Fake news hack slapped down over ‘Momentum v Moderates’ lie

The perpetrator: Apparently this person claims to be a journalist of some kind, but seems to have forgotten the requirement of fairness and accuracy.

The charitable response would be to say that this person is confused:

History shows that the so-called Labour Moderates (in fact, the hard-right of the party, many of whom are hard to distinguish from Conservatives in their attitudes) were the aggressors when the party’s left-wingers began to regain the ascendancy.

When Jeremy Corbyn won the party leadership, and Momentum sprang up as a members’ organisation advocating his policies, the “Moderates” did their utmost best to undermine both him and them, culminating in the failed “chicken coup” of 2016 which resulted in an increased mandate for Mr Corbyn.

Left-wingers have been attacked and undermined at constituency level as well, with false accusations resulting in lengthy suspensions for innocent party members. Perhaps the most well-known happened in Wallasey, where MP Angela Eagle blamed left-wing members for putting a brick through her office window – but no brick was found and the window that was broken in fact opened onto a staircase.

Read the responses to the tweet above and you’ll see that many people seem to have swallowed the false claim unquestioningly.

Others prefer accuracy:

And some fight lies with sarcasm:


This Writer understands that the hack who tweeted the lie has a job with a national publication that claims (somewhat tenuously) to be a newspaper.

He seems to have forgotten the main requirement of journalism – that articles must be fair and accurate.

I would recommend that anyone reading an article with this person’s name on it bear in mind that his reputation for accuracy may not be what it should be!

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8 thoughts on “Fake news hack slapped down over ‘Momentum v Moderates’ lie

  1. chriskitcher

    If this is the same journalist, Dan Hodges, that writes for the Scum and the Torygraph the surely by contributing to these examples of gutter press he can in no way be classed as a journalist. Propagandist for the Tories perhaps?

    1. JohnDee

      chriskitcher – Same happened to me – it’s being blocked – try making http://voxpoliticalonline.com your home page, just to spite them… “At a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is an act of revolution.” Join the Revolution!

  2. jill phillips

    Who first coined the term ‘Moderates’ for the extreme Right Wing? And – more importantly – why does it continue to be used – even by moderate (sic) Party Members?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I don’t know. I don’t like it but find I have to keep using it, otherwise people don’t realise I’m discussing the same people.

  3. damo

    this guy needs his head kicked in and so to does all the right wing labour mp,s give them a slap and throw them out the party

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Just a reminder that this site doesn’t condone violence in any way.
      Persuasion is the answer. I was going to suggest “gentle” persuasion but I admit that may be a step too far for some readers.

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