Vox Political on the Smearing of Shami Chakrabarti

Mike a few days ago published a piece criticising the allegations of corruption against civil liberties activist, Shami Chakrabarti, for accepting the nomination of a life peerage by Jeremy Corbyn. Ms Chakrabarti was called in by the Labour leader to investigate the claims of institutional racism and anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. Chakrabarti did, and found that the party was no more racist or anti-Semitic than the others, and that the allegations were largely unfounded. She did make a few recommendations to prevent racist incidents occurring, and deal better with complaints about them when they arose.

This, however, appears to have been too much for the Conservatives and the Blairites, who seem to be desperate for there to have been anti-Semitism and racism bedevilling the party. And so they’ve started accusing Chakrabarti of corruption. Mike reported how this has been going on for over a month, and that Ms Chakrabarti was forced to deny the allegation against her and Corbyn on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday.

He also points out, using a meme he found on-line, the double standard involved. One of those David Cameron recommended for a peerage is his wife’s hair-stylist. Several others have been Tory donors. But there’s been hardly a peep about that from the largely supine right-wing press. That’s clear corruption, of the kind Private Eye used to expose twenty or so years ago. And one of the most flagrant abusers of the honours system was Tony Blair. And if we’re on the subject of genuinely morally corrupt lawyers, much could be said about Cherie. She and her law firm, Matrix Chambers, claimed to be human rights lawyers, but she ended up defending some of the nastiest, most brutal tyrants and exploitative companies. The Blairites of Progress have no problem with her, but the spectacle of a genuine and respected human rights lawyer getting a reward has sent them into a fury.

This is really disgusting, and shows how low the right-wing media and the Blairites will stoop in their determination to smear Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters and allies.

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