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Sunday 28 January 2024

Labour - Press And Pundits Wrong

The right-leaning part of our free and fearless press has, since the Tories’ poll lead vanished and Labour went in front by a margin now over 20%, tried every tactic in order to instruct their readership to vote in line with the superior insights of their editors, hacks and pundits. Every trick in the book of dirty tricks has been deployed. And the result thus far is total abject failure.

Soft left? Extremist doctors? How shall I put this ...

Some of the scare stories are off the scale batshit, exemplified by Janet Daly of the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, someone who can be located in the no man’s land between “has-been” and “never was”, today bringing readers “Capitulation to the soft Left has ruined Britain”. Another who, in the days of Bill Deedes, would not have got in the Tel’s door.

Tory attempts to stop the Tel being sold off are pointless, though: free markets are wonderful until they mean your main propaganda conduit getting sold, all right-wing hands on deck, wittering about FREEZE PEACH, all this will be to no avail, sale or no. Hello press and pundits - you are facing an electorate that cares only about securing one outcome - sending the Tories packing.

Sure, there has been some unhappiness at Labour’s stance on the behaviour of Israel and its security agencies recently, and some high profile resignations, but this, as the saying goes, has been “priced in”. Many of those voters will return to the Labour fold come the General Election, and those that don’t are not going anywhere near the Tories. And it gets worse.

The more traditional attack lines, like trying to pick apart your opponent’s tax and spending plans, won’t work either. So the perpetually thirsty Paul Staines and his rabble at the Guido Fawkes blog wetting themselves over Labour’s environmental commitments “only being an objective”, and not a spending commitment, is also pointless. The public mind is made up.

Worse, the filter being applied by many voters is merely entrenching their view: tax and spend attacks are filtered out, but the horror show of post-Brexit realisation that many who voted Leave were conned is not. Attempts to deflect the Post Office scandal onto either Labour, the Lib Dems, or both, have failed. As for the broadcast cheerleaders, no, that ain’t working, either.

... that's what that is. And pointless with it

Fiona Bruce realised that when she told a BBC Question Time audience that many of them would be voting Conservative, only to realise that they would not. Laura Kuenssberg has tried a variation on that today by telling Yvette Cooper that many viewers would disagree with her. She doesn’t have the immediacy of a studio audience. But she’ll find out that was wrong.

If the Tories and their hangers-on want to know what is going on, they need to stop and think: contrary to all the talking up of Tory Prime Ministers from Young Dave to Treeza to Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson to Liz Truss to Rishi Sunak, voters know all of them do not measure up to who went before, whether it is Tone or Pa Broon they use as a comparator.

Voters also know that Ms Truss and her pals from Tufton Street came mightily close to totally screwing the UK’s finances. They know Sunak is irredeemably out of touch and dishonest with it. They know, especially, that the media class, yes, including Ms Kuenssberg, talked up Johnson when the bloke was monumentally inept, dishonest, selfish, lazy, and totally uncaring.

Yes, a few on the fringes will listen to pundits from Gammon Broadcasting™ News (“Bacon’s News Channel”) and believe the barrage of lies being broadcast. To a lesser extent, this is also true of Murdoch media noise floor occupant TalkTV. But these people will not swing constituencies from one party to another. Nor will the increasingly cruel Government policies.

The Rwanda plan, apparently thought up on the fly by Bozo as another of those wizard wheezes to get through another news cycle, is unlikely to see anyone deported. Cutting already inadequate benefits may get a few bigots on board, but so many voters will move the other way as to negate them. The next two by-elections, Kingswood and Wellingborough, are highly likely to be lost by the Tories. Heavily. Whatever the press try to dream up.

Save your breath, Tory backers. The voters want your team out. That is all.

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The Toffee said...

"Fiona Bruce realised that when she told a BBC Question Time audience that many of them would be voting Conservative, only to realise that they would not."

Having not bothered with bbcqt for a good few years (the later bumblebee years for definite, apart from one or two Thursday nights when I was slightly...erm...refreshed) I wasn't aware of this, but it doesn't take much working out to know why she said it.

Anonymous said...

Was listening to a phone in last week from a London resident who was Indian and was scathing of Sunak, but it was interesting to hear such a voice.

He’s too aligned to Modi who is a raving nationalist full of hatred of others (see the story about the new temple built in a demolished mosque), wrong caste to appeal to most British Indians, protecting his family business interests is more
Important than running a country.

Anonymous said...

Well, that's red and yellow tories fucked too..... however long it takes.

I'm delighted to say.

Anonymous said...

Mention of Blair and Brown reminds me of a mug my nephew bought me for Christmas some years ago: "Labour. I preferred their earlier work."

Anonymous said...

Wonderful seeing Kuentssberg's crooked mouth going every whichways as she tries to wheedle, whine and lie her propaganda way out of this one. Makeup a centimetre thick to hide the eye bags, but nothing can be done with the receding hair line.

Robinson's tory croaks getting more desperate and fatuous too.

Not that any of it makes much if any difference to the urfascist future of Airstrip One.

Burlington Bertie from Bow said...

Ah, K-berg and Fffffiona. Two more examples of 'the BBC's long-established left-wing bias'.

Wait til 'Sir ' Robbie Gibb hears about them!

Anonymous said...

I predict that when the Tories get a kicking in the GE Question Time quietly drops the “audience reflects votes” nonsense and finds another way to stuff it with Tories.

Ed Balls said...

Again Bertie, you've read it wrong and are doubling nay tripling, down.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 19:56 - I doubt "Question Time" will exist after 2027, once the Government has made the BBC subscription-only when the Charter runs out.

Anonymous said...

Not surprising really. Your last comment on the other thread was unintelligible (except for the ‘it is what it is’ bit) which, as always, is at once undeniable and utterly meaningless.

Ed Balls said...

Jiminy jinnigers anonymous, kick a man when he is down.

Would have thought i made a perfectly easy to understand point, but I'll try and dumb it down a bit in future for you.

Anonymous said...

Small beer that, Tim.

Meanwhile, "Blood soaked" Bliar shuffled onto Radio 4 with "Messenger Boy" Hague in yet another a red/blue tory attack on the NHS. The usual gutless shite about "reform", meaning more profiteering privatisation - usually by Yank blood suckers.

Watch for more follow up propaganda by "tenth rate creep bought-and-paid-for" Streeting and the Starmer Quisling.

Burlington Bertie from Bow said...

Don't put yourself out, EB. Nothing to worry about.
As long as *you* know what you're attempting to say that's all that matters.

Anonymous said...

Bertie must have forgotten to change his name.