Bizarrely, seemingly out of nowhere — again springs the old “Corbyn is a raging anti-semite, as is basically anybody else who supports him” smear.
This is the first major appearance this smear has made since the four-part undercover documentary by Al Jazeera, which revealed just how much of the Labour-Corbyn-anti-semitism scandal has been manufactured by the Israeli Lobby in London.
The reason, unsurprisingly, is to attack Corbyn/supporters/anybody who is against the illegal and barbaric (western-funded, founded and supported) Israeli “occupation” of Palestine.
Interestingly, this documentary and the clear facts it uncovers, including widespread Israeli government “meddling” in our democracy has been ignored by the mainstream (MSM) as if never happened.
I guess the MSM must just be anti-Muslim, anti-Palestinian, and anti-Al Jazeera, and pro-war crimes (in fairness, yes they are all those things).
The anti-semite smear is an exceptionally powerful tool — as the well-known Jewish, Palestinian rights supporting, left-wing activist and political scientist, Noam Chomsky, has previously noted, such labels are so damaging and so despicable that they are almost impossible to recover from — especially when dished out at somebody who is innocent of the act.
Contrary to MSM devotion to the smear, much of the Jewish community expresses the opposite sentiments to those blasted by the MSM (but who cares what a significant majority of the Jewish community says when what they are saying doesn’t fit the pre-determined narrative.)
And so, writing a blog post for Jewish News – The Times of Israel, Joseph Finlay, former Deputy Editor of the Jewish Quarterly and co-founder of a range of grassroots Jewish organisations, has written an inciteful piece defending Corbyn as a committed anti-racist and making it clear that he, for one, is not buying the story.
The piece is perhaps even more notable as the source of publication appears to be filled with articles promoting the Corbyn smear lines and narratives.
As Finlay makes clear, Corbyn is actually at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to racism:
Jeremy Corbyn is one of the leading anti-racists in parliament – I would go so far to say that he is one of the least racist MPs we have. So naturally Corbyn signed numerous Early Day motions in Parliament condemning antisemitism, years before he became leader and backed the campaign to stop Neo-Nazis from meeting in Golders Green in 2015.
Finlay also makes it clear who he believes the real political racists are, adding:
Antisemitism is always beyond the pale. Labour, now a party of over half a million members, has a small minority of antisemites in its ranks, and it suspends then whenever it discovers them. I expect nothing less from an anti-racist party and an anti-racist leader. If the Conservatives took the same approach to racism they would have to suspend their own foreign secretary, who has described Africans as ‘Picanninies’ and described Barack Obama as ‘The part-Kenyan President [with an] ancestral dislike of the British Empire’. From the Monday club, linked to the National Front, to MP Aidan Burley dressing up a Nazi, to Lynton Crosby’s dogwhistle portrayl of Ed Miliband as a nasal North London intellectual it is the Conservative Party that is deeply tainted by racism and antisemitism.
Older Tory voters on the other hand, well, sadly unsurprisingly perhaps were found to be the most likely to hold anti-semitic views.
The Jewish community has really shown a great solidarity for Corbyn during this latest smear by the Blairites (to name just one group).
Findlay’s short piece is a testament to the many sane and fair voices who fight for justice for all people, and are not afraid to express outrage at the crime of state violence against the innocent.
The full piece deserves to be read in full, and shared widely — it can be found here [archived here.]
Of course, the sad fact is that anti-semitism is abhorrent, and should be challenged by us all, but by branding Corbyn as anti-semitic and his supporters the same — mainly, it seems for being opposed to the Israeli occupation and brutalities — undermines genuine anti-semitism — trivializing it at the same time, and reducing the words to nothing more than soulless emptiness.
One can’t help but feel slightly bemused by the fact that Prince Harry, not so long ago, wore a full-on Nazi outfit to a party, in a photo widely shared, and blasted across every tabloid front page in the land.
Yet, this is all but forgotten today it seems, and the media instead focuses on smearing Corbyn as an anti-semite, parroting the line of the Israeli-Western governments who would very much like to see the man gone, and replaced by another occupation friendly neoliberal Blairbot.
The Finsbury Park terror attack shows us how the mainstream media helps to radicalize terrorists. Extreme conspiracy and crazy, hate-filled website, Infowars, has been reported as being a source of Osborne’s radicalisation, however, this conveniently negates the role that mainstream media has clearly played in this attack — surely now it is time for the mainstream media to take some responsibility for the lies they print, and the lying politicians whose hate they amplify in doing so.
