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The combatants: Jeremy Corbyn is raring to take part in a TV debate on Brexit – but Theresa May is reluctant unless it happens on the pro-Tory BBC, despite the fact that she issued the challenge.

The attitude of Theresa May’s mass-media stooges defies belief at the best of times but this week it is defying reality.

It seems outlets like Sky and even ITV are suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn is frightened of taking part in a televised debate about Brexit with Theresa May.

These people must think we have really short memories. Here’s Peter Stefanovic to explain the facts:

That’s right – Theresa May ran away from a head-to-head with Mr Corbyn, not 18 months ago – she sent Amber Rudd to the TV debates instead. That’s why many of us – including myself – have been questioning whether she will show up this time.

Mr Corbyn has always been willing to go head to head with Mrs May, as the following indicates:

It seems more likely that Mrs May is worried that he’ll make mincemeat of her and is trying to sabotage the event by claiming he is trying to ruin it by being difficult about the venue and format (in fact, as the person accepting the challenge, the choice should be up to him).

And it seems Mrs May is right to be afraid; she fell apart when questioned by Philip Schofield on that heavyweight political debate programme, This Morning! See for yourself:

Lightweight political operators like Vince Cable have been weighing in to support Mrs May’s side – but they are lightweights, simply trying to get noticed. The fact is that Mrs May wants the debate to be hosted by the BBC because the BBC is biased in her favour – and that is all the reason we need to demand that the debate happens elsewhere:

Lord Adonis is absolutely right. Consider the pro-Tory support that lurks in the BBC’s political news team – an organisation which, let’s not forget, put an actor on our screens to pretend that she was a “pastor” who supports Mrs May’s Brexit deal, and hoped we wouldn’t notice (we did). Tom Pride provides details of some of these Tory stooges:

Fortunately this deception is so paper-thin that all but the most gullible people are seeing through it:

Make no mistake: If the debate doesn’t happen, it will be because Mrs May ran away again.

Any other interpretation is just sick Tory spin.

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