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Not just a coincidence

Issue No. 2393

The smear campaign in the right wing media against Labour over associations with paedophiles in the 1970s appears in a new light this week.

It has been revealed that Tory party fixer Patrick Rock was arrested last month over a “potential offence relating to child abuse imagery”. 

Rock, a close aide of David Cameron, is part of a team that is drawing up policy on internet porn. 

He resigned hours before his arrest early on 13 February.

It seems the Daily Mail newspaper’s campaign against Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman began in the same week.

Harman worked for the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) during the 1970s.

The paper claimed that she stayed silent over paedophiles affiliated to the organisation while she worked for it.

The Paedophile Information Exchange was an affiliate to the NCCL at the time.

But only now has the Mail reported an unsavoury contemporary story that damages the party it supports.

It’s more than just a coincidence that the smear campaign against Labour began after Rock was arrested.

The smears are part and parcel of a right wing attack on Labour generally.

And they have nothing to do with protecting children from abuse.

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