At the final PMQs before the general election, Theresa May managed to both make herself look foolish, and promote a pro-Corbyn anti-Tory website at the same time — offering Corbyn, the opposition, and those who have suffered at the hands of the Tories a wave of free publicity in the process of her cock-up.
May’s latest gaffe follows a string of previous ones — particularly at PMQs — where she has previously called Corbyn’s leadership “incredible” a piece of wordplay which backfired — a few months ago she showed she’s unable to tell the difference between Baldrick from Blackadder, from the actor Tony Robinson who plays the fictional character.
Since launching her election campaign May has made a series of blunders, and found herself in many embarrassing situations on the campaign trail — most of which, of course, have been buried, and ignored by the mainstream media.
Last week her cavalcade was greeted by a man in Bolton sticking two fingers up at the “most popular politician” in the country — a few days later a man in the West Country denied access to May when she wanted to walk across his freshly mowed lawn — the man also grilled her on her much touted “record” and noted that she seemed “nervous” to talk to a member of the public. Following that at one of her press conferences, she got the words “tourism” and “terrorism” mixed up — a gaff so obvious that even The Sun pointed it out.
As usual, May failed to answer any questions at yesterday’s (26th April) Prime Minister’s Questions. The final one before the general election on June 8th. Corbyn grilled her about the NHS crisis, reading out a question from a concerned, elderly member of the public — Corbyn asked:
Sybil, who witnessed the Labour founding of the national health service, which made healthcare available for the many, not just the few, wrote to me this week, and she says, “I am 88 and have had a wonderful service from the national health service, but nowadays I am scared at the thought of going into hospital.” With more people waiting more than four hours in A&E, more people waiting on trolleys in corridors, and more delayed discharges thanks to the Tory cuts, is not Sybil right to be frightened about the future of our NHS so long as this Government remain in office?
May then responded in her usual manner — by deflecting the question, and failing to answer it — reciting figures which make no sense — probably because they are made up — about “record levels of funding” for the NHS and “more doctors, more nurses, more midwives, more Gps”.
May then deflected away from the Tories abysmal record on the NHS — and tried to discredit Corbyn (as per her usual routine), saying:
“I noted this week that the shadow Home Secretary has been campaigning in her own personal way. She has directed her supporters—her followers—to a website called “I Like Corbyn, But…” which asks:
“how will he pay for all this?”
“But”. It also says:
“I heard he wants to increase taxes”.
“I’ve heard he’s a terrorist sympathiser”.
“his attitudes about defence worry me”.
“But”. They are right to be worried. Unable to defend our country; determined to raise tax on ordinary workers; no plan to manage our economy: even his own supporters know he is not fit to run this country.”
WATCH: May Accidently Promotes Pro-Corbyn Anti-Tory Website
Referring to Dianne Abbott — the Shadow Home Secretary.
If May’s team had have done their research they would be well aware that the website ilikecorbynbut.com, is actually a pro-Corbyn anti-Tory website, written by people in support of Corbyn as a response to the many frequently touted “reasons” and “arguments” — mainly by the mainstream media, commentariats, etc — used to discredit Corbyn.
The website has since received a huge amount of extra traffic following the incident. Unfortunately, they have removed the bulk of their content and replaced it with this simple — but powerfully telling — message on their homepage.
May’s team are not the only ones to have overlooked the purpose of this website — The Huffington Post reported on the event immediately as if it was yet another Corbyn/Labour cock-up.
Strangely, the Huff-Po fails to show the message from the I like Corbyn, But website in response to May’s comments.
This is not just shockingly bad journalism — it’s purposely deceitful and damaging. The Huff-Po should be disgusted by itself – but it isn’t and it won’t be.
The sad reality is that this kind of forces people who support Corbyn into being less critical in case it gets used against us — I don’t think we should allow that to happen.
Corbyn should not be above criticism — so long as it’s fair, justified, grounded in fact, and balanced — the same way all scrutiny should be applied to politicians.
The Torie’s dirty tactics often backfire anyway — this being just another case to add to the pile.
Let them continue to make themselves look inept — if we simply start giving Corbyn nothing but glowing praise 24/7 about everything he does then we’ll become as bad as the other side who blindly champion their leader no matter what they do.
As long as the criticism is fair then I have no problem with it — the problem is, and I suspect this is the reason for — I Like Corbyn, But website — in the first place — that most of the scrutiny applied to Corbyn and supporters isn’t fair, and so, therefore, needs to be handled properly, and sanely — something which the I Like Corbyn, But website was attempting to do.
Let’s not let the Tories change how we talk about politics — their nonsense just backfires on them in the end anyway, and even if doesn’t surely it’s a price worth paying for not becoming as obediently sycophantic to the leader as they are?
May’s underhanded tactics almost always come back to bite her in the arse — as has happened here.
Her stupidity led to her sending a whole bunch of people to a strictly anti-Tory pro-Corbyn website that they’d probably never heard of before.
That kind of publicity speaks for itself, and cannot be bought.
Let the Tories continue to inadvertently promote Corbyn. They and the entire establishment have already done so for the last 2 years – there’s no reason to expect them to stop 7 weeks prior to a general election — and if it makes May look even dafter all the better.
If it wasn’t for her establishment cronies then everybody would see the flustered idiot she really is — stuff like this just helps her to undo her own stage-managed persona.
If we had a sane and fair media then she and her manufactured image, endless lying and incompetence wouldn’t last 5 minutes.
Unfortunately, we don’t — but it is nice when the Torie’s stupidity actually benefits us for once, instead of hurting us, isn’t it?