London Met makes news. But is it the whole story?
HARDLY had I finished complaining that the media had not given the suspensions at London Met much coverage than the evening TV news finally broke its silence.
"A university researcher has been suspended after it emerged he has a conviction over a car bombing at the Israeli Embassy in London".
London Metropolitan university suspends researcher with car bomb conviction
Not bad only a fortnight after Jawad Botmeh and Max Watson were suspended. But to be fair, if we believe that first sentence - remarkably similar to what appeared in one or two newspapers previously - it only "emerged that" Jawad Botmeh had a criminal conviction five years after he started work at London Met, despite the fact that he and his supporters say he told his employers about it when he applied for the job.
Far more people, myself among them, knew about Jawad Botmeh's conviction, along with Samar Alami, for "conspiracy to cause explosions", than knew where he was working. Many of us considered it was a stitch-up. But London Met, apparently in the minority, only took out his file this year, after he was elected a staff member of the board of governors. And sacked him two weeks later, on February 7, along with his colleague, Unison branch chair Max Watson.
I wonder whether anyone else suspects as I do that there might be an unseen hand behind this?
Meanwhile the third man to be suspended, Professor Steve Jefferys, head of the Working Lives Research Institute has written this letter:
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