The far-left conspiracy theorists are having a field day once again. The uproar over Jeremy Corbyn’s support for a graffiti artist who depicted Jewish bankers playing monopoly on the backs of the poor, is, apparently, all one big “smear.”
“Several dozen Labour MPs are trying to scupper Labour's chances at the local elections,” wrote Aaron Bastani, the pro-Jeremy Corbyn media personality on Twitter.
“Then they will blame it on Brexit and Corbyn, point to where we are in electoral cycle and, before March 2019, launch yet another leadership campaign.”
It’s an argument that has gained much traction among the Labour leader’s cultish following - including that of Momentum founder Jon Lansman - over the past 48 hours, accompanied by the Twitter hashtag #PredictThe NextCorbynSmear.
But the notion that “muralgate” is yet another plot to attempt to topple Mr Corbyn can be shattered, like so much of the far-left mythology these days, with considerable ease.
It was last Friday when Labour MP Luciana Berger reignited the question as to why Mr Corbyn had opposed the removal of a mural painted in Tower Hamlets, east London, in 2012. She had seen a post on Twitter by Clare Quilty which flagged up the issue and asked why Mr Corbyn had tried to defend it. It was the first time Ms Berger had seen the image.
The JC had been first to raise this issue with the Labour Party in 2015 – but received no response.
Ms Berger, I learn, felt the need to question Mr Corbyn herself over his Facebook post defending the mural after seeing the image and her leader's reaction to it just four days ago on March 22.
Over the past few weeks the Liverpool Wavertree MP has spoken at several community events, hearing first-hand about the concerns which ordinary Jewish voters have about Labour under their current leader - yet trying to mount a case for them to still vote for the party in local elections in May.
Like a lot of so-called “moderate” MPs in the party, Ms Berger has continued to campaign tirelessly for a Labour government – despite certain reservations about the man in charge.
But for a proudly Jewish MP like Ms Berger, who has experienced extreme antisemitism first-hand, Mr Corbyn’s mural Facebook post was a last resort.
Unlike his membership of pro-Palestinian social media groups in which antisemitic material was circulated but which he may not have seen, Mr Corbyn’s defence of an anti-Jewish artist was indefensible to the core.
Just how could she continue standing up in front of mainstream Jewish audiences, in synagogue halls and community centres across the country, and attempt to persuade them they were all mistaken over Mr Corbyn’s attitude to antisemitism?
There’s no conspiracy. Just the truth.