Until we demand more from the media — whether left or right — we can go expect more and more suffering, tragedy and horror as innocent people get caught up in the games of the power-elite who always seek to divide us.
Darren Osborne, the terrorist responsible for killing 1 and injuring 9 others victims — mowing them down with a van outside a Mosque in Finsbury Park, has been sentenced to 43 years in prison for his rampage of violence.
His trial has also revealed that he was planning to kill Jeremy Corbyn, Osborne told the court that:
it would be one less terrorist off our streets.
And also referred to Corbyn as:
Mr terrorist sympathiser
Echoing the many lies and smears directed at Corbyn by the right-wing over the last couple of years, and showing that their propaganda can quickly turn into tragedy.
Osborne’s trial has revealed that he was greatly influenced, motivated and radicalized by far-right propaganda — sources such the as conspiracy and extreme right-wing “news” website, Infowars.
Its hosts, the increasingly deranged, Alex Jones and professional shouter, Paul Joseph Watson were named during the trial as sources of radicalisation. It was also revealed that Osborne was in contact with Britain First’s Jayda Fransen and that he had received emails from neo-Nazi, Tommy Robinson.
Paul Joseph Watson’s vile response to the Westminster terror attack.
However, absolutely no attention has been paid to the fact that much of the same kind of extreme right-wing narratives and far-right hate preaching can also be found in the vast majority of mainstream media news — which reached a fever pitch of lies and hatred around the time of the attack in June.
And, of course, absolutely no attention has been paid to the fact that many of these motivating narratives — lies — were spouted by Theresa May and the Tories in a bid to defeat Corbyn during the general election.
Just a few weeks before the attack, on the day of the snap GE The Daily Mail and The Sun proudly displayed these jaw-dropping headlines formed of lies, smear, hatred and utter contempt for humanity itself:
These disgraceful headlines followed months and months of targeted attacks on Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, and Diane Abbott in which they had been smeared as being “threats to national security” — a narrative first spouted by former prime minister David Cameron.
This outrageous lie was also echoed time and time again by Theresa May — especially during the GE.
Following the Manchester terror attack in May last year, with the election campaigns in full swing, Corbyn responded by saying that we need to look at our foreign policy in response to these kinds of attacks by Islamic radicals — making the obvious link between our illegal wars and terrorism, Corbyn said:
Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries, such as Libya, and terrorism here at home.
That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and implacably held to account for their actions.
But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people, that fights rather than fuels terrorism.
Protecting this country requires us to be both strong against terrorism and strong against the causes of terrorism. The blame is with the terrorists, but if we are to protect our people we must be honest about what threatens our security.
Following this response Labour jumped in the polls, illustrating strong public support for this very elementary points and highlighting the need for a change in foreign policy.
May, however, responded to Corbyn by attempting to twist the narrative — painting Corbyn, yet again, as a threat to national security.
At the same time, Jeremy Corbyn has said that terror attacks in Britain are our own fault – and he has chosen to do that just a few days after one of the worst terrorist atrocities we have experienced in the United Kingdom.
I want to make one thing very clear to Jeremy Corbyn – and it is that there can never be an excuse for terrorism – there can be no excuse for what happened in Manchester.
May, in a shameless display to pick up votes went on to say:
The choice that people face at the general election has just become starker.
It’s a choice between me, working constantly to protect the national interest and to protect our security – and Jeremy Corbyn , who frankly isn’t up to the job.
Osborne, we now know, was on also planning to attack Jeremy Corbyn himself — his “hate letter’ gives a clear insight into what motivated his bloodthirsty rampage.
Transcript of the letter written by Darren Osborne, read out in court by Jonathan Rees QC:
Why are their terrorists on our streets today? Weve had 3 Recent terror attacks, our children splattered against the walls of concerts, part n parcel by all accounts, Mr Sadiq Khan, no it isn’t how you can let this happen, terrorists marching through our capital city, you’re a disgrace where was the public outrage after 1400 of our white british none muslim girls?
Where were you in Rotherham Lily allen Jeremy Corby nowhere to be seen, Just thinking about how many more inbred migrants you can bring into the country, the local harbour map of Rotherham mr Hussain wrote of character Reference For one of the rapists in court, really now, hang on a minute am I missing something here, where was you all, Jez & lil?
Don’t you fancy getting involved in that the only protest within the muslim community were when taxi drivers were asked to put cctv in their cars, seriously your taking the piss, mr Hussain has been promoted.
