A journalist who won awards for his Capitol riot coverage has warned of history repeating itself after a mob harassed Sir Keir Starmer near Parliament on Monday.
Robert Moore, whose ITV documentary Storming The Capitol was honoured at two prestigious awards ceremonies last year, said the January 6th insurrection has now “crossed the Atlantic” in the wake of the confrontation.
“The same conspiracy theories, the same smears, even the same incendiary chants.
“It needs to be denounced decisively before it threatens all political civility”.
The Capitol riots in Washington shook the world after a mob of protestors were riled up by the outgoing president of the United States, Donald Trump.
Jenni Sargent, managing director of First Draft, a not-for-profit organisation that monitors and combats dis- and misinformation, said the prospect of such violence as that seen in Washington DC was “there in plain sight”.
“These are very tribal communities that feel very passionately about something,” she said.
Ms Sargent said right-wing groups in the UK had begun organising around the false theory and others like it.
“They’re very similar narratives that align with everything that’s happening with Brexit. And there are these groups all over the internet across the UK and Europe. So it’s certainly not just a US issue.”