The inmates of the Baby Shard Bunker still believe that they have their finger on the public pulse, that whatever they serve up in the pages of the Super Soaraway Currant Bun will keep the masses coming back for more. Sadly, with the Sun’s circulation having now dipped below 1.4 million (4 million in 1992, remember) this is clearly not the case. And the latest leftie-bashing “exclusive” has only served to show why.
“COCKTAIL PARTY Labour’s Diane Abbott breaks the law by swigging can of mojito on the train home” screamed the headline, followed up with “A retired police officer has called for Ms Abbott to 'face action' after she was caught illegally drinking alcohol on a London Overground service”. This was no ordinary can of mojito. It was an M&S mojito.
Tony Gallagher - another out-of-touch editor
But do go on. “SHADOW Home Secretary Diane Abbott was slammed for illegally downing an alcoholic cocktail on a train … Drinking alcohol is against the law on all Tubes, buses and trains run by Transport for London”. Then come the lies. “The outspoken Labour MP stunned fellow passengers by swigging a £2 can of Marks and Spencer mojito on an Overground service”. The bloke in the next seat is clearly not stunned.
And it gets worse. “Ms Abbott - who has campaigned to end the sale of cheap alcohol”. It’s from M&S, Sun people. M&S is not “cheap alcohol”. Have another go. “A passenger said: ‘She kept her head down and was staring at her phone but kept slurping from the can. It was 1pm, so a bit early to be drinking - especially in public.’” Bullshit. The Sun has not spoken to any passengers - well, apart from the one who took the photo.
Moreover, getting righteous about having a scoop in the afternoon, coming from people who regularly, er, have a scoop in the afternoon is just more hypocrisy. Still, they did have someone from the London Assembly to comment. “Susan Hall, who sits on the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee, said: ‘As someone who aspires to be Home Secretary, Diane Abbott should know better’”. Susan Hall, you say? Ri-i-i-ight.
Susan Hall, or @councillorsuzie, is a Tory, so Mandy Rice Davies applies. Also, her Twitter feed is one long succession of snipes and moans at Sadiq Khan. So what she has told the Sun is entirely predictable. In any case, the court of public opinion has already passed judgment, and that feedback shows how out of touch the Murdoch goons are.
“Good on her, I'd need a bloody mojito if I was stalked by Sun journalists 24/7 … If there's a story here it should be ‘Desperate hack stalks MP for clickbait’ … whoever wrote this, you went to Uni and this is what you ended up writing about. Be proud because your parents aren’t … You people are the very lowest form of life and you should delete your account/newspaper”. And what of other media folks’ reactions?
The excellent Sun Apology has collected some of these, including Shahmir Sanni (“Don’t apologise. This is fucking epic”), James Ball (“I only hope it was a good mojito”), Lisa Moorish (“LEGEND”), and Dan Hodges (“Was it a decent mojito? Not many people know how to make them properly these days”). Yes, even Labour-hating Dan Hodges took the whole episode with a vey large pinch of salt. That would be game over.
The Sun tries once again to be relevant. And once again it fails. No change there, then.
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