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Johnson lies again: he said ‘huge numbers’ were returning to work to make a news headline

Contempt: every time Boris Johnson lies on the TV news, he is signalling the scorn in which he holds every ordinary citizen of the United Kingdom.

How does Boris know ‘huge numbers’ of people are returning to their workplaces and offices? He doesn’t.

But that’s what he said at a cabinet meeting yesterday (Tuesday) – and the only reason This Writer can find for it is that he wanted to get some optimistic words on the TV news so badly that he made them up.

It worked, too. Here‘s the BBC:

Mr Johnson was addressing ministerial colleagues at the start of the first Cabinet meeting since the Parliamentary summer break.

He said people were going back to the office “in huge numbers” and this ‘incredible country” was getting back on its feet.

Click on the link and you’ll see video as well. So much for Tim Davie’s demand for political impartiality!

Here’s the more logical view, courtesy of the Mirror:

Boris Johnson has claimed that people are “returning to the office across the country in huge numbers” – but isn’t able to give us any proof.

Mr Johnson made the unverified claim as his Cabinet met before Parliament was due to return on Tuesday afternoon following the summer recess.

But pressed on the details of this mass return to office blocks, Downing Street was unable to provide any evidence.

As far as Johnson is concerned, he has succeeded: job done.

Because there are plenty of Tory adherents up and down the UK who will swallow everything this serial liar feeds them.

Source: Boris Johnson claims ‘huge numbers’ of people are returning to offices with no evidence – Mirror Online

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Facebook cancels Tory advert that faked a news story

Remember the advert for the Conservative Party on Facebook, mentioned on This Site, that included a ‘doctored’ BBC News headline?

Facebook has removed it from circulation.

But the advert is to remain ‘on file’ as an example of how the platform is “misused”.

Before being deactivated the adverts received between 222,000 and 510,000 views – part of the £250,000 of advertising the party has run on the site across the last year.

A spokesperson told the BBC the advert would be kept as an example in their ad library so “people can see how our tools were misused”.

This is bad news for the Conservative Party, as the social media platform’s decision means it will be harder for the Tories to hoodwink the public in the future.

Source: Conservative Party have advert removed by Facebook for putting a fake headline on a BBC news story | The Independent

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Tories accused of changing BBC headline to mislead the public. Quelle surprise!


It is remarkable that the Conservative government felt the need to ‘doctor’ a BBC News article, apparently because it wasn’t complimentary enough.

The BBC, as we all know, might as well changes its name to “Conservative Party Propaganda Unit”. You only have to look at Fiona Bruce’s sickening fawning towards Brandon Lewis on Question Time to see that.

But altering a news story to present a false impression to the public is unforgivable.

This is a deliberate attempt to mislead the public.

But then, the Conservatives are led by a known liar – Boris Johnson.

Interestingly, the lie was perpetrated on Facebook, which has an ongoing drive to eliminate ‘fake news’ – headed by former Liberal Democrat leader (and Coalition collaborator with the Tories) Nick Clegg. Will he penalise his former colleagues? Will he even notice what they’ve done?

You cannot expect better from these people – but you can certainly count on matters becoming worse.

The Conservative Party has been accused of running “misleading” adverts on Facebook after appearing to manipulate a BBC News article to promote Boris Johnson’s education policy.

Adverts paid for by the party featured an article on school funding that had had its headline altered to read “£14 billion pound cash boost for schools”. The original article was headlined “School spending: Multi-billion pound cash boost announced”.

The £14bn figure used by No 10 has been criticised because it relates to the combined spending increase across several years, rather than per year.

Source: Tories accused of running ‘misleading’ Facebook advert after altering BBC headline about Boris Johnson’s education policy | The Independent

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Police service rejects new powers lowering bar for stop and search

West Midlands Police was among the services included in a pilot scheme to lower the level of authorisation needed for stop-searches – but didn’t take up the extension of powers at all.

Police and crime commissioner David Jamieson said Home Secretary Priti Patel’s decision to expand the pilot scheme nationwide suggested she had not bothered to examine its findings.

He said West Midlands police did not use the extra powers because they didn’t need to – and condemned the extension announcement as an attempt to get headlines ahead of an election.

Amazingly, considering his comments, the Home Office has asserted that all forces involved in the pilot had said they are “using some or both”* of the relaxed restrictions on powers.

West Midlands police have refused to take up an offer of new powers to make it easier for officers to conduct stop and searches.

The force was included in a pilot scheme to lower the level of authorisation needed for such searches, but data shows officers still sought approval from assistant chief constables.

Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act allows officers to search anyone in a designated area without suspicion for a defined period if police anticipate serious violence.

On Sunday the home secretary, Priti Patel, announced a nationwide extension of the pilot scheme lowering the authorisation needed for a section 60 from a senior officer to an inspector.

Source: Police force declines new powers lowering bar for stop and search | Law | The Guardian

*Whatever that means!

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Hour of the dodgy headline: ‘Kitten-gate’ purrs on

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Juxtaposition is a terrible thing if you’re a newspaper sub-editor – as the front page of this week’s Powys County Times demonstrates.

In the week when David Cameron was pilloried for saying the Queen “purred down the line” at him when he told her Scotland had rejected independence, the County Times ran a photograph of him (relating to another story) over the headline: “‘Sickening and vile abuse’ over phone”.

Oops!

What’s even worse is the lead paragraph of the story itself: “A woman was subjected to a vile campaign of sickening and anonymous abuse from a man she had considered a friend.”

Juxtaposition – putting one story next to another in a way that means it is possible to associate an image from one with a headline from another – is a terrible, and often unintentionally hilarious thing. Reporters (and editors) are warned to beware of it because of the possibility of libel litigation and it behooves Vox Political to point out that no disrespect is intended to the real victim of the abuse detailed in the actual story.

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Open mouth, insert foot: How Vox Political reported Cameron’s faux pas (or perhaps that should be faux paw).

Cameron himself is being made to apologise for his gaff, to Her Majesty.

While he’s at it, he should use the opportunity to apologise for the last four and a half years of his misrule.

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