Random anti-Conservative posters have started appearing across London, including the one pictured above. They stand as a sharp response to Amber Rudd’s appeal on the BBC election debate yesterday (May 31) to “Judge us on our record”.

Ms Rudd is to be applauded for turning up, two days after the death of her father – but the studio audience laughed at her for suggesting we should vote Conservative, based on their record of systematically abusing disabled people, spectacularly missed economic targets, the longest fall in wages since records began, NHS cuts, austerity, child poverty, secret courts, contempt for human rights… The list goes on and on but you can read a good summary here.

She managed to squeeze four outright lies into her first 34 seconds of speaking in the debate – as this article explains.

Theresa May – who should have been at the debate but laughed off all criticism of her failure to attend, saying she preferred to go out into the country, meet very small groups of pre-approved Tory voters, and answer their questions rather than those of the electorate-at-large – was roundly criticised by other party leaders apart from Jeremy Corbyn, who chose to rise above such derision. Perhaps he was thinking of Mrs May’s own attacks on him, and her predecessor Margaret Thatcher’s comments about such attacks:

The tweeting public were less kind:

(Personally, I think Mrs May will get her sanction on June 8, but the sentiment is understandable.)

The right-wing press has reacted to the drubbing in the most predictable way possible:

What the¬†Mail‘s writers perhaps haven’t realised is that the audience was picked independently of the BBC, by the ComRes polling¬†company.

If the balanced group was jeering criticism of Jeremy Corbyn, it’s because the nation at large supports him.

Perhaps that’s hard for the¬†Mail – and the¬†Guido Fawkes blog – to take but Paul Mason gets it right in his tweet:

All the Mail has achieved with its headline is a further consolidation of support for Mr Corbyn and Labour.

The public have had enough of the Conservatives, who lie to cover up their failures and try to fool us into supporting further fails.

We want honest politics.

That’s why we’ll be voting Labour on June 8.

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