Shame on The Guardian: It has claimed Jeremy Corbyn has U-turned when he hasn’t

Facepalm: Jeremy Corbyn would be right to be exasperated by the determination of the mainstream media to misinterpret his words, and his party’s policy.

“Corbyn backs referendum on Brexit deal after EU election exodus” trumpeted The Guardian this morning (May 28), implying that he has changed his view and reneged on agreed Labour Party policy.

He hasn’t. It is not true.

But you had to read three paragraphs into the story to get the facts. Here they are:

Labour’s preference would be a general election but any Brexit deal “has to be put to a public vote”, he said.

That is party policy as decided at the Labour conference last year. Mr Corbyn hasn’t changed his position one iota.

Labour’s position is that Parliament has voted down the Brexit deal negotiated by the Conservatives; this constitutes a “no confidence” vote in the government and there should be a general election. This isn’t likely to happen because the Conservatives are holding a leadership election of their own, then they’ll claim that the new leader should have a chance to renegotiate with the EU27. But that is none of Labour’s concern.

Labour’s view is that, if a general election doesn’t happen, there must be a public vote. Mr Corbyn re-stated that; he hasn’t unilaterally changed it.

It is disingenuous of newspapers like The Guardian to suggest that he has. And the Labour sources it claims said “this was a shift from his previous position that a second referendum was being kept as an option on the table to stop a damaging Tory Brexit” probably don’t exist.

If a “source” isn’t named by a national paper, they’re probably not real.

We’re going to see a lot of this deception over the next few weeks and months. After all, we’ve had a lot of it over the last few!

There’s only one thing to do:

Call it out – wherever you see it.

Source: Corbyn backs referendum on Brexit deal after EU election exodus | Politics | The Guardian

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2 thoughts on “Shame on The Guardian: It has claimed Jeremy Corbyn has U-turned when he hasn’t

  1. Colin Clarke

    I fail to see why “Freedom of the Press” is a passport for editorials and blag of the right wing to be published as fact. Plus,when the right wing are shouting about that freedom it can be taken as the truth that the right wing are using their propaganda machines to the full! Why does this government remind me so much of Nazi Germany?

  2. pat massie

    There will likely be scathing lies , rumours accusations. Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t lied. He stands by the Labour Manifesto.

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