The right-leaning part of the Fourth Estate is, for once, very much on the back foot as it tries to comprehend not only the aftermath of the General Election, but also the craven response of the Government to the Grenfell Tower fire. Theresa May’s popularity has plummeted as Jeremy Corbyn’s has risen. The press response is all too predictable: it has to be the left’s fault. And so the smear machine has swung into action.
Signalling the demonisation of the left on its front page is the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, howling “Militants hijack inferno protest” before ensuring readers know “Hard-Left activists accused of exploiting the grief of Grenfell Tower families as demonstrations turn ugly”. And for good measure, there is the bonus smear “Corbyn-backers spread ‘fake news’ about death toll”.
Over at the Mail, yesterday’s plainly batshit suggestion that the dastardly EU was somehow behind the blaze - not an easy one to stand up, as countries likes Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland have banned the use of the kind of cladding used in the Grenfell Tower refurbishment - has given way to falling in line with the lefty-bashing, with a thundering Daily Mail Comment stoking up the red scare paranoia.
“Barely had the body count begun - and it seems, tragically, that it will run into scores - than hard-Left supporters of Jeremy Corbyn were spinning a narrative about the fire, blaming divisions of wealth, profiteering and (inevitably) ‘Tory cuts’” sneers the authentic voice of the Vagina Monologue, going on to tell “the Left played an unseemly game of competitive compassion (‘if Theresa May cared as much as Mr Corbyn, she would have talked to victims, not just emergency services’)”.
Then come the downright lies: “budget cuts by the Tory council had nothing to do with it … For just £200,000, life-saving sprinklers could have been installed. Instead, priority seems to have been given to meeting EU targets for energy conservation … Equally groundless are the Left’s attempts to blame cuts in London’s fire service”. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
And not to be left out, the Murdoch goons at the Sun have brought forth another fresh and steaming pile of weapons grade bullpucky from the odious flannelled fool Master Harry Cole, claiming “HARD-LEFT activists were blasted for “hijacking” the genuine outrage over the Grenfell tragedy … Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn fan group Momentum were spotted during the invasion of Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall”. Do go on.
“One eyewitness slammed the Westminster protest as ‘a bunch of white middle class students, who were handed their signs’ … They went on: ‘These kids had nothing to do with Grenfell, it was just the usual suspects and the students turning up’”. Who was that eyewitness? Most likely it was the fat twat Cole himself.
The Sun even roped in alleged libertarian Brendan O’Neill to whine “In the 20 years I’ve been writing about politics, I can’t remember a tragedy being milked for party-political gain as quickly and cynically as this … What has happened to the Left that it can engage in such low political grandstanding even before the bodies have been counted?”
As if he gives a shit beyond scoring his paycheque. It’s just another example of the Tory-backing press desperately trying to blame Grenfell on the left. And it is going nowhere.