Angela Rayner caught lying (?) about Labour’s attack ad on Rishi Sunak

Angela Rayner: her blink rate means her comments about the Labour ‘child sex’ attack advert on Rishi Sunak are not credible.

Angela Rayner is the latest Labour bigwig to come out in support of that vile attack advert that claims Rishi Sunak doesn’t want child sex criminals to go to prison.

Party leader Keir Starmer has said he supported it, after initially saying he had not been informed of it and what it contained. He was a member of the sentencing panel that approved the current guidelines for child sex offences, back in 2012 – so in fact the current situation is more his doing than Sunak’s.

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has also spoken up in support.

And now Angela Rayner. But we have a doubt about the wholeheartedness of her comments:

Yes – the blink rate gives her away.

I did an article about this after seeing James Cleverly being interviewed on Laura Kuennsberg’s Sunday morning show. Here‘s what I said then (and don’t worry – the relevant part is quite early in the clip):

“The normal blink rate is around 16 times per minutes but Cleverly is going 19 to the dozen, all the way through,” I say on the clip.

“When we’re really interested in something, our blink rate slows down because we’re trying to take in more information – but when we’re stressed or anxious, which is normal if we’re trying to deceive someone, the blink rate goes up.”

Now go back to the Rayner clip, in which she blinks 13 times in 16 seconds.

If she had been in a television studio, she might have had an excuse – because studio lights may be harsh on the eyes. But from the background, it looks as though she was at home or in an office.

So there seems no other explanation for her blink rate but stress.

Is she lying about the advert? Or is she just unhappy to be having to support it? You be the judge.

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