The Government’s approval ratings, especially in relation to their handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, are falling fast. Alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson has been caught lying to the Commons (twice in one PMQs session). Labour leader Keir Starmer’s approval ratings are climbing. So, for the right-leaning part of our free and fearless press, a hatchet job was in order. And so it came to pass.
The problem for those cheering on Bozo The Clown is that the hit piece, in today’s Mail on Sunday
, has been co-authored by the odious flannelled fool Master Harry Cole, already appointed so succeed the non-bullying Tom Newton Dunn as political editor of the Murdoch Sun
. This has given the inmates of the Baby Shard bunker an excellent opportunity to see the true ability of their latest signing. Or the lack of it.
“Man of the people? New Labour leader Sir Keir owns land worth up to £10m
” proclaims the headline
, not telling readers that “Up to
” includes the figure zero. But do go on. “The Labour leader acquired the property, on green belt next to the Surrey home where he grew up, in 1996, while he was working as a human rights lawyer. It does not have planning permission, but the local council is under pressure to provide thousands of new homes, and has accepted it must sacrifice green belt to meet targets
It’s a field in a green belt area. So of course it does not have planning permission, because that does not arise. So the £10 million figure is pure speculation. But the MoS
has not been deterred from inventing the “concerns
” of nearby residents. “Families living near the field fear Sir Keir might one day sell it and worry that any future development will transform the area’s character
”. Why might they have become fearful?
“One neighbour claimed an estate agent was seen showing a developer around the site
”. And how is “the site
” defined? The house nearby, where Starmer’s late parents lived, is on the market, along with a strip of land behind it. As Starmer’s spokesman has put it, his family is making the sale as “This is legally required under their responsibilities as executors to their late father’s will
”. The field is not for sale. No viewings have been made.
The whole story is crap. And as a result, it will not only have no effect on the Labour leader’s ratings, but will turn off those readers who the MoS
is wanting to turn against The Red Team. Observers were certainly not convinced, with Richard Bartholomew responding “More garbage ‘news’ from the Mail on Sunday. Keir Starmer owns a field, but it is not worth ‘up to £10 million’. Apparently, 70 imaginary properties on the land could be worth that amount, but Starmer has no plans to develop it and it's greenbelt anyway
Peter Walker of the Guardian
was equally unimpressed. “‘Could’ and ‘up to’ doing a hell of a lot of heavy lifting here. But I guess, ‘Man owns field’ is less exciting
”. Worse for the MoS
, it merely encourages examination of all that wealth accumulated by so many Tory MPs, not least Bozo himself. And Jacob Rees Mogg. And countless others.
And that is the best that the non-journalist hired by the Murdoch mafiosi to be the Sun’s
political editor can do. Have they been sold a pup, or have they been sold a pup?
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-Harry Cole. He’s not totally useless. But you can see it from there
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At least it answers the great question posed by Ronnie Barker in 1980 - what is the difference between a donkey and an ass?
One of them is an animal Sir Keir is quite fond of protecting...
The other is Harry Cole...
Cole is looking more like Squealer from Animal Farm everyday. Better to see that Bonce on a platter with an apple in it's gob.
At what level is Sir Keir's champagne consumption? I remember the days when all good socialists lived up Islington way.
But if it is grim up North London try thinking why the Red Wall fell to bits and the Northern Powerhouse turned blue. Labour isn't, it didn't just abandon it's roots, it looked down it's woke nose and sneered at them.
Anyhow Sir Keir ratings mean nought until "Labour" win over the SNP, best of luck with that Surrey boy!
Starmer would do well to note that schmoozing the tories doesn't guarantee their media won't lay off him. I'll take a rain check on whether that influences policies - on which so far he's batting minus zero.
Meantime, he could clear the bullshit in two steps.
1. Find alternative sanctuaries for the donkeys.
2. Apply for planning permission for social housing (subject to plot size) and, if granted, gift the land to the community. If not granted, gift the land anyway.
Neither will happen of course. Which is why the whole "saga" is a load of typical Heil bollocks Starmer probably knows he can ignore.
Mail commenters realise it's bollocks. Best rated.
"Keir purchased the field for his late disabled mother. The field was used to house donkeys that Keirs parents rescued and cared for. After his mother lost the ability to walk, the field allowed her to still watch the donkeys from her home. Such a nice story :) thanks for sharing!"
A big Hee-Haw for Cole at the Daily Mule.
Kiss my ass.
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