In case anyone was not yet aware that much of our free and fearless press long ago abandoned the distinction between news and comment, today’s edition of the Super Soaraway Currant Bun - which in living memory was moving four million copies a day but has now fallen below 1.25 million - should put them straight.
Desperately trying to dismiss genuine concerns over the Tories’ intentions for the NHS, and indeed the party’s competence under the leadership of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, the Sun has today ranted “Key Corb Claim Crushed … TRUMP THUMPS CHUMP OVER NHS LIES”. A mass circulation newspaper reaching for the L-Word is a sure sign that matters are becoming desperate.
The paper has run its own “Fact Check” - The Sun checking facts is a contradiction in terms if ever there was one - to try and debunk Labour claims that the NHS would be “on the table” in future trade talks. It has run a particularly abusive editorial today headed “Lies on NHS” and asserting “OUR Government and America’s could not be more emphatic: Under the Tories the NHS will never be for sale”. There is more.
“It is pathetic to see Corbyn, his social media propagandists and his pet ’journalists’ persist with their baseless and utterly cynical scaremongering … The health service will not form part of any post-Brexit trade deal. Not if it was offered ‘on a silver platter’, according to Donald Trump. Boris Johnson says it is off-limits anyway … Corbyn pretends even that isn’t enough. Why? Because that really IS all he has”. Which is not true.
We know this as both Combover Crybaby Donald Trump, and Woody Johnson (part of the “Johnson” in Johnson & Johnson), his ambassador to the UK, have said that the NHS would be on the table in any future trade talks. Johnson said in an interview on The Andy Marr Show™ in early June that “healthcare” would be “on the table” for discussion as part of a post-Brexit trade deal”. Then, soon afterwards, Trump confirmed it.
Here’s what Sky News reported at the time: “When asked if the NHS should be on the table for a post-Brexit trade deal, Donald Trump says ‘everything will be on table … I think we’re going to have a great trade deal … We’re going to have a great and very comprehensive trade deal … I think everything with a trade deal is on the table. When you’re dealing with trade, everything’s on the table … So NHS or anything else … a lot more than that, but everything will be on the table”. He went there. And he said it.
So when the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker start shouting “liar”, it is they who should be reaching for the nearest extinguisher. Worse, as Politico has told, “Boris Johnson and Donald Trump snuck in a quick private meeting Tuesday evening with little fanfare ahead of a NATO leaders' meeting in London Wednesday. The U.K. prime minister and U.S. president discussed the importance of the military alliance and the need for unity to address evolving threats during a head-to-head”. What else did they discuss?
Tory cheerleaders can stamp their feet and cat-call all they want. Trump has already said that the NHS would be on the table in future trade talks. No amount of propagandist knocking copy can change that. Nor can it make Bozo The Clown a competent PM.
The Murdoch mafiosi is now beyond desperate. But you knew that anyway.
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