David Lammy was right to name and shame the ERG | Suzanne Moore

The Labour MP was challenged over his forthright criticism of the Tory group, but let us just look at the evidence …

They really don’t like it up ’em, do they? The horrific mutation of Eton, ego and the European Research Group (ERG) that produces the likes of Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg must not be called nasty names. Oh, no. It has been suggested that the Labour MP David Lammy went too far on The Andrew Marr Show when he said that comparing the ERG – a group of Tory MPs that supports a hard Brexit – to Nazis was “not strong enough”. Marr challenged Lammy on his language, pointing out that the MPs he was referring to were elected representatives. Lammy responded: “I don’t care how elected they were – so was the far right in Germany.”

Lammy’s rhetoric has been criticised, but let’s join the dots. Johnson says he is pro-immigration, and says he has only met Steve Bannon twice. I haven’t got all day to rehearse the racist remarks Johnson has made over the years.

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