Today’s Queen’s Speech signified that Theresa May, still without a deal with the ten MPs of the DUP and therefore unable to command a majority in the Commons, had effectively gutted the Tory Party manifesto in order to retain some hope of getting her legislative programme through Parliament some time within the next two years. Thus another moral victory accrued to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.
Claims to be a real journalist. No, don't laugh
This could not be allowed to go unchallenged by those out there on the right, and so, right on cue, the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog took out their latest dead cat and duly slung it on the table. “Corbyn Refuses To Bow To The Queen” gasped the headline, signifying that the dead cat being chucked was not a new one, but the 2015 Remembrance Day cat patched up and re-slung.
Also, as Captain Blackadder might have observed, there was only one thing wrong with this idea - it was bollocks. After the Fawkes post, authored by Alex “Billy Liar” Wickham, claimed “As everyone around him nods their head to acknowledge Her Maj, Corbyn stubbornly refuses to bow. He then winks to a colleague. Emboldened, Jezza not selling out on his republican views”, Damian McBride smelt a rat.
Pa Broon’s former spinner noted that Theresa May hadn’t bowed back in 2012, and then all hell broke loose as Teaboy Wickham’s latest steaming pile of bullpucky was rumbled. Peter Walker of the Guardian observed “David Cameron didn't bow to Queen at 2016 state opening. Seems Corbyn following protocol, despite ‘snub’ reports … Neither Cameron nor Harriet Harman bowed at 2015 state opening either”.
Sadly, those in the right-leaning part of the press had already - and most unwisely - taken Wickham on trust, with the Murdoch Sun telling readers “JEREMY CORBYN today chose not to bow to the Queen as he entered the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament … Video footage showed the Labour leader staying upright while Theresa May and others bowed to Her Majesty” before realising they had fouled up.
Fat twat also has trousers well alight
“But confusion reigned today over whether or not Mr Corbyn was actually supposed to bow … Some members of the public criticised the Labour leader for not showing enough respect to the Queen”. In other words, Job Done by the smear merchants. The Express joined in, too. “NATIONAL DISGRACE: Jeremy Corbyn refuses to bow to Queen and then WINKS at colleagues”. They, too, got it wrong.
And here is The Correct Answer
The HuffPo, once more, had the correct answer: “Jeremy Corbyn ‘Observed Correct Protocol’ By Not Bowing To The Queen … Labour leader’s allies said it was the PM who got it wrong”. Their Royal source explained “The correct protocol is that the Speaker and Black Rod bow on behalf of the whole of the House. Jeremy observed that protocol”.
So this is the situation chez Fawkes (again)
Once again, Alex Wickham pulls a pack of lies, and his pals in the press are gullible and desperate enough to go along with it. The Fawkes blog has now added the weasel get-out “Guido reckons it is fair to say bowing is very much optional and not mandatory, and Corbyn - as expected with his long-held republican beliefs - decided against”.
As expected, the Fawkes rabble lied before being arsed to do a few minutes’ research. When will the press establishment get real about this borderline Fake News shower?