The smear tactics of the Left
BY CHARLOTTE GILL
A few weeks ago on Twitter, I had to do a double take.
Tom Watson had posted that an organisation employing Johnny Mercer needed “investigating” – as it had received government funding while hiring the Tory MP.
The intricacies of what this company did weren’t what shocked me. It was the audacity of Watson to use that word. “Investigating”. What right does he have to call for an investigation ever again? The last time Watson did this it was utterly catastrophic, and that’s putting it politely.
In 2012, the Deputy Labour Leader heard allegations from a man called Carl Beech. He had suggested that a group of MPs, generals and senior figures had sexually abused and murdered children, and that he’d personally witnessed this in the 1970s and 80s.
Instead of saying: “look, Carl Beech, you should take your allegations to the police”, Watson believed every word and announced to all his high profile pals that there was a “clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to parliament and No 10”, and said Beech “only told [him] about one murder… and I didn’t need to hear any more.”
Now we all know, however, that Beech is a horrible loser fantasist. He has been jailed for 18 years for inventing the paedophile ring, with the investigation into his claims costing an astronomical £2.5m.
The results of his lies are heart wrenching. One of the accused, former Home Secretary Lord Brittan, died before his name was cleared. The location of his grave had to be hidden, as his loved ones were so worried it would be vandalised.
Those living with the repurcussions are haunted. One of them, ex Conservative-MP Harvey Proctor, has said the probe left him in “complete devastation”. He believes it was politically motivated and concluded: “I do not know whether I can recover, I’m not sure I have the time to recover. I believe I will think about this on the day I die.”
Harvey has called for Watson to resign. Too right! Beech’s lies were terrible in the first place – but what made them worse was that they were broadcast by Watson.
His complete disregard for fair trial was deeply alarming. Someone such abysmal respect for due process shouldn’t be managing a checkout till in Sainsbury’s let alone be a few steps away from running the country.
And yet you can bet money on the Deputy Labour Leader staying put. The reason for this is simple: the only people who are good at hounding others out of political roles are members of the Left. None of them are crying for Watson to go.
Some of this is political desperation – anyone will do if it gets Labour into power. Others do not even realise the seriousness of what Watson did. That’s because lying about people has become normalised by Left in recent decades, particularly shown up through Brexit.
Not all of them are guilty of this, incidentally, but many of Labour’s most prominent members have regularly accused the opposition of being “fascists”, “Apartheid”, “Hitler”, “hard-right” or “Nazis”. These are dangerous delusions, normalised in our discourse.
Twitter Lefties regularly take aim at right-wing journalists they don’t like, accusing them of taking “dark money”, in quite a menacing, defammatory way. I myself have been told I am “handsomely paid”, “part of a small, very protective network” and work on Tufton Street.
Why do they do it? Why do they lie in this way?
Because it is easy to invent, as opposed to engaging intellect. It reduces a person and silences them in the quickest possible way. Unlike court cases, which take time and diligence.
Some might say that Watson made a mistake when he sided with Beech, but he was old enough to know better.
Worst still, the investigation drained resources away from real crime. Paedophiles ruin lives; they are not part of a parliamentary game.
Charlotte Gill is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Mail on Sunday, The Times and The Telegraph. Follow her on twitter: @CharlotteCGill