Don’t people get it, this is happening up and down our Green and pleasant land, Ferrel inbred raping muslim men hunting in packs preying on our children, this will be coming to a town near you soon, it most probably has, get back to the desert, you raping inbred bastards & climb back on ya camels. people don’t be swayed by corbyn & his Free packed lunch, & uni fees think of your childrens future, islams ideology doesn’t belong here & neither does Sharia law.
So mr Sadiq Khan how are you this morning?
I’d imagine your gonna have a hard job keeping your happy go lucky vibrant city in order, Part n parcel of living in a big city, carry on as normal, bk to ya day Jobs, what about you Jez?
Osborne concludes, most tellingly, by calling Corbyn…:
Mr terrorist sympathiser, or should I call you harold, “you dirty old man” put that in ya pipe, & have some sympathy for me, well Folkes gotta go busy day today.
Remember peaceful vigils only & please dont look back in anger, God Save the Queen.
It is clear from Osborne’s letter that he also considered to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to be a threat to the country as well (another common theme of right-wing propaganda).
Even the reference to Corbyn as “Harold” from the 1960’s sitcom, Steptoe and Son, calling him a “dirty old man” is a smear job directly lifted from mainstream right-wing media.
Both The Sun and The Daily Mail have repeatedly made this “joke” over the years.
For the record, Harold is the name of the younger Steptoe, not old man Steptoe, whose name is Albert.
The court also released a timeline of Osborne’s internet activity, showing what kind of material he was likely to be looking at and thus what drove this kind of bizarre thinking and extreme hatred: essentially this is a timeline of the radicalization process itself:
Timeline of social media activity linked to Osborne in weeks before attack from Press Association:
May 16, 17, 18
Three episodes of the BBC drama Three Girls are aired.
Osborne’s estranged partner tells the court in a statement that he became “obsessed” with Muslims after watching the programme, which made them both “angry”.
She says it is possible the pair watched the episodes on catch-up at a later date.
Manchester terror attack.
Some 22 people die after Salman Abedi detonates a bomb at the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.
Osborne receives an email from Twitter inviting him to confirm his account.
7.15pm – Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen sends a direct message to Osborne on Twitter. The content of this message is not known.
Late evening – London Bridge terror attack. Eight people die in the knife and van atrocity.
12.48am–12.49am – A number of web searches for Jayda Fransen carried out on an iPad.
Views a number of tweets from her, including breaking news on London Bridge.
1.11pm–1.24pm – A number of Google searches for Britain First leader Paul Golding carried out on an iPad, followed by further searches for Jayda Fransen and Tommy Robinson, English Defence League founder.
Osborne receives an email welcoming him after joining Twitter.
10.36pm–10.38pm – Google searches for “syria bus bombing”, “manchester bombing”, “lee rigby” and “westminster bombing” carried out on an iPhone.
3.09pm–3.22pm – A number of Google searches for a variant of “muslim celebrating usis in tunnel” carried out on an iPhone.
Accesses Infowars article: “Proof: Muslims celebrated terror attack in London.”
9.09pm – Google search for “which party want to bring back the death penalty” carried out on an iPhone.
6.21pm – Google search for “bad things about labour” carried out on an iPhone.
6.22pm – Google search for “mayor of rochdale” and “local MP of Rochdale” carried out on an iPhone.
6.34pm – Google search for “sadiq khan” carried out on an iPhone.
Screenshot of an image captured on an iPhone of an email, probably a circular, from “Tommy Robinson” to “Darren Osborne”, inviting him to a rally in Manchester.
It says: “What Salman Abedi did is not the beginning and it won’t be the end. There is a nation within a nation forming just beneath the surface of the UK. It is a nation built on hatred, on violence and on Islam.”
The message is signed “Yours Truly, Tommy Robinson.”
Early hours – Grenfell Tower fire. Some 71 people die in the London tower block blaze.
9.01am–10.23am – A number of Google searches for Tommy Robinson carried out on an iPad.
6.16pm – iPhone screenshot shows a second email from “Tommy Robinson” to “Darren Osborne” on seeking justice for Chelsey Wright, of Sunderland.
10.10am – Osborne rents a Citroen van from Pontyclun Van Hire in Mid Glamorgan, Wales.
1.23pm–1.30pm – More Google searches for Tommy Robinson carried out on an iPad.
A tweet by Tommy Robinson – “Anger? When a Muslim bombed our kids we were told not to look back in anger?” – is viewed.
