The drift of the Mail on Sunday, since Geordie Greig went to edit the Daily Mail and was replaced by Ted Verity, into a truly rogue newspaper has been gathering pace of late. Today it crossed the line from being a newspaper into operating as a propaganda tool, a deniable arm of Conservative HQ. Its front page splash is also notable for being total invention, a pack of lies so obvious that it is laughable.
“As MoS exposes plot to let Bercow send surrender letter to Brussels … No 10 PROBES REMAIN MPs’ ‘FOREIGN COLLUSION’” thunders the headline. It is as if every Tory tribalist’s masturbatory fantasy were thrown into one climactic wet dream. All the devils are brought together: Brussels, World War 2, Speaker Bercow, dastardly plots, betrayal, treachery, and of course all those ghastly people who don’t speak English.
But sadly, fantasy is all it is, hence the quote marks around the supposedly killer phrase “Foreign Collusion”. Because there isn’t any (minor point, eh chaps?): this claim was first invented some weeks ago by the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog (along with the “Surrender Bill” claim). That means the MoS should have got at least one more reliable source to back it up. They haven’t, and so they can’t.
So let’s see what now passes as journalism at the MoS. “Downing Street has launched a major investigation into alleged links between foreign governments and the MPs behind the 'Surrender Act' which could force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Sources said No 10 took the unprecedented action after officials received intelligence that the MPs, including former Cabinet Minister Oliver Letwin, had received help drafting the Bill from members of the French Government and the European Union”.
And to that I call bullshit. There is no credible intelligence to back up that claim. But good to see that the old stand-by of blaming the French is being wheeled out again. So where has the story come from? Ah well. It does not take too long to discern the hand of Downing Street’s chief polecat Dominic Cummings at work behind the scenes.
Like here: “Last night, a senior No 10 source said: 'The Government is working on extensive investigations into Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Hilary Benn [who tabled the Bill] and their involvement with foreign powers and the funding of their activities. Governments have proper rules for drafting legislation, but nobody knows what organisations are pulling these strings”. The Government is doing no such thing.
But do go on “'We will demand the disclosure of all details of their personal communications with other states. The drafting of primary legislation in collusion with foreign powers must be fully investigated.’” We’re getting very close to the language being ramped up to “Collaborator”. There is also a whiff of anti-Semitism.
Not that the MoS wants to suggest a connection between Oliver Letwin, who is Jewish, and the phrase “pulling these strings”. Especially as the article goes on to talk about “claims from senior sources that Mr Letwin had agreed the January 31 date in the first Benn Act with figures at the French Embassy in London”.
All that this lamentable piece of pseudo-journalism tells us is that the MoS’ political editor has been reduced to taking dictation from Polecat Dom. Sad, really.
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