Jeremy Corbyn goes from Mr Confusing to Mr Grumpy as wreath-gate rumbles on
Watch: The Labour leader did not like being asked about whether he laid the wreath.
After confusing matters yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn has once again spoken to journalists about the thorny issue of whether or not he laid a wreath or not for one of the Munich terrorists.
Wisely, the Labour opted against repeating his dubious line that he was present when a wreath was laid – but probably not “actually involved in it”.
Instead he told a PA reporter: “I was there when the wreaths were laid, that’s pretty obvious. There were many others who were witness to that, I witnessed many others laying wreaths.”
But Corbyn did not much like the follow-up question about whether he actually laid the wreath – as he made clear by theatrically sighing and rolling his eyes.
He then responded to his inquisitor somewhat tetchily: “I laid one wreath along with many other people in memory of all those who have died in the awful attack in 1985, which, as I keep repeating and you seem not to understand, was condemned by the whole world.”
Naturally, other journalists were unimpressed with the Labour leader’s transformation from Mr Confusing to Mr Grumpy.
“Aside from the sigh and the eye-roll, listen to the way Jeremy Corbyn speaks to this reporter and to her response about 30 seconds,” said Telegraph and soon-to-be Sky News political hack Kate McCann (who has also criticised Team Corbyn for being too wedded to background briefings) .“She is asking legitimate and important questions and his response is to patronise her.”
Apparently there was more love for Corbyn from 600 members of the party faithful who turned up to see him in Stoke.
“Everyone we spoke to agreed: Corbyn is being smeared, Labour does not have a problem with anti-Semitism and that the whole thing is largely concocted by the media and Tories," reported Sky News' Lewis Goodall.