If you are going to leak your prejudice in such a way, please keep it for private meetings amongst your friends. It really is not appropriate to leak it at a time of such gravitas, when the eyes of the country are upon you.
Or better still, stop being prejudiced at all.
That Alan Johnson, an MP I’ve always held in high regard, used his speech in the Syrian debate to have a pop at Jeremy Corbyns new kinder politics, I find deeply depressing.
Yes, there has been a frenzy of lobbying of MPs, and yes, some would have sadly resorted to personal abuse which understandably riles and upsets, but that is not a subject that should be raised during a crucial debate on War and Peace.
Jeremy has always made it crystal clear that he does not do personal – and he clearly wishes his supporters would follow suit – but he can not be held responsible for the few bad apples amongst his hundreds of thousands of supporters, any more than I can be held responsible for a Labour MP’s decision to go to war.
It’s also time to dispel the myth that only Corbyn supporters behave in this way. In the past week alone I’ve been called a ‘mong’ and a ‘fucking moron’ on Twitter for no other reason than that I support Jeremy Corbyn. The difference is, I don’t attribute their behaviour to whichever wing of the party they belong to. Unfortunately some MPs don’t adopt this attitude. Why would they when there is political capital to be made by lumping the abusers in with the vast majority of respectful Corbyn supporters; many who have taken the concept of a new kinder politics very much to their heart, and are as angry with the bad apples as those who are abused by them?
I just want to ask any MPs who do stereotype in this way the following questions – Do you blame all Muslims for the actions of Daesh? Did you used to tar all Irish people with the IRA brush? When a British soldier is found guilty of abusing a captive enemy, do you attack all soldiers for their heinous behaviour? No? I thought not. Yet when it comes to Corbyn supporters, you think it’s okay to refer to us as you would one large amalgamated blob, which means its fine to shame the leader of the blob in parliament during a crucial debate for the blobs shoddy behaviour?
Well I don’t think it is okay. In my view this is nothing more than shameful political opportunism. If you are going to leak your prejudice in such a way, please keep it for private meetings amongst your friends. It really is not appropriate to leak it a time of such gravitas, when the eyes of the country are upon you.
Or better still – stop being prejudiced at all.
By Michelle (Chelley) Ryan @chelleryn99