1.35pm – Google search for “sadiq khan says part and parcel” is carried out on an iPad.
1.37pm – Google search for ‘Jeremy Corbyn’ is carried out on an iPad.
3.22pm–3.37pm – A number of Google searches for Tommy Robinson carried out on iPad.
3.31pm – A tweet by Tommy Robinson – “Where was the day of rage after the terrorist attacks. All I saw was lighting candles” – is viewed on an iPad.
3.37pm – Google search for “sadiq khan carry on as normal” is carried out on iPad.
7.30pm–9.30pm – Osborne goes to the Hollybush pub, where he composes a handwritten letter said to have been found in the van used in the attack and is accused of “preaching racial hatred” by another customer.
Osborne travels to London.
12.15am – Osborne drives van into a group of Muslims tending to a man who has fallen ill.
There can be no doubt that Osborne was also accessing vast amounts of mainstream media whilst carrying out these searches. It is easy to just blame the far-right hate preachers here, but honestly, how much more extreme is Paul Joseph Watson than The Sun, or Mail in their coverage of Corbyn, terrorism, or Muslims?
How much more extreme are the sick and disturbing narratives parroted by the Britain First hate preachers, than those parroted by May in response to terrorism in which she, once again, tried to blame Corbyn and smear him as terrorist sympathiser and national security threat?
A very clear link has been shown here between far-right hate preachers and actual terrorism with leading figures, Tommy Robinson, Paul Golding, and Jayda Fransen all mentioned by name as being in contact one way or another with Osborne.
Why then are these people not being investigated for inciting or inspiring terror?
If it was an Islamic terrorist such clear links would almost certainly be investigated, likely leading to detentions and prosecutions under the terrorism act.
Theresa May has always been quick to stress the need to clamp down on internet freedom following Islamic terror attacks, after the London Bridge attack in June, May was quick to blame the internet, saying:
We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed
Yet that is precisely what the internet and the big companies that provide internet-based services provide.
And declaring that:
We need to do everything we can at home to reduce the risks of extremism online.
Yet, oddly enough May and the right-wing media have been strangely silent when it comes to the kind of right-wing extremist propaganda that clearly helped to motivate, radicalize and inspire Osborne.
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that they are clearly part of the vile propaganda that does radicalise people and leads to such violent atrocities?
None of this is to say that the internet should be regulated by the nanny state, with May and co deciding what we can and can’t access, but rather this about the responsibility that the media, journalists, and above all else politicians should take for acts of terrorism, and the kind of language and information they put out there in doing so.
The right-wing press has become so vile and twisted over the years that much of it can be considered extremist hate preaching: and simply put propaganda to radicalize potential terrorists.
Yet, the mainstream media has not taken one shred of responsibility for this. Both they and the Tories spent their time and energy doing as much they could to smear Corbyn with a raft of ridiculous smears, endlessly repeating the doctrine that he is a threat to national security and a terrorist sympathizer who adored the IRA, and hates our country.
As Corbyn said, we must understand and tackle the root causes of terrorism above all else, but the power establishment, of course, does nothing but create endless distraction from those root causes.
Writing their own versions of reality that have become hate-filled fantasy lands which feul more and more terrorism, and thus creates more and more innocent victims.
The mainstream media is the source of radicalization we should really be worried about, and we should expect more from them, we should expect that their journalism isn’t likely to endanger people’s lives and that they should have a basic duty to balance and facts and some form sanity.
Whether left or right, the media and politicians must take responsibility for their actions.
Unless we force them to do so, it is impossible to imagine a world in which we can ever seriously tackle terrorist atrocities.
One of the comments left under this picture certainly paint an interesting picture:
So let’s face it—pretty much anybody in politics can be targeted by the Israelis if they so much as hint at being pro-Palestinian (as the AJ doc showed this includes Tory MPs who dare to question Israeli atrocities.)
Labour MP Naz Shah is a model case study here. After deploying antisemitic tropes, she went on a thorough journey, meeting representatives of the Jewish community, and subsequently making a detailed apology explaining her previous ignorance and what she had learned.
This kind of says it all—Jones leaves out the part about how the anti-Semitism scandal has been shown to be largely manufactured and instead informs us that O’Mara needs to show he has “changed” in the same way that Shah has shown she has.
Of course, Jones is no stranger to the Isreali embassy, earlier this year he gave a very controversial speech at a Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) event after the revelations that the JLM was heavily involved in manufacturing the anti-Semitism controversy had been revealed by AJ.
