Here’s a project for 2019 – showing the mainstream media they can’t selectively quote opinion polls to suit their political slant and expect to get away with it.
Several papers have reported a poll saying most Labour members want Jeremy Corbyn to change his mind and support a second referendum on membership of the European Union.
Here‘s The Guardian:
“Labour members are significantly more opposed to Brexit than Jeremy Corbyn is, with 72% of them thinking their leader should fully support a second referendum, according to a study of attitudes in the party.
“The polling, part of an ongoing wider academic study into attitudes in various parties, found that only 18% opposed Labour campaigning for a second referendum, while 88% would then opt for remain if such a vote was held.
“Official Labour policy is that a second referendum could potentially be considered if there is not a general election.”
And here‘s The Mirror:
“Jeremy Corbyn faces mounting pressure to back a second Brexit referendum as a poll today reveals seven out of 10 Labour members support another vote.
“The party leader has resisted growing calls to back another EU referendum, instead calling for a general election and promising to strike his own Brexit deal with Brussels.
“But a study of Labour members found 72% want the chief to get behind a second vote, while 57% of Labour voters also want him to support another poll.”
I chose these two papers because they are the mainstream media outlets that come closest to being left-wing (although in both cases that is now debatable).
But are they accurate? No. They have quoted the poll too selectively.
"Do you support or oppose the stance taken by the Labour party on Brexit" asks today's apparently blockbuster poll on a second referendum and a #peoplesvote
A clear majority support the leadership's position.
You will not find that on a single media outlet.
Please share. pic.twitter.com/6FeTv3JXUM
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) January 2, 2019
Notwithstanding that a majority would like Mr Corbyn to support a second referendum, it is clear that a majority support Labour’s currrent policy, as put forward by Mr Corbyn.
It seems clear that party members and supporters would only want Mr Corbyn to support a new referendum if it was proposed by the government – not as a party policy to be pursued in isolation.
Matt Turner seems to have picked up on that. He tweeted: “Was this bit conveniently omitted from the “hurr durr Labour members want a second referendum” diatribe?”
Probably. The newspapers don’t want you to know that, as it conflicts with their anti-Corbyn stance.
And they don’t want you to know that support for a second referendum has fallen, as noted by Tory Fibs on Twitter:
The Labour Members' Brexit Poll you seen reported in the Guardian, Independent, Daily Mirror, Huffington Post, Financial Times & Times had 2 key findings none of those papers told you
• Support for a 2nd Referendum has dropped 14%
• Members back Corbyn's strategy 46% v 29%
— Tory Fibs (@ToryFibs) January 2, 2019
This Writer is reminded of the Daily Mail‘s claim that voters support Theresa May’s brainless Brexit “deal”, based on an opinion poll that didn’t say that at all. I exposed that lie in November last year.
It is clear you can’t trust the mainstream media on the big issues. They lie about Mr Corbyn and they lie about Brexit.
People need to know.
Oh – and it seems a snap election is on the cards. Labour’s policy has been to support an election over a second referendum, as being the party of government would allow Mr Corbyn to solve the other problems currently facing the UK, and not just influence a Tory-run Brexit.
The poll quoted in the papers (above) shows clear support for this policy among Labour members.
According to Skwawkbox, “Returning officers have been told to start preparing for a ‘snap’ general election, as the reality of Commons arithmetic sinks into Theresa May’s thinking.
“There is no realistic prospect of May’s deal passing the Commons, but neither is there a viable majority for either a no-deal Brexit or an appetite for a new referendum with ‘remain’ as an option.
“This means that the only means of breaking the deadlock – which the so-called “people’s vote” could never provide – is a general election.”
It seems Labour members and supporters are much more canny than the newspapers want anybody to believe. It’s what Mr Corbyn wants, it’s what his party wants – and very soon, it may be what we all get.
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