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Peston’s client journalism: his fawning tweet about ‘saddened’ Johnson gets short shrift

Johnson and Starmer: political hack Robert Peston managed to get between them during PMQs with an ill-judged remark that has singled him out as a client journalist for the PM.

Sometimes you can tell how a nation feels by the way it reacts to the reporting of the news.

That’s what Robert Peston has been discovering after a particularly ill-advised tweet toadying to Boris Johnson. Here it is:

Johnson wasn’t saddened. He was annoyed that Labour leader Keir Starmer was asking pertinent questions about the failure of the Tory Test and Trace system and was desperate to deflect attention away from that failure.

We all saw it – those of us who were watching Prime Minister’s Questions. And some of us had a few sharp responses:

No – it’s client journalism. Peston was working in Johnson’s favour, trying to make the performing monkey PM look better than he is.

It’s a moment’s work that has been particularly damaging for Peston himself:

And it hasn’t done Johnson any favours either:

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Local lockdown to hit northeast England – but why was it first announced on TV?

Speaking too soon: Robert Jenrick announces restrictions on northeast England, on the Peston TV show.

BBC news has announced – around midday today, September 17 – that the northeast of England will be subjected to stronger Covid-19-related restrictions because of increased infections there. It’s not quite a local lockdown but close.

I knew this last night because Robert Jenrick announced it on television, on Robert Peston’s ITV political chat show.

The only reason I didn’t publish a story straight away was fatigue (I had been awake for around 19 hours on the trot by then) – and also I wanted to know what Commons Spaker Lindsay Hoyle would have to say about this breach of regulations:

Some are saying this is another example of Dominic Cummings-style “government by media”, although I can’t see any advantage for the Tories in doing this.

Who benefits from Jenrick’s announcement, which came just 13 hours (and a bit) before the statement in Parliament?

The people of the northeast? No – the difference in timing still isn’t enough for them to properly prepare, if they need to.

The government? No – this is an admission that a government policy has failed.

Robert Jenrick? No – he was announcing something that nobody wanted and is more likely to be resented for it. In any case, he’s widely considered to be as bent as a nine-bob note (see his record of corruption on planning matters).

Robert Peston benefits, because the announcement was on his show.

But what’s the tactical advantage for the Tories? Are they trying to set up some kind of divide-and-rule rivalry between Peston and Piers Morgan, whose breakfast show can’t get government spokespeople because they’re afraid he’ll rip them to shreds?

That seems pointless because the Tories lose more than they gain, if they get another reprimand from Speaker Hoyle.

Perhaps Jenrick was speaking on his own initiative – a loose cannon, as it were.

If so, let’s hope he shot himself in the foot.

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Peston’s ‘China’ accusation backfires as Labour supporters react with fury

Ill-humoured: Robert Peston.

Look at the state of this, about the Labour conference vote yesterday that supported the leadership’s position on Brexit, rather than changing to support remaining in the European Union:

In his article, Robert Peston states: “The Brexit position of the trade unions was always a red herring, what magicians call misdirection. What mattered was who was in the hall.

“And that was sorted weeks ago though the choice of delegates.

“For spectators like me – who spent 15 years observing the tactics of China’s leaders – all this is quite familiar.

“For passionate Labour Remainers, it’s infuriating.”

This is a lie. Peston was claiming that delegates to the Labour conference were chosen by Jeremy Corbyn to support his position on Brexit, when in fact they are chosen by their fellow constituency party members.

As Richard Seymour states: “This is literally a conspiracy theory about the official opposition being published by a major national broadcaster. They ought to withdraw this.”

And he’s not the only one to react furiously:

So Mr Peston changed tack and decided to suggest he was joking. That didn’t go down well either:

Sadly, the mainstream media seem determined to mislead the public about Labour’s attitude towards Brexit. Consider this, from the BBC’s Norman Smith – and the response:

Labour is now the only mainstream political party that will give all UK electors a voice on the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The Tories will take us out on terms that seem most likely to benefit Boris Johnson’s business partners.

The Liberal Democrats will keep us in, without offering the people a chance to make a decision.

Labour will honour the 2016 referendum by negotiating a new exit deal with the EU, and will bring this deal back to the electorate for a decision, alongside the possibility of remaining in the EU after all.

This is the only way democracy may be honoured in this matter.

Now all we need to do is get rid of Boris Johnson’s attempted dictatorship and bring in a Labour government. Right?

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