Considering O’mara made the remarks 12-15 years ago, and some of them were clearly being purposely hyperbolic and satirical (for instance, his reviews for a music magazine)—and has since chosen to go into a political party that generally doesn’t represent discriminatory or vile views (let’s face it, if you genuinely thought those things you’d just join the Tories and never run the risk of this kind of thing)—the fact he should be allowed to “change” is a given—no doubt he already has changed (probably many years ago).
But alas Jones and his alleged left-wing, liberal commentariats would like for O’Mara to be paraded around as an example of somebody who has learned their lesson after sinning in a previous life.
Alas—this is not a defense of O’Mara by the left, but a clear way of sending a message to anybody who may be pro-Palestinian.
Is this a conspiracy theory? Yes, I suppose it is—however, these questions must be asked in such situations.
And let us remember thatthe Labour-Isreali embassy, manufactured, anti-Semitism controversy wasn’t a conspiracy theory, it turned out to be a conspiracy fact….
The fact is you can find dirt on anybody, absolutely anybody if you want to—and this dirt can be mobilized and amplified through the media and political opponents for ends that are far less than moral and pure.
Murdoch’s “News” Corp has made a career out of exactly this—digging up dirt on anybody they don’t like for whatever reason: sometimes to bribe them, sometimes to make sure a certain policy doesn’t go through Parliament, sometimes to get them sacked, sometimes to shame them, etc, etc…
One final point worth noting: O’Mara’s comments were first revealed by Guido Fawke’s beyond gutter “Order-Order” website…..
And if you believe that Fawke’s has any genuine or moral concern over vile comments, then I cite this as just one of many, many pieces of evidence to the contrary.
Yeah, nothing degrading or sexist, or racist about this, at all, is there Fawkes?
The establishment’s latest smear-job on Corbyn shows just how desperate they are getting—litterally inventing fake news and then demanding Corbyn apologize over said fake news —in order to try and kill Corbyn’s popularity with young people.
You really couldn’t make this shit up, could you?
The Tories are in a state and it’s frankly embarrassing and pathetic to watch them endlessly slap themselves in the face.
For weeks now the mainstream media (MSM)—from “left” to right has parroted the Tory line that Corbyn lied to young people about abolishing student debt during the general election (GE).
Framing the issue as a sort of “bribe” based on Corbyn “lies” to get young people to go out and vote for him in the GE.
As anybody who has been paying the slightest bit of attention to Labour’s manifesto would know, the proposal to abolish student debt wasn’t in the manifesto.
Corbyn did, however, say that he was planning to deal with the massive problem of burgeoning student debt in an interview with NME during the GE.
However, the Tories and MSM in their endless desperation have decided that this means he lied to young people. Apparently, we are all too stupid to understand the difference between what is in a manifesto (concrete pledges) and issues that Corbyn’s Labour is committed to dealing with in ways yet to be announced.
Yesterday, during an interview on Marr, Corbyn clarified the issue for the sake of the mainstream media dimwits who can’t seem to understand these simple points.
WATCH: The BBC triumphantly declares what we already knew with their headline here.
The Daily Mail then reacted as if something major had happened with this ridiculous headline today.
Tomorrow's Daily Mail front page: Jeremy Corbyn admits he had no idea how much student debt was when he vowed to "deal with it" pic.twitter.com/yUswMTgQiu
The headline may as well read: Corbyn Reminds Dimwits What He Actually Said About Student Debt.
The lunatics at the Sun called this a U-turn—although, at least, they had the decency to keep thier lie to a single column away from the front page, or maybe they were just too embarased to headline this? Whatever the case, it’s still pathetic and desperate.
Front page of tomorrow's The Sun: Jeremy Corbyn makes major U-turn on his pledge to write off student debt pic.twitter.com/QAMgZXOzTU
Clearly, The Sun has lost all touch with reality at this point. How exactly is this a U-turn? Corbyn said he wants to deal with student debt before the GE, he said the same on Marr yesterday, so where is this fucking U-turn? Litterally creating a smear story out of nowhere based on pure lies.
Not content with this utter nonsense and Tory manufactured controversy—Tory HQ are now demanding that Corbyn apologise for breaking promises that he never made.
Many student loans have been sold off on the cheap by the Tories to private companies, meaning that when the bubble does burst the whole thing will be underwritten by the taxpayer, just like the billion pound taxpayer bank bailouts of 2008.
Bailouts which we are still paying for, from a crash that we didn’t cause, for which austerity was imposed us leading to a 14% real-terms decline in wages.
