Yesterday Emily Thornberry accused Sky News‘s Dermot Murnaghan of sexism for asking her to name the French foreign minister. While the shadow Foreign secretary has since been the subject of much ridicule over the claims, she can take heart that some comrades still have her back. Step forward George Galloway.
Galloway has written a blog post on his website in which he defends Thornberry. The former Labour MP says she was ‘right to complain’ about Murnaghan’s questioning — though not for the reason she put forward:
‘I’m not Emily Thornberry’s biggest fan, and she should have known the name of the French Foreign Minister (whom Boris Johnson had just met) and both the gender and name of the President of South Korea (who had just threatened the nuclear annihilation of North Korea in one of the world’s most dangerous stand-offs). But she was right to complain about the interview conducted by Sky News’s Dermot Murnaghan though not for the reasons she stated.’
Galloway claims that although Thornberry was ‘right to infer that no Tory minister would have been subjected by him to such a “pub quiz”’, this is not because she is a woman but because she is Labour:
‘But, and here is something most others have missed. All Labour leaders have been fair-game for Sky News et al. In defending himself against Thornberry’s brave confrontation of his conduct, on-air, Murnaghan prayed in aid, what? That he had subjected another Labour shadow minister Alan Johnson, when he was shadow Chancellor, to exactly the same tactic!’
However, rather than place all the blame on Sky for targeting Labour, Galloway thinks it is in part the fault of the… Blairites. He says they ought to take responsibility for not dealing with the issue when they were in power:
‘But in truth there is an institutional bias against Labour as an idea within the media and the deep state in Britain (even Harold Wilson was bugged and burgled by them) and it is this that the Blairites could have but didn’t confront when they had the power to do so.’
Mr S is surprised it’s taken nearly a day for Corbyn’s allies to come up with this line of defence.