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Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Conservatives resort to personal abuse and smear as they desperately try to cling to office.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/26/jeremy-corbyn-making-excuses-terror-attacks-theresa-may-says/


Tories express concern that Theresa May’s message of her “strong and stable” leadership is not cutting through with voters.


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Theresa May, the Conservative party and their remaining supporters in the media and television, are now practically resigned to the probability that on June 9th, the United Kingdom will have a new government and that the Tories will have lost an election which they were convinced they would win with a tsunami of votes, achieving a three figure majority in the House of Commons. Theresa May announced the election when "the polls" indicated a 30% or even 40% lead over the Labour party and the media were predicting a landslide for the conservatives with a majority of perhaps two hundred seats.Things have changed since then and what was a cynical decision taken on the basis of political opportunism, has now become a nightmare of self recrimination, "If only we had not gone now and waited until 2020".
The media and television have maintained a shameless and consistent bias in favour of the conservatives and against Labour generally and the Labour leadership in particular. However over the past week, we have witnessed an appreciable decline in the flagrantly anti Labour headlines and articles in all but a rump of newspapers and of course on BBC and Sky television. Of those who remain intransigent supporters of the floundering conservative campaign and its discredited manifesto "promises", the focus of their attack now follows the line advocated by Fallon, Johnson, Rudd, Duncan-Smith and of course May herself. They all now resort to attacks on Jeremy Corbyn personally, attempting to discredit the man rather than the policies, in the vain hope that this will somehow attract public support. In this, the aggression becomes more extreme in ferocity more deceitful in content.
Today's newspapers (28th May)  are indicative of an unhealthy and dangerous trend now being set and followed by a section of the conservative press. "Jeremy Corbyn blamed IRA's Poppy Day massacre on British occupation of Northern Ireland" screams the Telegraph, followed with their favourite "Labour civil war" theme, with "Leaked floor plan shows moderates seated as far from Jeremy Corbyn as possible".  Not to be outdone in the  preposterous anti Labour party stories, the Sunday Times weighs in with, "Jeremy Corbyn blames the West for the beheading of Briton Alan Hemming by Jihadi John".
The Mail, quoting Home Secretary Amber Rudd who says,"Vote Corbyn, get more terrorism"  as she goes on the warpath warning that a Labour win would risk fresh atrocities in Britain.
That well known vehicle for truth and enlightenment the Sun on Sunday,  leads with "There’s no real contest between Theresa May and liar Jeremy Corbyn after PM’s calm and careful handling of the Manchester terror attack", which, were it not so appallingly ludicrous might even be amusing  and the Evening Standard trying despatately to discredit the Labour leadership, chips in with " Jeremy Corbyn accused over 'inappropriate and crassly timed' speech on terror".



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Dan Hodges, who writes a column for the Mail on Sunday and describes himself as a 'tribal neo-Blairite", made the most heinous personal attack on the Labour leader on Sky News, Morning papers preview section last night. The Sky News channel has been openly anti Labour, and pro conservative particularly during this election campaign, but Hodges remarks, clumsily linked in with another story, brought instant criticism from his fellow previewer on the Sky News couch. 
The common feature in this media onslaught is the conservative party assumption that the personal assaults on the character and integrity of the Labour leader, will convince the voters to support the government and retain the status quo. Again, the patronising conservative leadership and their media apologists take the British people for granted as they cling to the delusion of a conservative victory on June 8th.
The voters will recognise the tactic of personal abuse and falsehood against the Labour party and its leadership as the last throws of a cynical government, desperately seeking to cling to office. An inept and counter productive attempt to divert public attention away from the inadequacies and shortcomings of conservative manifesto promises, or what remains of them after the U turns and contradictions of the past week since their manifesto was launched.




