All absent without leave

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
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Last month Jeremy Corbyn was blasted by the right-wing press after he failed to attend his first meeting of the Privy Council despite a number of Tory MPs doing exactly the same thing over the years.

This includes:

Iain Duncan Smith, then newly-elected leader of his party now work and pensions secretary, (September 19, 2001).

Michael Fallon, ex-minister for business and enterprise, now defence secretary.

Justice minister Damien Green, (September 10, 2002).

David Lidington, minister for Europe, who “apparently had better things to do than show up and kiss hands” (December 15, 2010).

Sir John Randall, deputy chief-whip, (June 9 and 21 July 2010).

Chris Grayling, Grant Shapps, Nick Herbert and Theresa Villiers, ministers for work & pensions, communities, justice, and transport, respectively, (June 9, 2010).

Guess what? Last but not least, that list also includes, “Call me Dave,” Cameron.

Further proof, if any is needed, that we should not believe all we read, especially in the right-wing Tory press.

Terry Palmer

South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74