Agent Cob’s speech yesterday contained nothing new, even the reference to a form of customs union, it being a regurgitation of the 2017 Manifesto. There was no mention of ‘a customs union’ in that but that was clearly the intent as expressed in this passage….
…fresh negotiating priorities that have a strong emphasis on retaining the benefits of the Single Market and the Customs Union.
So why the big show, the big relaunch, why now? Timing is everything with a vote on membership of the customs union coming up in the near future. The BBC’s political analysts were for some reason dodging the real reason for Corbyn’s grand pronouncement…though the website does note it….
Could the government fall?
Jeremy Corbyn refused to be drawn on whether his policy shift was an attempt to remove Theresa May from office and force a general election.
You might think that such a cynical political manoeuvre aimed at toppling the government and putting Corbyn into No10 would be the hot topic for BBC journo’s who love a bit of intrigue and yet not so much. The BBC’s Iain Watson, who actually wrote the above quote which is buried well down the article rather than headlining as it should, didn’t come up with that analysis after the speech on 5Live…his take then was that this was Corbyn positioning himself so that when a vote came on Brexit he could vote against it because, if it had no customs union he could say it did not meet his terms. Then we have Laura Kuenssberg telling us ‘What Corbyn’s Brexit speech means’ but she makes nothing of the biggest story other than to suggest a union between Tory Remainers and Corbyn could ‘damage the government’….no excited examinations of the seismic shift in the political landscape that this ploy of Corbyn’s might suggest? How different when Boris says anything…Kuenssberg goes full-on conspiracy theory mode and reports vigorously and with certainty that he is lining himself up for a leadership bid….despite later admitting she got her info from ‘vicious Westminster gossip’ sources [ie anti-Boris, pro-EU]. If the Soubry’s of this world did betray Party and country and vote with Corbyn it could well end up with him in power….not something that is newsworthy? Not newsworthy that Corbyn’s scheming has little to do with Brexit but more to do with his own self-interest of getting into power?
Kuenssberg and Watson seem both to have decided eventually that the real story is that Corbyn knows the EU will not agree to ‘a customs union’ [pretty obvious] and thus is really about more fence sitting and keeping the two sides of his party together….giving Labour a clear dividing line between it and the Tories on Brexit.
No…It’s a cynical power-grab, plain and simple. Corbyn is as bent as all the other politicians despite his constant refrains about morality and ethics and a new form of kinder, gentler, more honest politics. Maybe the BBC should one day admit their new hero has feet of clay.
Then again we know that won’t happen…remember how they refused to investigate the claims that Corbyn was in close contact with Czech spies and when they did get around to the story did so only to try and trash it. How different when a Tory MP apologised for saying Corbyn had been paid to spy….as Douglas Murray points out…
The story about Jeremy Corbyn’s contacts with a member of Czech intelligence in the 1980s has not been treated with great seriousness by our national broadcaster. At first the BBC deigned not to run the story. Then they treated it like some kind of joke. For instance, given a chance to question Corbyn over his past record the BBC journalist Steph McGovern last week bowled Corbyn the humorous soft-ball ‘A final question: are you a Czech spy?’ A question which gave much opportunity for laughter and a firm ‘No’ from Corbyn.
The BBC’s minimal attempts to cover the story, or treat it seriously, are one matter – and one which I would not normally bother to note. But then over recent days they suddenly went huge on the story – running it on rolling news bulletins as well as the website. The aspect of the story that the BBC suddenly went huge on was the apology from Conservative MP Ben Bradley.
Then there’s this BBC story about ‘Transgender model Munroe Bergdorf who has become an LGBT adviser to Labour.’
The BBC barely mentions the controversy that surrounds this appointment, previous extreme comments on social media, unlike its eagerness to print everything it could on Toby Young’s past indiscretions. The BBC downplays Bergdorf’s hate filled abuse suggesting it might all be made up…
Shortly afterwards the model wrote a lengthy Facebook post, which it’s claimed included the comment: “Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.
“Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour.
“Your entire existence is drenched in racism.”
That’s it, the sum total of the BBC’s revelations about her comments. The Mail tells us her comments were in fact far worse and wide-ranging in their targets attacking all white people, suffragettes and gay Tories….consider she is Labour’s ‘equalities advisor’…..and read on….
In a lengthy Facebook rant earlier this year, she wrote: ‘Honestly I don’t have energy to talk about the racial violence of white people any more. Yes ALL white people.
‘Because most of ya’ll don’t even realise or refuse to acknowledge that your existence, privilege and success as a race is built on the backs, blood and death of people of colour.
‘Your entire existence is drenched in racism. From micro-aggressions to terrorism, you guys built the blueprint for this s***.
‘Come see me when you realise that racism isn’t learned, it’s inherited and consciously or unconsciously passed down through privilege.
‘Once white people begin to admit that their race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on Earth… then we can talk.
‘Until then stay acting shocked about how the world continues to stay f***** at the hands of your ancestors and your heads that remain buried in the sand with hands over your ears.’
She also branded the suffragettes ‘white supremacists’ in a tweet posted earlier this month during the centenary celebrations of women’s right to vote.
She wrote: ‘FYI – The Suffragettes were white supremacists who were fighting for WHITE women’s rights – they specifically left black women out of the movement.
‘It is not 100 years since women got the vote it’s 100 years since WHITE women got the vote. Black women couldn’t vote until MUCH later.’
She has also attacked homosexual Conservatives, writing online: ‘Gay male Tories are a special kind of d**khead. It’s actually quite astonishing.’
Remarkable….at a time when the BBC has just been filling the airwaves with tales of heroic suffragettes the BBC fails to mention the hate speech against them….and why are gay Tories not on the BBC radar as victims of hate crime? The BBC has been relentless in its attacks on ‘social media’ for its alleged promotion of hate speech…and yet when it is a Corbyn acolyte we get radio silence.
Once again the BBC gives Corbyn and his cabal a free pass and all bad news is censored or shaped to his benefit.
Pretty sure much of the German Press in the 30’s probably gave Hitler similar positive coverage and censorship of negative news once they thought he was their saviour. Careful what you wish for…change is coming…Laura!