Nice job, Telegraph, Sun and Mail reporters and editors: Your silly claim that Jeremy Corbyn was a Communist spy has given Labour a welcome three-point boost in the polls.
Mr Corbyn’s party is now back ahead of the Tories, where it belongs. Thanks, Tory papers!
Westminster voting intention:
LAB: 43% (+3)
CON: 42% (+1)
LDEM: 7% (-1)
UKIP: 3% (-1)
GRN: 2% (-1)
— Britain Elects (@BritainElects) February 21, 2018
In fact, supporters of Mr Corbyn are now asking if they can place orders for similar poll-boosting smears:
Dear Daily Mail, Telegraph and Sun,
Next week can you make up headlines about Jeremy Corbyn meeting Idi Amin, and giving him puppy skin slippers for Xmas?
Another boost in the polls would be nice.
— Wolfie. 🖐 (@Tpopularfront) February 21, 2018
The smears originated with Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, Security Minister Ben Wallace and Tory vice-chairman Ben Bradley. This Writer doesn’t usually have much to say in favour of Andrew Neil, but the usually pro-Tory broadcaster took Brexit minister Steve Baker to pieces over the behaviour of his colleagues on the BBC’s Daily Politics.
Full credit to Andrew Neil. He just demolished the Tories for sinking to new lows in their Corbyn "Soviet Smears". pic.twitter.com/qNosdfpcKH
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) February 21, 2018
Another crushing blow for the smear story came when the files of the East German Ministry of State Security, the Stasi, showed no record of Mr Corbyn:
at last some clarity from the Stasi archives on the Corbyn question pic.twitter.com/9BgT5iyv5E
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) February 21, 2018
The Labour leader himself had a stark message for the purveyors of ‘fake news’, whose plan had so spectacularly backfired:
Jeremy Corbyn has this message for the billionaire media barons intent on smearing him and lying about him. They are scared, and so they should be. The proof is in their reaction over the last few days. #ChangeIsComing pic.twitter.com/8oozjWRgtO
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) February 20, 2018
Yes it is (and, incidentally, the reporters and editors of the Sunday Times, The Sun, the Daily Mail and all the other papers that libelled This Writer may soon discover how devastating that change will be).
Of course the old guard is desperate to hold on to its influence. Here’s The Spectator‘s Fraser Nelson, mincing the facts badly:
Interesting that Corbyn comes after the press after being unable to contradict a single fact written about him in recent days. His problem is with the tone, and for this he warns newspapers that "change is coming".
— Fraser Nelson (@FraserNelson) February 20, 2018
And here’s Novara Media‘s Aaron Bastani putting him straight:
I'm afraid the media needs to actually verify claims @FraserNelson rather than Corbyn having to falsify them. Thats how the law works.
As @bbradleymp is about to find out.
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) February 21, 2018
It would be hard to find a more pertinent example of what’s happening here – the shift in influence from the mainstream dinosaurs to the new media champions.
This Site has little to add – except perhaps to reveal the result of a recent poll.
After the Corbyn smear was first published, I connected it with the revelation that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is known to have been on very good terms with a genuine Russian spy, Sergey Nalobin. So I asked: Who’s the biggest threat to UK national security – Jeremy Corbyn or Boris Johnson?
Now, after almost 500 votes were cast, I can reveal that the result was almost unanimous.
According to Vox Political readers Boris Johnson is the bigger threat to UK national security. He gained 488 votes – that’s more than 99 per cent of the total response.
And he’s the Foreign Secretary!
Only three people thought Jeremy Corbyn was a greater threat.
All in all, it would seem that, for Mrs May, her discredited government and its defamatory ministers, and her lying cronies in the press, the facts are clear to everyone.
And they don’t need to read a newspaper to know what’s really going on.
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