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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Sun Corbyn Putin Smear BUSTED

It is Albert Einstein who is usually credited with the observation “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Most intelligent people understand this concept. But at the Baby Shard bunker, the Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun are having none of it. For them, it’s a case of If You Don’t Succeed, well, just suck a little more seed instead.
They tried to smear Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as a Soviet agent. That failed, most notoriously after their claim that the former East German Stasi held a file on him proved to be untrue. So now they are bringing their readers the same, er, fluid in a differently labelled bottle, with today’s headline proclaiming “Outrage at Red Jezza … PUTIN’S PUPPET … Corbyn refuses to blast Russia on spy attack”.

Perhaps buoyed by the Mail backing up its stance - their headline is “CORBYN, THE KREMLIN STOOGE” - the Sun’s non-bullying political editor Tom Newton Dunn has proclaimed to readers “JEREMY Corbyn was branded Vladimir Putin’s puppet last night after failing to condemn Russia over the nerve agent attack”.
But, as Captain Blackadder might have observed, there was only one problem with this idea - it was bollocks. We know this as the text of what Jezza actually said is readily available, and contains such lines as “The attack in Salisbury was an appalling act of violence, Nerve agents are abominable if used in any war. It is utterly reckless to use them in a civilian environment”. Nor did he hold back on the Putin régime.

We have a duty to speak out about the abuse of human rights by the Putin Government and their supporters, both at home and abroad, and I join many others in this House in paying tribute to the many campaigners in Russia for human rights, justice and democracy in that country. We must do more to address the dangers posed by the state’s relationship with unofficial mafia-like groups and corrupt oligarchs”. And that condemnation?
The events in Salisbury earlier this month are abominable and have been rightly condemned across the House. Britain has to build a consensus with our allies, and we support the Prime Minister in taking multilateral and firm action to ensure that we strengthen the chemical weapons convention and that this dreadful, appalling act, which we totally condemn, never happens again in our country” [my emphases].

Corbyn has made clear his, and his party’s, condemnation of what happened in Salisbury. Yet there are both the Sun and Mail claiming he did not. Sadly for therm, what Jezza said is a matter of Parliamentary record. Newton Dunn no doubt has his orders, and needs the money, but once again his credibility has been shot through by nothing more taxing than actually checking the facts. And the facts say his pants are on fire.
Shill for the Tories by all means, Sun and Mail hacks. But all that lying to the readers will do is to guarantee, with the certainly of night following day, that once they realise they’ve been had, they’ll stop buying your rubbish and won’t come back.

And the Sun is still losing money hand over fist. Serves the idiots right.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

And still not one shred of evidence linking it anywhere.

Allegations are not evidence and suspicion is not proof. At least in a democracy.

I'd ask Doctor David Kelly for back up in this but he got dead after going for a walk in the woods.

Pavi said...

You may find this of interest
1) Porton Down has acknowledged in publications it has never seen any Russian “novichoks”. The UK government has absolutely no “fingerprint” information such as impurities that can safely attribute this substance to Russia.
2) Until now, neither Porton Down nor the world’s experts at the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) were convinced “Novichoks” even exist.
3) The UK is refusing to provide a sample to the OPCW.
4) “Novichoks” were specifically designed to be able to be manufactured from common ingredients on any scientific bench. The Americans dismantled and studied the facility that allegedly developed them. It is completely untrue only the Russians could make them, if anybody can.
5) The “Novichok” programme was in Uzbekistan not in Russia. Its legacy was inherited by the Americans during their alliance with Karimov, not by the Russians.
With a great many thanks to sources who cannot be named at this moment.

Anonymous said...

Apparently Treeza convinced Macron of Russian responsibility, given that he issued a statement that they were responsible and would implement measures.
If she had absolute evidence of this before her statement instead of her ' highly likely' line. Why didn't she inform Corbyn under Privy Council rules of this. Unless she's lying....again.

iCowboy said...


There is some disagreement exactly where novichoks were discovered, but the two candidates are the State Scientific Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology in Moscow, or Shikhany in Central Russia.

And the UK has repeatedly confirmed it is sending a sample to the OPCW.

Lots more about the Soviet/Russian chemical weapons programmes in:

State Secrets: An Insider's Chronicle of the Russian Chemical Weapons Program
by Vil S. Mirzayanov who worked on the programme in the 1970s and 80.

https://outskirtspress.com/StateSecrets_aninsiderschronicle

Cynthia Lenin said...


By the look of some of the comments here, you don't have to be an 'idiot' to be 'useful'.

Anonymous said...

Cowboy, Is there anything on the British Chemical Weapons Programme at Porton Down, which, entirely by coincidence, happens to be five miles from, er, Salisbury?

Can you update us on any evidence linking the Skripal attack to the Russian goverment? I worry that the tory defence minister telling the Russians to "Go away and shut up" won't help the "investigation".

Thanks in advance.

Cynthia Lenin said...

Anonymous

1.And the London bridge that that other guy was found hanging from was only 300 yards from a hardware shop which sold ROPE!

2.And the guy shot in the leg with an adapted umbrella was only half a mile away from a RAILWAY LOST PROPERTY OFFICE!

3.As far as evidence is concerned, I think we should wait until the perpetrator hands him/herself in to the Salisbury bobbies and furnishes them with a full confession witnessed by his local vicar.

The Tory defence minister is a prick.

One out of three is not a bad score. At least, by the standards of Russia Today.

Anonymous said...

Cowboy, I'm waiting......

Got anything yet?

Thanks in advance.

nparker said...

Anonymous, you might want to make it a little less obvious you are a Putin lover. It doesn't make it difficult to spot what your game is when your comment structure is the same as all the comments on other articles where you pretend to be a left wing firebrand.

Anonymous said...

OO look, Tim....Not everyone in Britain is a far right gobshite. Every now and then something sneaks through the net.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/15/uks-claims-questioned-doubts-emerge-about-source-of-salisburys-novichok

The salutary bit:

The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, who visited the site at Nukus, said it had been dismantled with US help. He is among those advocating scepticism about the UK placing blame on Russia.

In a blog post, he wrote: “The same people who assured you Saddam Hussein had WMDs now assure you Russian ‘novichok’ nerve agents are being wielded by Vladimir Putin to attack people on British soil.”

A Russian lawyer, Boris Kuznetsov, told Reuters he was offering to pass to the British authorities a file he said might be relevant to the Salisbury case. It details an incident when poison hidden in a phone receiver killed a Russian banker and his secretary in 1995. The poison came from an employee at the state chemical facility who sold it through intermediaries – in an ampule placed in a presentation case – to help reduce his debts.

The UK government case rests not just on its argument that novichok was developed in Russia, but what it says is past form, a record of Russian state-sponsored assassination of former spies.

Murray, in a phone interview, is undeterred, determined to challenge the government line, in spite of having been subjected to a level of abuse on social media he had not experienced before.

“There is no evidence it was Russia. I am not ruling out that it could be Russia, though I don’t see the motive. I want to see where the evidence lies,” Murray said. “Anyone who expresses scepticism is seen as an enemy of the state.”


Nice one, Craig. Unless you too are a Putin sympathiser and Commie. In which case, how did you get that post in Uzbekistan?

Do you think this'll get much coverage in mainstream media, Tim?