Tell it to me strait
Only four days in and the general election is already outstaying its welcome. We’ve had rants from two ex-Labour MPs, standing in front of an advert claiming to be ‘Mainstream’ that people should vote for Boris Johnson—perhaps like John Mann they’re hoping to be rewarded with Tory peerages; we’ve had Margaret Hodge doing her usual anti-Corbyn blather, and Jonathan Freedland in the Guardian today rehashing his usual handwringing commentary about Corbyn’s supposed anti-Semitism: he doesn’t seem able to grasp reality (and does he really get paid every time he writes the same stuff over and over again?). Then there was a story about a Labour MP singing the Beatles song Hey Jude—but supplanting Jews for Jude. Why on earth would he do that (he's vehemently denied the accusation)? And why would the Huffington Post reveal this story 20 months after it allegedly happened? (Clue: I looked at their website today and they’re running a poll on whether Labour can ever be a centrist party under Corbyn.) But I did get some amusement from the HuffPost from an ad (see below). A rather critical error for such a service, I thought.
At least there are more websites claiming to ‘fact check’ claims made by political parties (and others). Buzzfeed’s fact checking service seems to have a disproportionate number of falsehoods perpetrated by the LibDems, not least their leaflets which misrepresent with graphs how this or that seat is a ‘two-horse race.’ Defending this practice on Sky News Jo Swinson gave one of her smug, top class disingenuous performances—boiling down to ‘we can say what we like because we’re LibDems.’ She is going to be one of the more irritating features of the next five weeks.
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