Letter August 28: Media’s malicious attempts to smear Corbyn

From: Louis Shawcross, Hillsborough, Co. Down, Northern Ireland.

TRYING to portray Jeremy Corbyn as an IRA supporter is malicious opportunism and trying to label him as an anti-Semite, which certain sections of the mainstream media are trying to do, is gutter journalism.

I don’t remember them portraying Tony Blair as pro-Gaddafi following his meeting in Libya with Gaddafi in 2004. Blair met him again in Sirte, Libya, in 2007 – a meeting which led to Libya signing a £400m arms deal with the UK.

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But memories of Jeremy Corbyn’s invitation to the Sinn Fein leadership to speak in London in 1984 are not treated with the same contextual diplomacy.

Didn’t talks between the belligerent groups in Northern Ireland eventually lead to the “peace” we enjoy today? Was Mo Mowlam an IRA supporter due to her talks with the Sinn Fein leadership?

Weren’t the Sinn Fein leadership invited to No.10 Downing Street once? As the media surpass themselves in digging up dirt on Corbyn, we may forget that for over 30 years as a Parliamentary MP, he has been championing the rights of the poor, the homeless, the unemployed, and the underprivileged in this country and abroad.