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Police Probe into Piers Corbyn’s Vaccination-Auschwitz Leaflets.

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Arrests at UK anti-lockdown protest attended by Piers Corbyn

 Compares Covid-19 vaccination efforts to the concentration camp at Auschwitz.

 

Many people know that Piers Corbyn was a left-wing activist. His squatting campaigning even got him in the early BBC 4 series, Lefties, (2005).  As a student at Imperial College he became a member of the International Marxist Group in the 1970s, was a Labour councillor (`1986 – 90)  and has been well-kown as an activist in Southwark for a long time. He was in short for decades, part of the  Labour/radical left that his brother has been in. Thousands of thousands of us on the left have seen him speak, and many have met him.

Corbyn’s views on Climate Change, which he developed in the new millenium (openly from around 2008)  led to an end of his direct links with the organised left. He began by sending E-Mails about his is weather forecasting operation, Weather Action, to a wide range of leftists (including the writer of this Blog). It developed into his appearance in the far-right Express, which persisted for some years (Why is the Daily Express still quoting this crank in its weather stories? 2015).

In 2013 this had caught people’s attention,

Boris Johnson has become a real embarrassment to London’s scientific community after his latest outburst of climate change ‘scepticism’,

….

it seems that the only person Johnson consults on this issue is his friend Piers Corbyn, who rejects the overwhelming evidence that rising atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases is driving the unambiguous rise in global average temperatures, and instead holds the sun directly responsible for trends in the Earth’s climate.

Boris Johnson’s climate change “scepticism” is an embarrassment to London’s scientists

This offers an overview:

Piers Corbyn is an astrophysicist who regularly speaks at climate science denial events. He is founder and director of the weather forecasting company WeatherAction[3][4][5]

Corbyn bases his forecasts on activity happening on the surface of the sun. He claims the sun is the main driver behind changes in global temperature, rather than human activities and the burning of fossil fuels. [6]

His younger brother is Jeremy Corbyn MP, former leader of the UK’s Labour Party. There is no indication that Jeremy Corbyn shares Piers’ views on climate change, with Labour strongly committing to action on climate change in its latest party manifesto. [7]

Corbyn characterises climate science as a tool of “globalists” and sees George Soros as a kingpin in a global movement of “globalist elites” who are using climate science as a cover for deindustrialising the West. He has appeared at events alongside conspiracy theorists, including Holocaust denier Nicholas Kollerstrom. [8][9]

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Corbyn has been at the forefront of promoting misinformation and conspiracy theories about Covid-19, and has led and attended a number of anti-lockdown protests.

Desmoguk.

Piers Corbyn has declared Covid 19 is a “hoax”, been an anti-lockdown campaigner and is antivaccine.

His antics have been widely covered in the media.

Corbyn has become a anti globalist conspiracy theorist, has been involved with a variety of odd-balls from that camp,, many of whom are on the far right, has got fined and has had many brushes with the law.

He is now involved in this:

 

MP welcomes police probe of Piers Corbyn leaflet comparing Covid vaccine to Auschwitz

Evening Standard.

An MP welcomed a police investigation launched into a leaflet designed by Jeremy Corbyn’s brother Piers that likened Covid-19 vaccine efforts to the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz.

The pamphlet had been hand-delivered in several areas, including Jewish homes in Barnet, north London and to residents in Southwark, south London.

It carried a cartoon of the extermination camp where 1.1 million people were murdered between 1940 and 1945.

A sketch of the entrance to Auschwitz in which the gates’ infamous slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) was changed to “Vaccines are safe path to freedom”.

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Southwark Labour MP Neil Coyle said: “I’m glad the police are investigating this offensive material and I hope a prosecution is secured.

“It is important to prevent this offensive Holocaust imagery and appalling anti-vaccine nonsense being circulated.”

Mr Coyle said he had heard of cases where leaflet teams knocked on people’s doors and made them come to their doorstep to talk in an apparent breach of Covid-19 stay-at-home laws.

He urged anyone with information about such cases to report them to the Met on 101 or online.

Matthew Doyle, a Southwark resident and former Labour Party aide at 10 Downing Street, said: “I was shocked to get one of Piers Corbyn’s vile leaflets through the door.

 

The Guardian has a report,

The leaflets were described by a London council as an attempt to play on the fears of some residents, particularly people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are among those most at risk from Covid-19. They feature a sketch of the entrance to Auschwitz in which the gates’ infamous slogan “Arbeit macht frei” (Work sets you free) has been changed to read “Vaccines are safe path to freedom”.

Inside, there are baseless claims such as the conspiracy theory that some vaccines contain nanochip technology which will enable recipients to be electronically tracked. They bear the name of Corbyn, a weather forecaster, and that of his website, where the leaflets appear in digital form.

“Shameful disinformation of this sort dampens our efforts to help save lives,” said Councillor Kieron Williams, the leader of Southwark council, who said the authority had reported the matter to the police.

Since Corbyn’s climate change denial the left, radical onwards, has broken its ties with him. But the far-right conspiracy leaflets Corbyn has distributed for some time,  his links with far right figures in recent years, culminating with the present leaflets with an anti-Semitic overtow, have brought the issue back to the fore. It is good that Southwark Labour MP Neil Coyle and the Borough Labour Council have spoken out. It is not illegitimate to ask other left-wingers, including,  his brother who comes from the same left Labour/radical left, to say something.

Written by Andrew Coates

February 3, 2021 at 12:06 pm

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  1. This crackpot conspiracy nonsense is going too far. If there is a nano chip in the vaccine that I’ve been given then electronically tracking me is going to be a boring and pointless job!

    trev

    February 3, 2021 at 12:18 pm

  2. He doesn’t even believe in the Holocaust. A few months ago he was a guest speaker at a Holocaust Denial event, so he is being hypocritical in using it to scaremonger now. Also, if the ‘global elites’ are deindustrialising the West, should we be organising to stop that? And, what about China’s industrialisation?

    Sue R

    February 3, 2021 at 2:43 pm


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