"I do not often attack the Labour party. They do it so well themselves."
There's a real corker of a red-on-red attack on the "Labour Uncut" website this evening,
"Labour leader leaves national television interview with pants on fire."
It's about Jeremy Corbyn's interview with Andrew Marr on Sunday.
It also makes some important points (which ought to act as a warning to people across the political spectrum) about how the "Fake News" narrative has damaged democracy by becoming a "get out of jail free card" for people who've been caught lying.
Here is an extract from what the author of the piece, Rob Marchant, has to say about Corbyn's interview:
- Corbyn says he took money from PressTV “a very long time ago” (it was 2012, only three years before becoming leader).
- He says he stopped when they “treated the Green movement the way that they did” (no, that was 2009, three years before).
- He says that he had, on each occasion, “made my voice very clear about human rights abuses” (all the appearances are available on YouTube and there is no evidence that Corbyn did any such thing).
You can read the full article here, and in my humble opinion it is worth reading.
This is the clip on Guido Fawkes' site which makes the points Rob Marchant refers to.
Rob Marchant goes on to say:
"Think about it: the Leader of the Opposition says three things which are easily proved to be untrue on national television in the space of around 20 seconds and the public barely bats an eyelid. And this phenomenon is not at all normal in any historical sense, at least in peacetime. "
"Ah, but they all do it, we hear someone say in a cynical tone."
"But they don’t. At least, not in Britain, up to about 2015, they didn’t."
"British politics is not Russian politics and is, amazingly, one of the most truthful and least corrupt (if not the least corrupt) in the Western world. "
"Besides, the media would call you out on it and it would be a big deal. But what Trump, Putin, Fox News, Breitbart and the age of the internet have jointly pulled off is a masterstroke: it’s to weaken confidence in an independent press altogether and, by extension, in democracy."
"In short, Trump’s 'fake news' is a disastrous meme, cancerous to democracies everywhere. While it may sometimes be true, those who use the words most frequently seem, unsurprisingly, to be the same people who have been caught lying. It’s a get-out-of-jail-free card."
"Vladimir Putin, who stands to gain most from this killing off of trust in democratically-elected politicians and the media, must be, as Lou Reed once put it, 'laughing till he wets his pants'”.
"The moral is simple: politicians shouldn’t lie, and British ones mostly don’t or, at least, didn’t. But in this brave new world of fact-free politics, it is desperately sad to see a Labour leader – a Labour leader – put himself at the front of that particular queue."