Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was hit with an egg at a public appearance outside a north London mosque, the Evening Standard reported late Sunday. The attacker, not a worshiper at the mosque, said, “When you vote you get what you vote for. I believe in peace. I believe in voting.”
And, apparently, in egg throwing as well. Or, as Comrade Joseph Stalin supposedly put it (he didn’t, we mention it mostly because Corbyn and Stalin are not so far apart ideologically): “You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs.”
The attack took place while Corbyn was visiting the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, at the heart of his own election district, Islington North.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying: “At around 3:50 PM an egg was thrown at a member of Parliament. The incident occurred on Seven Sisters Road. A 41-year-old man was quickly detained by officers on scene and arrested on suspicion of assault. He is currently in custody at a north London police station.”
Corbyn left the site with police escort around 6:30 PM.
On the eggs and omelets thing, Time magazine attributed it to Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich, one of the of Stalin’s closest associates who helped Joe seize power. Kaganovich was, obviously, a member of the tribe, who got to remain alive to the ripe old age of 98 — quite a rarity for the folks in Stalin’s circle. At his death, in 1991, he was the last surviving Old Bolshevik, and was outlived by the Soviet Union by five months. Shows what cracking eggs can do for you.
It was actually François de Charette, a French warrior in the American Revolution, who said it first: “On ne saurait faire d’omelette sans casser des œufs.”
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