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The Labour party has consistently refused to be drawn into the personality warfare that the conservatives are now so frantically trying to promote. The party has constantly put forward our policy proposals on Housing, Welfare, the NHS, workers rights, school funding, freezing tax, VAT and National insurance for 95% of our population, pensions and the triple lock and all the other policies which are of pressing concern for our people.
It is on these issues, these policies that the result of the election will be decided and not on the barren wasteland of personal abuse and Tories express concern that Theresa May’s message of her “strong and stable” leadership is not cutting through with voters.
Theresa May, the Conservative party and their remaining supporters in the media and television, are now practically resigned to the probability that on June 9th, the United Kingdom will have a new government and that the Torries will have lost an election which they were convinced they would win with a tsunami of votes, achieving a three figure majority in the House of Commons. Theresa May announced the election when "the polls" indicated a 30% or even 40% lead over the Labour party and the media were predicting a landslide for the conservatives with a majority of perhaps two hundred seats.Things have changed since then and what was a cynical decision taken on the basis of political opportunism, has now become a nightmare of self recrimination, "If only we had not gone now and waited until 2020".
The media and television have maintained a shameless and consistent bias in favour of the conservatives and against Labour generally and the Labour leadership in particular. However over the past week, we have witnessed an appreciable decline in the flagrantly anti Labour headlines and articles in all but a rump of newpapers and of course on BBC and Sky television. Of those who remain intransigent supporters of the floundering conservative campaign and its discredited manifesto "promises", the focus of their attack now follows the line advocated by Fallon, Johnson, Rudd, Duncan-Smith and of course May herself. They all now resort to attacks on Jeremy Corbyn personally, attempting to discredit the man rather than the policies, in the vain hope that this will somehow attract public support. In this, the aggression becomes more extreme in ferocity more deceitful in content.
Today's newspapers (28th May) are indicative of an unhealthy and dangerous trend now being set and followed by a section of the conservative press. "Jeremy Corbyn blamed IRA's Poppy Day massacre on British occupation of Northern Ireland" screams the Telegraph, followed with their favourite "Labour civil war" theme, with "Leaked floor plan shows moderates seated as far from Jeremy Corbyn as possible". Not to be outdone in the preposterous anti Labour party stories, the Sunday Times weighs in with, "Jeremy Corbyn blames the West for the beheading of Briton Alan Hemming by Jihadi John".
The Mail, quoting Home Secretary Amber Rudd who says,"Vote Corbyn, get more terrorism" as she goes on the warpath warning that a Labour win would risk fresh atrocities in Britain.
That well known vehicle for truth and enlightenment the Sun on Sunday, leads with "There’s no real contest between Theresa May and liar Jeremy Corbyn after PM’s calm and careful handling of the Manchester terror attack", which, were it not so appallingly ludicrous might even be amusing and the Evening Standard trying desperately to discredit the Labour leadership, chips in with " Jeremy Corbyn accused over 'inappropriate and crassly timed' speech on terror".
Dan Hodges, who writes a column for the Mail on Sunday and describes himself as a 'tribal neo-Blairite", made the most heinous personal attack on the Labour leader on Sky News, Morning papers preview section last night. The Sky News channel has been openly anti Labour, and pro conservative particularly during this election campaign, but Hodges remarks, clumsily linked in with another story, brought instant criticism from his fellow previewer on the Sky News couch.
The common feature in this media onslaught is the conservative party assumption that the personal assaults on the character and integrity of the Labour leader, will convince the voters to support the government and retain the status quo. Again, the patronising conservative leadership and their media apologists take the British people for granted as they cling to the delusion of a conservative victory on June 8th.
The voters will recognise the tactic of personal abuse and falsehood against the Labour party and its leadership as the last throws of a cynical government, desperately seeking to cling to office. An inept and counter productive attempt to divert public attention away from the inadequacies and shortcomings of conservative manifesto promises, or what remains of them after the U turns and contradictions of the past week since their manifesto was launched.
The Labour party has consistently refused to be drawn into the personality warfare that the conservatives are now so frantically trying to promote. The party has constantly put forward our policy proposals on Housing, Welfare, the NHS, workers rights, school funding, freezing tax, VAT and National insurance for 95% of our population, pensions and the triple lock and all the other policies which are of pressing concern for our people.
It is on these issues, these policies that the result of the election will be decided and not on the barren wasteland of personal abuse and character assassination .