DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Labour's smears drag politics into the sewer

DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Labour’s smears drag politics into the sewer

Everyone knows that politics is a brutal game. Sometimes, however, the rough and tumble can descend into the gutter.

A case in point is Labour’s use, ahead of next month’s local elections, of a deliberately misleading and deeply offensive advert to smear Rishi Sunak as being soft on paedophiles.

To justify this malevolent claim, Labour points to Ministry of Justice figures that show 4,500 adults convicted of child sex offences since the Tories came to power in 2010 avoided a prison sentence.

Yet Mr Sunak was not even an MP until 2015, he has never held ministerial responsibilities for the courts and he has been the PM for less than six months.

To suggest that he should be personally blamed for the sentencing policies of judges – who, in this country, are mercifully independent of political meddling – is preposterous. As a former Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Keir Starmer would know that – but still approved the despicable attack ad.

Mr Sunak was not even an MP until 2015, he has never held ministerial responsibilities for the courts and he has been the PM for less than six months

This illustrates not only the depths of his duplicity, but also his staggering hypocrisy. For as DPP, Labour’s leader was instrumental in setting the very sentencing guidelines he now cites to condemn the Tories.

And while he spuriously accuses Mr Sunak of not locking up ‘dangerous child abusers’, Sir Keir’s own record doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. After all, as DPP he failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile and grooming gangs who raped hundreds of young girls. His pearl-clutching over law and order simply stretches credulity.

Labour HQ may be ecstatic that the ill-judged tweet has stirred up outrage, but it speaks volumes that even Sir Keir’s own frontbenchers have refused to endorse it.

Indeed, as ex-Labour home secretary David Blunkett writes in these pages: ‘When baseless allegations and spurious slurs replace fair and robust political debate, the very foundations of our democracy are compromised.’

The truth is, Sir Keir resorts to mendacity because he has no positive vision to offer the country. During Partygate, he piously said that in politics ‘honesty and decency matter’. He’s got a poor way of showing it.

Patients or hostages?

Junior doctors are trained to save lives. So British Medical Association members putting patients at risk by calling a four-day strike next week is unconscionable.

With fewer colleagues to cover strikers’ shifts due to the Easter holiday, NHS chiefs warn medical care ‘rests on a knife edge’. Countless thousands will be denied treatment – and some will surely die.

But scandalously, the hard-Left union refuses to back down unless the Government meets an unaffordable 35 per cent pay rise. This is nothing short of a ransom demand – with the sick and injured as hostages.

Junior Doctors from the BMA trade union on their picket line at St Thomas’ Hospital on March 15, 2023 in London

On road to hell, again

Huge queues at Dover. Flights grounded and Eurostar services axed in France. Engineering works bringing our dilapidated railways to a halt. Gridlock on our roads.

Every year Easter sees a surge in demand for travel as Britons seek to banish the winter blues. And each year, the authorities are caught on the hop. With the UK set to bask in sunshine over the weekend, many will ask themselves: Why on earth did we bother leaving home in the first place?

Queues of holidaymakers waiting on busy roads close to the Port of Dover

n WHAT a breath of fresh air that King Charles has invited hundreds of unsung heroes and charity workers to attend his Coronation. It would have been all too easy for him to fall back on tradition and stuff Westminster Abbey to the rafters with peers in coronets, peacocking placemen and potentates from across the globe. Instead, by reflecting his desire to serve a modern, diverse Britain, this joyous occasion will truly be the People’s Coronation.

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