The Tories and their muppets in the media seem determined to continue making themselves look ridiculous with the lie that Jeremy Corbyn promised to end all student debt.
The latest stupid stunt is publication of an election video by Imran Hussain, described by the Evening Standard as a “key ally” of Jeremy Corbyn, in which the MP mistakenly claims that Mr Corbyn had announced that “that every existing student will have all their debts wiped off”.
The paper claims that Mr Hussain was making a “firm pledge” on student debt, but this is clearly untrue: The video itself – and the paper quotes it word for word – shows him stating: “Just this morning Jeremy Corbyn has announced that the tuition fees will be abolished straight away from September if there’s a Labour government, and that we will bring back immediately EMA,” along with the mistaken debt promise.
That means we can check what was said. Mr Corbyn made his announcement on tuition fees in a speech on May 22. It was widely reported in the press – see this BBC article, for example – but nothing was said about wiping off student debt – you can check the speech for yourself if you like.
So where the Standard reports, “A source close to the Labour leader stressed: ‘Imran was mistaken. That was not our policy,’” – that was correct.
The claim that Mr Hussain’s video proves Labour made the pledge is just another silly lie.
Still… while the Tories and their press puppets are still pushing this fantasy, they can’t complain about Labour’s supporters pushing back.
Here’s another student on why she voted Labour:
I have £15k of student debt for 1 year PGCE teacher training. Corbyn never said he'd wipe my debt. I voted for future students #ToryDebtLies
— Tash (@eFlat_Horn) July 24, 2017
YouGov has got in on the act, pointing out that “only” 17 per cent of 18-24 year olds interpreted a truncated version of Jeremy Corbyn’s statement on student debt as meaning he would write it off:
— YouGov (@YouGov) July 25, 2017
Note that these people were responding after the event, and were not shown Mr Corbyn’s full comment, which made it perfectly clear that he did not “have a simple answer for it at this stage”.
One wonders why YouGov did not publish the full comment. Were the company’s Conservative owners hoping for a larger percentage than 17?
John Prescott reckoned the whole student debt lie had been cooked up by former BBC political reporter – now Tory press chief – Robbie Gibb:
— John Prescott (@johnprescott) July 25, 2017
“Gibbs fibs”? That’s actually quite brilliant. But one wonders whether the Tories will start whining on a different tack because of it. Their other attack plan over the summer seems to be about abuse aimed at the political classes. An independent inquiry, started on Monday, focuses on MPs but no doubt some of them would stretch the definition to include their favoured minions like Mr Gibb.
And then there’s this, from Momentum:
These two don't hold back! (Watch till the end?) pic.twitter.com/kHzClyAarL
— Momentum (@PeoplesMomentum) July 25, 2017
“They really are full of crap, aren’t they?”
“Yep. The Tories are full of crap.”
You can bet the Tories and their supporters will complain bitterly about that. Nobody will care, though.
You see, unlike their claim about student debts, this one is accurate.
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