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*With apologies to fans of The Eagles.

The new issue of Private Eye (1449, dated July 28-August 10) features a cartoon by Ken Pyne indicating that he – and the magazine’s editorial staff – are as gullible as everyone else who believed the Tory lie about Jeremy Corbyn and tuition fees.

The illustration (above) is doubly inappropriate in that it confuses the issue it is trying to ridicule.

As you can see, it shows two students discussing a third, who is holding a “Degree in Gullibility”. One is saying, “He believed Nick Clegg AND Jeremy Corbyn”.

The implication is that both Mr Clegg and Mr Corbyn have lied.

But the only liar is Mr Clegg (and the Eye, for publishing the cartoon).

The subject matter is clearly university tuition fees. Mr Clegg promised to cancel them if the Liberal Democrats were elected in 2010 – but instead, after going into coalition with the Conservative Party, he and the Liberal Democrats voted to triple them. So he lied in the run-up to the election.

In the 2017 election, Mr Corbyn also promised to cancel tuition fees, if elected. But he wasn’t elected so he couldn’t do so.

Perhaps Mr Pyne has confused tuition fees with student debt. Why not? After all, that’s what the Tories did.

Even then, Mr Corbyn isn’t a liar. Despite the claim that he promised to cancel student debts, it is clear that he never did, and it is the Conservatives who are the liars in that respect.

So perhaps the caption should read, “He believed Nick Clegg AND Theresa May”?

Either way – at least where Mr Corbyn is concerned, it seems nobody should believe Private Eye for the time being.


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