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London Bridge attack: Boris Johnson ignores family’s plea not to exploit victims' deaths

 

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Boris Johnson has been accused of twisting the facts of the London Bridge terror attack in a “distasteful” attempt to turn it into an election issue, as he tried to blame Labour for the release of the terrorist who stabbed two people to death.

 

Despite one of the victims’ families pleading for their son’s death not to be used as an excuse for kneejerk political reaction, Johnson claimed that “a lefty government” was responsible for Usman Khan being freed.

 

The family of Jack Merritt called for the murder of “our beautiful, talented boy” to not be exploited for political gain, as police named the second victim as Saskia Jones, a prisoner rehabilitation volunteer

 

But the Conservatives nonetheless sought to push a perceived political advantage on the issue, promising to end early release for people convicted of terrorism, while saying Jeremy Corbyn was unable to keep the public safe.

 

Early on Monday, as the day’s front pages emerged covering a proposed Tory crackdown on those freed after serving sentences for terrorism, Merritt’s father David tweeted saying: “Don’t use my son’s death, and his and his colleague’s photos – to promote your vile propaganda. Jack stood against everything you stand for – hatred, division, ignorance.”

 

Richard Burgon, the shadow justice secretary, accused Johnson of going “straight from a tragedy to reheating pre-packaged political lines smearing the Labour party”.

 

The political row came as:

MI5 began an inquiry into how a suspect whom they had under “active investigation” could have launched such an attack.

It emerged that investigators discounted Isis’s claim of responsibility and believe Khan acted alone in the planning, which could have started as little as 24 hours before he struck.

West Midlands police arrested a man who had been convicted of the same bomb plot as Khan on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts. It followed a review of licence conditions after the London Bridge attack.

Johnson said there were “probably about 74” convicted terrorists who had now been freed, saying these would be “properly invigilated to make sure there is no threat”.

 

Seems there's no limit to the utter lies & fabrications he'll use...

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18 hours ago, Wulfrun said:

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Is this for real? Who has personal correspondence from 37 years ago still in the house? Is Martin Hammond still alive, has anyone confirmed the authenticity of this piece? I really think Boris is a totally  selfish arrogant arsehole but lowering to his standards just destroys your own credibility.

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Schools keep that stuff forever. The twitter account in question isn't known for spreading fake or satirical stuff.

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Then someone's really earning their keep, hope they get a Knighthood sometime. Probably won't, they don't earn enough cash to pay for it.

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1 hour ago, French bean said:

Is this for real? Who has personal correspondence from 37 years ago still in the house? Is Martin Hammond still alive, has anyone confirmed the authenticity of this piece? I really think Boris is a totally  selfish arrogant arsehole but lowering to his standards just destroys your own credibility.

 

This letter is not new, and was included in a friendly biography of him in 2006.  Doubt BJ would do anything than chortle at the letter.  Plenty of successful people have terrible school reports. Martin Hammond still alive.

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2 hours ago, snowingagain said:

Doubt BJ would do anything than chortle at the letter.

Absolutely, it wouldn't embarrass him at all. If anything, it is "on message" as far as Brand Johnson goes. He loves to play up to the "rebel without a care" image, whether it's in respect of meetings with statesmen, parenthood or personal relationships. That image is what he relies on to pretend that he isn't the 100% product of the broken Establishment which he absolutely is. The media has allowed him to market himself so well in this regard, that each time he tells a lie, he is just adding to that persona, rather than being "found out".   

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Tories buy fake website bearing Labour MP's name as party intensifies 'dirty tricks' campaign

 

 

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The Conservatives are under fire for more “dirty tricks” after buying up a website address in the name of a Labour candidate – to tell voters to “stop Jeremy Corbyn.”

 

The domain name margaretbeckett.com – instead of promoting the former Labour foreign secretary, a candidate in Derby South – reads ‘Don’t Vote Labour’ and attacks her voting record.

 

A video of her Conservative rival, Ed Barker, carries the banner: “As the Labour candidate hasn’t set up her own website, I thought I’d do one for her.”

 
The stunt was attacked by Ms Beckett who told The Independent: “This seems to be more Tory dirty tricks, which is par for the course. It’s also a bit pathetic.
“If they were confident in their case, they would simply put that case forward instead of doing something like this to give people the wrong impression.”

 

Approached by The Independent, the Conservative Party did not deny that its candidate bought up the domain name and refused to comment.

 

The row comes after the controversies that saw the Conservatives set up both a fake ‘factchecking’ service and a fake Labour website that instead pumped out Tory policies.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Wulfrun said:

Unfortunately saying that it was pathetic won't sway the public. If the Tories are to be stopped, you have to fight fire with fire. I am sure there are a lot of skeletons in the tory candidate's cupboards, just bring them out. All this sort of thing the Tories are doing was done in 1930's Germany.

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