Backlash against Branson as #Traingate footage confirms Corbyn – and This Site – was right


Score yet another point for the social media over the right-wing rags and TV channels.

Exactly a year after Richard Branson accused Jeremy Corbyn of lying about “ram-packed” conditions on a Virgin train from London to Newcastle…

…footage has emerge showing that Mr Corbyn was right.

At the time, while the right-wing mainstream press was hurling bile at Corbyn, This Site stated: “If there were empty seats, why were other people sitting on the floor with him? They weren’t all Corbyn supporters so that can’t have been the reason.

“And you don’t see any CCTV of the corridor areas, do you?”

You didn’t then; you can now:

Note that this material comes via a social media site.

Some have been quick to recognise the value of the social media in bringing to light facts that would otherwise have remained hidden:

Others have concentrated on the failings of the so-called “mass” media who did not uncover the facts and instead propagated the lie:

https://twitter.com/AbiWilks/status/900386210421637120

Everywhere but This Site, The Canary, Skwawkbox … the list of social media sites goes on and on.

And of course the backlash against Branson has begun in a big way:

https://twitter.com/BrianElects/status/900412091236065280

(Because, of course, Richard Branson does donate to the Conservatives.)

At the time, Mr Corbyn responded to the smear with good humour:

But there’s one more dire warning to come from this:

That’s right. And when these liars are eliminated from the UK’s public life, it won’t be a moment too soon.


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6 thoughts on “Backlash against Branson as #Traingate footage confirms Corbyn – and This Site – was right

  1. NMac

    Overcrowding on many Cross Country trains is far worse, I believe, than on Branson’s trains, but Jeremy C made a very valid point on the Virgin train.

  2. Zippi

    I, on occasion, have sat in the reserved seats, depending on how far I have to travel and where the reservation is from. In my experience, Virgin trains are ram-packed, regularly; Mr Corbyn was lucky to be able travel down the aisle, or even to find floor space! The biggest shame, however, is the Virgin Trains et al lied to conceal this fact and to discredit a principled man although, which was the prime motive is anybody’s guess. Anybody who has travelled these trains would have known, from experience, that Mr. Corbyn was telling true. Shame on Richard Branson and the Mainstream media. I hope that Richard Branson has the balls to apologise, publicly but I won’t hold my breath.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I’ve sat in reserved seats too, between stations where they weren’t actually reserved. Nothing wrong with that.
      Mr Corbyn was passing reserved seats that were occupied at the time, of course – a fact that Mr Branson (and the mainstream media) overlooked.

  3. hugosmum70

    to be honest, nothing has changed in nearly 50 years as far as trains to London and overcrowding is concerned. (except the name of the owner…back then in the 1970s was british rail ) My husband worked inLondon and had a flat there because he couldnt get hiome due to his working times. so i used to take the 2 kids aged 3yrs and 9 months to see him and stay for 3 week periods in the flat with him.the trains were always packed. was lucky to get a seat many a time. one day i didnt even bother looking for one. no point struggling with the kids, pushchair, and all the paraphenalia needed for 2 kids of those ages . when the aisles were full and the ends of the carriages., i sat on one case my daughter on the other n baby on my knee with rest of luggage around me.am art student kept my daughter occupied for a large part opf the journey till the conductor saw my problem and asked someone to give up his seat so i could sit with the kids and feed the baby, even 10yrs later when we took them with their grandad n step grandma to London we all had to stand both going and coming back, dad was in his 70s at that time and not too steady on his feet.but no one gave a seat up that time. so nothing new and even without the cctv footage i believed Corbyn because i knew it had always been the same travelling from north to south (I live in yorkshire).

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