Heard of Peter Tatchell? What's that you say "I have Saturday."
Today Jeremy Corbyn was scheduled to make a speech to mark the anniversary of the United Nations general assembly signing of the universal declaration of human rights in 1948. It was held at Methodist Central Hall in London.
But only one person is grabbing the headlines and it is veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell who disrupted the event.
As a lifelong, some would say serial activist and campaigner, Jeremy Corbyn took Peter Tatchell's interruption on the chin but perhaps Mr Tatchell would do better lobbying at Tory events. They after all are the government of the day.
Maybe Mr Tatchell would be unable to get through security systems at Tory events?
So what he did was use a worthy event to push a different agenda.
The Guardian reports "As the protesters stood silently in front of Corbyn, the Labour leader said: “It’s all right, it’s OK.” Tatchell then said: “What is happening in Aleppo is a modern-day Guernica. We haven’t heard the leader of the Labour party speak out enough to demand UK air drops to besieged civilians who are dying in their thousands.”
While his words on Syria may be valid his timing stunk to high heaven.
It means Tatchell is Saturday's big story not human rights or Syria or Corbyn or the Labour Party.
I hope Mr Tatchell enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame which will do nothing to unite the Labour Party and may even play into the hands of plotters actively seeking to remove Corbyn as party leader.
The problem is Mr Tatchell that a divided Labour Party will not win elections; will not remove the Tories from office; will not secure the NHS, stop benefit sanctions, home the homeless in the UK, halt the need for foodbanks and more.
And in guaranteeing a Labour fail you Mr Tatchell will not help the people of Syria, not one iota.
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