The absolute nerve of the Tories here is truly shocking: they are the ones who literally hate young people, especially young people who want to go into higher education. One of the first things the Tory-Lib-Dem coalition done when they came into power in 2010 was to triple tuition fees from £3,000 to £9,000 a year and the figure just keeps rising…
Young people are now leaving uni with a debt of around £50,000, essentially imposing us in a life of debt bondage for the crime of wanting to learn.
This to me is the most shocking aspect of all this hatred thrown at Corbyn and young people about the student debt crisis: we are mocked and derided for fighting for an education, something that the whole country should agree is an important and vital part of any civilized country.
Why would you not want people to be highly educated? Why would you not want your children, grand children, yourself—whoever to not be able to receive an education?
It’s a form of insanity to fight against free higher education as it is something we all benefit from as a country.
The Tories who push this anti-education agenda would never, in a million years, apply the same standards to their own children.
They all send their kids to the best universities and schools that money can buy: they know it’s important, they just don’t want anybody else to have the opportunity.
Comparable countries such as Germany and even Scotland have what are essentially free universities—even countries in the third world do—places such as Mexico and Ecuador.
So essentially we are all sitting here waiting for this £100 billion student debt bubble to burst so that the banks can get yet another huge payday from the taxpayer, and until that point, we all have to pretend that nothing can be done about this debt. And then smear the one politician who is taking the issue seriously: absolutely absurd.
The Corbyn student-debt-Tory-lie is a clear and blatant attempt to kill Corbyn’s main support base of young people.
The Tories, of course, completely ignored and dismissed young people as voters: learning their lesson after the general election when we essentially en masse called their bluff.
Now, rather than actually coming up with any policies to appeal to young people the Tories are attempting to smear Corbyn’s policies aimed at helping them.
It is sad, it is desperate, it is pathetic, it is transparently stupid, it won’t work.
Yet, the Tories have nothing else, the MSM has nothing else—this just shows they have literally run out of ideas and have to resort to spending weeks inventing controversy, and then demand that Corbyn apologizes for said controversy.
Let me just end by demanding that the Tories apologize for their many lies: here’s just a few of them.
Yesterday (9 May 2017) on BBC One snooze-athon The One (brain cell) Show our fearless leader Theresa May finally spoke — addressing her adoring populous (the BBC One Show Producers and Hosts) — alongside a man who she claimed was her husband.
May’s appearance was a sad and desperate attempt by her to appear as if she’s an ACTUAL HUMAN BEING.
Of course, the appearance was designed to appeal to middle-aged/middle-England and her raving fanbase of elderly people and Daily Mail fundamentalists — you know — people who CAN ACTUALLY bare to sit through the mind-numbing blandness of the One Show without shooting themselves in the head, or reaching for the “Osborne Special” — gram of extra strong cocaine — just to get through the experience.
Sitting next to her was her husband — a man. Watching the happy couple pretend to be in love was certainly a sight for sore eyes — especially for me as I was sticking forks into mine just to stay awake.
May has generally kept away from the public — for good reason — she has the Hillary Clinton factor (the more people hear, see, or know about her the less they like her.)
This is precisely why she refuses to talk to the public — apart from a select “lucky” few at carefully, stage-managed events.
May is about as likable as smallpox — if it was a choice between the two at the ballot box — it would still be a rough decision.
All she can offer is “strong and stable” a phrase which normally would only be used to describe an antique wooden table. And yet still the table would be preferable, as at least it really is “strong and stable”, making it about a gazillion times more truthful than the notorious bare-faced liar known as May.
In between this extended fluff-piece (fluffers being extras that give blowjobs between takes to porn stars to keep them going), we were treated to an enlightened segment about the peril of “fake news”.
The BBC has decided that fake news is a huge problem — especially with young people. Although, no real evidence could be provided for this claim — as usual the BBC — took it upon themselves to teach the gullible children how to spot fake news.
Turns out the answer according to the BBC was to trust the establishment media, ie: The BBC.
It is in the spirit that I would like to present my own definitive guide to spotting fake news (one of the biggest threats of our time.)
Choose an article (don’t worry it doesn’t matter which one).
Read it carefully.
CONGRATUALTIONS! You’ve now become an expert at spotting fake news!
Whether they be lying about WMD’s in Iraq and sending us into never-ending wars that cause the deaths 100,000’s of innocent people or making up stories about how everyone HATES Jeremy Corbyn or lying about Labour’s financial policy through their corporately funded spokesperson from the IFS — the BBC is the primary place to get your full dose of fake news (even better than this you’re forced to pay for this shit!)
