As the final campaigning for this week’s General Election gets under way, the right-leaning part of our free and fearless press, for which read most of it, has embarked upon an orgy of Labour bashing unparalleled in modern times, or perhaps in any times. The Express, Mail, Telegraph and Times have trumpeted the marvels of alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his late allegiance to walkabouts.
But at the Murdoch Sun, it is all about knocking copy, as the front page headline screams “Devastating Special Report … Waking up to Corbyn as PM on Friday the 13th would just be the start of a … NIGHTMARE … Seduced by Labour’s manifesto bribes? Read our experts’ grim vision of Marxist Britain”. Frightened shitless, much?
So let’s see just who those “experts” are. After all, not even the Super Soaraway Currant Bun would just cobble together a bunch of right-wing nonentities with a variety of axes to grind and nothing more to offer than slagging off the Labour leadership, would they? Er, that’s exactly what they’d do. “Experts” is pushing it a bit.
Take Robert Colville, Director of the Centre for Policy Studies. He’s their expert on the economy. The CPS is deeply Conservative. It was co-founded by Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher. It is an Astroturf lobby group which, like the TPA, IEA, ASI and others, seeks to shrink the public sector. Colville is not a disinterested party to this election.
Nor is Liam Halligan, who claims to be an “economist and broadcaster”. Halligan fronted the infamous Channel 4 Dispatches hatchet job on the HS2 project, which had clearly decided what its conclusion would be beforehand. He later endorsed a claim that reopening the Great Central Main Line would be a viable HS2 alternative. It would not.
Then we have Richard Kemp sounding off about defence. Kemp is a racist bigot who has no experience of Government. He is, by inference, supporting Bozo The Clown, who is frightened of a couple of interviews. Bozo would not stand up to anyone, let alone Britain’s enemies. And then we get to allegations of anti-Semitism.
Enter Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, who claims to speak for “the vast majority of British Jews”, which he does not. Pollard is also deeply Conservative. He told Guardian readers back in 2012 “A political heavyweight with mass appeal - Boris Johnson is the holy grail of Conservatism”. He’s a long-time Bozo booster.
And finally we get to the “expert” on the press. Sadly, Brendan O’Neill was unavailable to sign for his paycheque, and so it is Mick Hume of Spiked, so called because it should have been long ago, who has volunteered to claim that Jezza “effectively wants to nationalise the news, with publicly-funded media outlets promoting ‘public interest’ journalism”.
That is dishonest drivel, but predictably so, as is the final “expert”, Howard Cox, founder of FairFuelUK. Yes, a selfish lobby group bleating for cheaper fuel so that those who drive can keep on chucking out the pollutants, while we’re facing a Climate Emergency. Right on cue, he’s whining about cycling and rail travel. For him, climate change isn’t a problem.
These are not experts. They are, to a man, deeply Conservative. They support the Tories. And none of them can be trusted any further than they can be usefully chucked.
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