If Julian Bell, as Labour group leader, signs off press releases that are lies at some point you have to conclude that Bell is a liar too. The latest press release from Ealing Labour tries to stitch together the odd line here and there from Conservative councillors to paint a picture of disarray. Julian Bell has personally signed off a press statement on Ealing hospital that says:
Cllr Phil Taylor has welcomed the closure. He said on his blog that of Ealing A&E:
“I would rather have a longer journey to a trauma centre.”
Of course I have not welcomed the closure of Ealing hospital. What I said was:
We have relatively few traumas in this country (thank heavens) but if I was a trauma victim I would rather have a slightly longer journey to a trauma centre than be killed by A&E at a district general hospital.
To suggest that this means I am advocating the closure of Ealing hospital is quite simply a lie that Labour’s leader has to take responsibility for. He signed off the press release so he is happy to tolerate lying. Indeed, that makes him a liar.
You can read the full piece here. My paragraph is at the end of a comment I made in response to another comment attached to a long posting. Decide for yourself. If Bell stops lying I will stop calling him a liar.