In fact, it would be more surprising to read something actually truthful on the BBC.
You know, with ALL the relevant facts. Not just some that help supports the case they are trying to make — with a tiny amount of counter fact and opinion to give it the illusion of not being bias. But ALL THE FACTS.
A study after the election by Stanford University showed that fake news is unlikely to have been the reason for Trump’s election.
Yet, the mainstream media cannot seem to make up its mind about this: on the one hand we have commentariats like Owen Jones saying that social media alone is not enough to get Corbyn elected. Then we have the BBC claiming that fake news (mainly spread through social media) is the reason Trump got elected.
Surely then, internet news cannot be both powerful enough to get the president of the US elected, and also so useless that it isn’t enough to get Corbyn elected?
My head hurts from this insane “logic”.
The BBC should actually be embarrassed by the fact that they leave so much information out of the “news” they broadcast — yet, they aren’t and won’t ever be.
The fact this segment was nestled nicely into the May’s “interview” makes it all the more ironic.
The Tories endless lies — calling Corbyn a “national security threat” and “terrorist sympathizer” and all the other stupid fake news shite they come out with — parroted, endlessly, gleefully in the echo chamber of the BBC and MSM.
Yes, the irony is painful.
The One Show — The Tories — The BBC — all the same thing in the end: propaganda.
Can’t wait until they have Corbyn on.
Now, Jeremy why do you hate the country, our freedoms, and national security so much?
We hear that you have plans to make every single child in the country read Marx’s communist manifesto 8 times EVERY SINGLE day — in the completely impossible event of you (ahahahahahahahahah!) winning on June 8 *sniggers* and beating the most POPULAR BELOVED POLITICIAN on the face of our planet! And her wonderful, caring, loving, husband.
Was it your love for the IRA’s well-known terrorist praiser Gerry Adams that inspired you to grow your Osama bin Laden like beard?
There you have it kids: how to REALLY spot fake news…..
Labour kicked off their official general election (GE) campaign in Manchester today (9th May 2017).
During his speech at the event, Jeremy Corbyn slammed the “rigged system” of Tory rule — which has seen grotesque levels of wealth inequality rise in this country since they got into power in 2010.
Corbyn directly attacked billionaire media mogul and Mr Burns look alike (and act alike) Rupert Murdoch.
After slamming the Tories for “ holding back” the potential of our country through austerity and privatization, Corbyn said:
Britain is a rich country – the sixth richest in the world.
We caught a glimpse of that wealth only two days ago when Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times published its Rich List.
In the last year, Britain’s 1,000 richest people have seen their wealth rise by 14 per cent to £658 billion – that’s nearly six times the budget of our NHS.
Imagine the outcry if public sector workers put in for a 14 per cent pay rise.
But it’s no surprise that the richest have got even richer after the tens of billions the Tories have handed them in tax cuts.
That’s what we mean when we say the system is rigged for the rich.
So thanks for making that clear, Mr Murdoch – though I imagine it’s the only help you will give us in this campaign.
In fact, we expect hostility. Our challenge to a rigged system is bound to meet hostility.
And warned that:
there is a real danger that the Tories’ fearmongering and spin machine will make some people settle for less than they should. Resign themselves to things the way they are – underestimating just how many more burdens the Tories could impose if their mission to rig the system for the rich isn’t halted.
We now have 30 days in which to save the country. As Corbyn said today at the speech:
We can transform Britain into a country that – instead of being run for the rich – is a one where everyone can lead richer lives.
So — let’s do it! The stakes couldn’t be higher — this really is our chance to end the neo-liberal hell inflicted on us through Tory brutality.
A recent article by the anti-Corbyn, pro-Blairite website, Labour Vision posed this question:
How can Labour Connect with the Skepta Generation?
Well, it seems the answer to that question may well have been answered. Although Labour Vision and similar Blairite outlets will, no doubt, not approve the answer.
A wide range of UK heavyweight, high-profile lyricists — hip-hop artists — grime MCs — have endorsed Corbyn, and urged young people to vote for him, and therefore Labour at the General Election on June 8th.
The basis of the Labour Vision article was to debate the question: how can Labour reach young people? who have (increasingly) become apathetic towards politics — which they labeled: the Skepta generation.
