“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”. Ri-i-i-ight.
“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.
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.
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-Harry Cole. He’s not totally useless. But you can see it from there.