Theresa May’s statement on the Manchester bombing is being repeated regularly on TV news channels.

I may be exaggerating slightly, but Mrs May is certainly getting a lot of airtime out of the Manchester attack.

I know she’s the prime minister, and I know it’s a national emergency, but we are still in an election period and nobody can say that the other political leaders are getting anything like the same coverage, even though they all have messages of their own.

If the Tories’ poll ratings enjoy a bounce after this incident, then they will be guilty of the worst kind of politics – using a tragedy for petty political positioning.

Her statement was more than eight minutes long, meaning TV news editors can show different clips of it, depending on their own purposes. Here it is:

Jeremy Corbyn also made a statement in front of the cameras. Apparently it appeared once on BBC News:

I’ve seen nothing from the other UK political leaders.

What are ordinary people to think of the fact that Theresa May is all over the news and Jeremy Corbyn isn’t? It is still an election period and, to be honest, the news media should be giving equal coverage to all political parties.

As it is, every time Mrs May appears on TV, it might as well be a party political broadcast for her, and her Conservatives.

This leads to the obvious question:

Wouldn’t it have been better for official announcements to have been made by a non-party political representative at this time?

I raised this issue on Twitter. Here are a couple of the responses:

Already some people are speculating about whether the Tories engineered this tragedy for precisely such a purpose. I would love to debunk such ideas but – in an age when Conservative policies have led to the deaths of thousands of people suffering with long-term illnesses and disabilities – my motivation to do so is… somewhat lacking.

If the Tories’ poll ratings enjoy a bounce after this incident, then they will be guilty of the worst kind of politics – using a tragedy for petty political positioning.

I trust I would not be alone in finding that sickening.

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