
I have also reflected on what I said at an event at Labour Party conference. I was angry about where our country is headed and policies that have made life harder for so many people I represent. But I would like to unreservedly apologise for the language I used, and I would not use it again.
I will continue to speak my mind, stand up for Labour values and hold the government to account. But in the future I will be more careful about how I do that and in the language that I choose.”
Read Rayner’s full statement below:
Sir David Amess’s French Bulldog, 3-year-old Vivienne, has been crowned the winner in this year’s Westminster Dog of the Year competition. Escorted by MPs Andrew Rosindell and Mark Francois, Vivienne defeated 22 other pups to claim Parliament’s most coveted prize, winning both the judges’ vote and the public’s online votes by “tens of thousands“. Speaking this morning, Rosindell said:
“No one loved animals like David, and no one loved their dog like David. I could not feel more sadness at the fact that it will be me chaperoning Vivienne, his dog, at the Dog of the Year, instead of him, but I also could not feel more pride to be able to pay tribute to him in this small way.”
The pawfect tribute.