Owen Jones: After Kelvin MacKenzie’s new outrage, has the right abandoned all decency? | Owen Jones

The former Sun editor’s ‘joke’ about Corbyn being knifed fits a pattern. Civilised Tories can’t be silent as far-right racism and smears pull the election to the gutter

Imagine a former Daily Mirror or Guardian editor joking about Theresa May being knifed to death as a cause for national celebration. There would be a national furore. It would be presented as a striking case of how hate-filled, vicious and sadistically intolerant the modern left is. Anyone vaguely on the left would come under immense pressure to immediately dissociate themselves from such a sickening outrage, or otherwise be tarred by association.

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