Skepta being a rapper/grime artist whom Labour Vision feel encapsulates a certain kind of political apathy in young people — an apathy that is reflected by large under-representation of the young at the ballot box.
The OBVIOUS answer to this problem — as I have said a million times before — is to offer policies that appeal to young people — and political honesty from politicians: this will attract young people to the polls, and encourage them to become politically engaged in general.
This is not rocket science or some sort of enigma that only a genius can crack.
IT’S JUST FUCKING OBVIOUS!
Now that Corbyn is leading the Labour Party — currently supported by a large majority of young people — a recent mega-poll finding that if only under 40’s voted then our next Prime Minister would be Jeremy Corbyn — it seems that the obvious solution I proposed is, in fact, the correct one.
Following May’s announcement that there will be a snap General Election on June 8th a wide array of UK rappers and grime artists have endorsed Corbyn’s campaign to become PM.
That Corbyn could reach these supposedly politically apathetic rappers — and therefore likely their fans, and therefore potentially an entire generation supposedly entirely dispossessed from politics — is either down to Corbyn’s clear love of second-wave grime music, or his policies and political honesty.
As much as Corbyn acts like a MOTHERFUCKING O.G. — I think it is the latter that is the more likely explanation.
This election — and the support for Corbyn in general — is driven in large part by generational divides. The fact that an old-school state socialist like Corbyn — a man who is frequently referred to as a national security threat, a floundering-moronic-twat-idiot, and described as exuding all the charisma of an anaemic geography teacher — usually all in the same article — is appealing to young people is, of course, a good thing, but it’s not a shock, or really that strange when you think about it.
It has been put to me that the reason Corbyn is appealing to the young — is because — as we’re young we are therefore idealistic. And have yet to make enough money, and own property — the reasons I am told that so many old people prefer the Tories. Essentially just self-interested and therefore selfish reasons. We (apparently) will grow out of supporting Corbyn and socialist policies in the future as we too will grow up and own property and then become Tory supporting selfish old people.
One major flaw in this logic and hypothesis: millennials are the poorest generation since World War 2, and that won’t change anytime soon. A recent IFS study showed that people in their early 30’s now, currently have on average half the wealth of people born just 10 years earlier — when they were in their early 30’s.
If this rapid decrease in wealth and opportunity continues — as the neo-liberal doctrine dictates it will — then our generation are just the first to experience what will be an inevitable future of ever increasing poverty and misery. It has also been put to me that when young people inherit the wealth of their deceased parents then this will turn us selfish Tory voters — no doubt, it will with some people, yet given that the average age of life expectancy is 81 (and rising), for people like me who are 30 — my parents now in their early 50’s — this would mean I’d have to wait for another 30 years until they die, making me 60, before I have reason to potentially be a Tory voter according to this logic.
Madness, silliness and insanity — and yet old people always come out with stuff like this as an explanation for young people supporting Corbyn.
Either that or it’s idealism that we’ll all grow out of.
Well if it’s idealistic to aim for a welfare system that doesn’t kill thousands of disabled people — then call me idealistic — I hope I’m never so selfish as to consider that acceptable.
Corbyn’s appeal to young black people is also not that surprising — Corbyn was an active campaigner against South-African apartheid, and campaigned strongly against the illegal and endlessly catastrophic Iraq War — often viewed (correctly) as a modern form of imperialism — issues which lie at the heart of black socialist/intellectual movements, and the black community in general.
Whatever you think about Corbyn – I won’t be bullied into submission here — I like him, and support his policies, and determination to stand-up both historically and in the present for what is right — not for the powers that be — but for us — to have this from any politician shows you something.
And it is that kind of character that attracts people from all over, young and old to the Corbyn movement. Whatever you think of him — can anybody imagine Corbyn’s former leadership challengers: Angela Eagle, or Andy Burnham, or (Jesus, now I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel) Owen Smith — ever inspiring such a wide-range of people, from all races — to get involved in politics — to vote and to engage?
Can you imagine if Corbyn wins and becomes PM? JME could rap the national anthem…I’d imagine (and hope) that a new meaning would be given to the lyric “God save the Queen”.
Corbyn has urged young people to register to vote before May 22 as he knows this is one of his best (if not only routes) to any possible victory — millions of people (especially young) still remain unregistered to vote.
So if you give a fuck about the NHS, disabled people, disgusting tax breaks for millionaires and corporations, Drs, Nurses, schools, children, poverty, you know pretty much everything the Tories have destroyed and stolen from us — then do something about it.
Boy better know! (now, man better know, so I’m told).