After the Tories finalised their deal with the DUP, miraculously finding the “magic money tree” they claimed did not exist, and bunging Northern Ireland’s largest party a cool billion in return for their support, the right-leaning part of the Fourth Estate had some serious reverse-ferreting to do, not least the Murdoch goons at the Super Soaraway Currant Bun, whose stance in the lead up to the General Election was so very different.
At the beginning of this month, a Sun editorial screamed “A toxic leftie coalition would spell Brexit betrayal, havoc with the economy and the destruction of Britain … A cosy Labour and SNP pact really would spell the Coalition of Chaos as the left clearly have no understanding of basic economics … Labour could not govern without a coalition with the SNP. Jeremy Corbyn’s posturing on Brexit is meaningless: the Scots would call the shots”.
Moreover, it was all about Brexit: “Imagine, if you dare, the Tories lost their majority next week. Who then would head for Brussels to negotiate our exit? Not the PM who spoke so well yesterday of the ‘great national mission’ to build a ‘stronger, fairer and more prosperous Britain’ via Brexit. And who has insisted, as any tough negotiator should, that she will walk away with no deal if the EU’s final offer is bad for the country”.
Who, then, would represent us? “Instead it would be Corbyn and a third-rate crew cobbled together from the tiny band in the Labour Party still prepared to serve on his front bench … Plus a delegate from the SNP stroppily arguing for Scotland to be exempted from almost all of it … [Corbyn] would buckle to the EU and, to keep power, every SNP demand too … Labour knows it is damaged by the prospect of this Coalition of Chaos”.
What a difference a few weeks makes: today, the Sun leader makes no mention of Brexit at all. Zero. Zilch. Nil. Nada. Not a sausage. Bugger all. And nor is there any mention of any “coalition of chaos”. Instead, it strikes a suitably triumphalist tone.
“THERESA May is right to have done a deal with the DUP. It means we have a viable Government in the most difficult period Britain has faced in decades … In return, £1billion will be spent in a region needing every penny, benefiting Catholics and Protestants alike”. No comment on all the parts of England and Wales needing every penny, of course.
No mention of “buckling to the EU”, which is as well, given our brave negotiating team has already caved on the idea of parallel trade talks. No mention of minority party demands, which is also convenient to the Murdoch goons, as the DUP is concerned about the prospect of a “hard border” with the Irish Republic.
But what is in evidence is the Sun’s propensity to dishonesty: “Labour’s hypocrisy is blatant and obnoxious. Twice, in 2010 and 2015, they lobbied for the same deal with the DUP”. To get a Queen’s Speech through Parliament and sustain the majority party in confidence votes in 2015? When Labour lost? Pull the other one.
“And it is laughable of them [Labour] to accuse the Tories of ‘bribing’ the DUP”. What do the Murdoch clowns think £1 billion is, Scotch intercoursing Mist? Get out of here.
It was a “coalition of chaos” if it was Labour. When it’s a party the Murdoch mafiosi prefer, it’s no longer a grubby stitch-up, but “best for Britain”. Pass the sick bag.