I’m not at all sure she should have. Yet I imagine Keir Starmer thinks she will imperil his progress to sort out anti-semitism in the Labour Party.
I have to say that to me it looks as though the Labour Party was completely dysfunctional when – and even when there was not – that anti-semitism crisis. Corbyn was not by any measure anti-semitic but people in Labour Party central office were determined to suggest he might be – just as it seems in fact they were…
Now surely less so.
So I would have thought that Rebecca Long Bailey should have simply apologised profusely.
If I understand correctly, she refused to.
So either Keir Starmer dug in – or indeed they both did.
But should it have been headlines on BBC news when Jenerick looks to be corrupt – unhelped by Nadim Zehawri saying anyone could come to a Conservative dinner to argue their planning case!
I certainly understand Starmer’s desire to shut up any problems – but why on earth did Rebecca Long Bailey refuse to apologise?
And importantly why was this headline news, rather than an addendum, on the BBC?
Surely a corrupt planning decision was of far more consequence?