Jeremy Corbyn gives Krishnan what 4

Posted On: 
14th July 2015

Jeremy Corbyn gave a sense of what might happen if he were locked in a room with Putin last night, when he had an on-air clash with a Channel 4 journalist.

Mr Corbyn was fielding questions from news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy over what he meant when he referred to Islamist militant organisations Hamas and Hezbollah as "friends".

When Mr Guru-Murthy spoke over the Labour leadership hopeful, thinking he may have been evading the question, the reply came across rather aggressively.

“Can you allow me to finish?" Mr Corbyn snapped.

"Do you mind? No, I’m not ignoring the question. If you give me a minute I’ll answer it… The point is this… Listen for a minute, if you don’t mind.”

Mr Guru-Murthy backed away for a moment, before chipping in again for another shot at pinning Mr Corbyn down on the question in point.

Mr Corbyn protested: “You are not prepared to discuss the whole issue in the Middle East; you are not prepared to discuss the wider question,” before he accused the presenter of trivialising the discussion and peddling “tabloid journalism”.

Just for the record, Mr Corbyn’s stance on the “friends” issue was as follows:

"I'm saying that people I talk to, I use it in a collective way, saying our friends are prepared to talk.

"Does it mean I agree with Hamas and what it does? No. Does it mean I agree with Hezbollah and what they do? No. What it means is that I think to bring about a peace process, you have to talk to people with whom you may profoundly disagree.

"There is not going to be a peace proccess unless there is talks involving Israel, Hezbollah and Hamas and I think everyone knows that."