Amiable eccentric no more: Piers Corbyn ...
This is as a result of an excursion undertaken by Piers Corbyn and a number of his anti-vax fellow travellers which yesterday brought them to Milton Keynes. Once gathered, they staged a demonstration, but very few people took any notice. So in order to cause more people to pay attention to their cause, they marched on a Test and Trace facility.
... and his latest far-right pal, Jeff Wyatt
And while the BBC has reported that “Police are appealing for information after anti-vaccine protesters targeted an NHS testing centre, shouted abuse at staff and appeared to damage equipment. Dozens entered the site in Milton Keynes on Wednesday, and were captured in videos shared on social media”, they missed the role of the far right.
Shayan Sardarizadeh from BBC Monitoring was doing just that. “Anti-vaccine protesters hurl abuse at staff at a Milton Keynes test and trace centre today, chanting ‘shame on you’ and falsely accusing them of ‘murder’ … Anti-vax protesters throw in a bin a box of equipment they took from a Milton Keynes test and trace centre during a rally today”.
Then, after Rachel Clarke, who you can tell as she’s a doctor, mused “Imagine being so selfish - so convinced of your own righteousness - that you’d storm a Test & Trace centre, abuse staff working there, steal testing equipment, & dump it in a bin outside the centre. In a *pandemic*”, the identity of some of those present came under the spotlight.
Marc Lister was, as so often, recording events. “The usual suspects have travelled to Jeff Wyatt’s home town of Milton Keynes for a covid conspiracy protest today. Kate Shemirani has been marked on the promotional posters as one of the speakers”. Sadly for those present, the increasingly wacko (and struck off) Ms Shemirani couldn’t make it.
But what of Jeff Wyatt? One observer of the far-right knew all about him. “Wyatt was deputy leader of the extremist anti-Muslim party For Britain. After a disagreement with the leader he switched to the extremist anti-Muslim party UKIP”. That’s For Britain as in Anne Marie Waters, and UKIP in the days when it was being run into the ground under the less than benign leadership of Islamophobic bigot Adolf von Batten.
So while Thames Valley Police cast around for evidence, telling “We are aware of an anti-vaccination protest in Milton Keynes today. We're currently reviewing the activity for any criminal offences and will take swift action if any have been committed”, they should be adding domestic terrorism to the charge sheet. And including both Piers Corbyn and his new best pal Jeff Wyatt on the list of those who might assist with their enquiries.
It is becoming clear that Piers Corbyn is not some mere oddball, an eccentric who should be humoured. His participation in yesterday’s act of terrorism, and the company he chooses to keep, shows that he has drifted to espouse the far-right.
He may be about to experience his second recent arrest. What a deserving chap.
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