Friday 5 January 2018

'Sir Starmer' - A case to answer or no case to answer?

BBC News report (screengrab)

Reading this evening's reports about the release of John Worboys, the London black cab rapist, there's an interesting difference between the main online reports from BBC News and Sky News concerning the role (or non-role) of Labour's shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer eight or so years ago.

Labour's Keir Starmer, director of public prosecutions in 2009 and the current shadow Brexit secretary, refused to answer questions about the case when approached by Sky News.
Asked whether he thought the right decision was made by prosecutors not to pursue further allegations against Worboys, Sir Keir said: "These decisions were nine years ago.
"It's very important you go to the Crown Prosecution Service and get an accurate read out of the decisions that were made, particularly if further allegations have been made now."
The CPS said Sir Keir Starmer did not have "any involvement" in Worboys' case.
Sir Starmer [sic] had faced questions over the release as he was director of public prosecutions at the time of Worboys' trial.
Speaking outside his home on Friday, Sir Keir Starmer said that if anybody felt allegations they had made had not been sufficiently investigated they should "go to the police".
When asked whether he thought the right decision was made by prosecutors, the shadow Brexit secretary said only the Crown Prosecution Service could provide "an accurate readout of the decisions that were made".
As you'll spot Sky goes straight in with an anti-Starmer point about him refusing to answer questions from Sky, whereas the BBC goes straight in with a pro-Starmer point about the CPS saying it was nothing to do with him.

Take your pick!


  1. No one here expects the BBC to be anything other than biased towards Labour and especially a soggy left labourite like Starmer.

  2. Given the bbc has a dubious history of answering questions when cornered and in the spotlight, easily explained if not excused.


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