Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The lying game

And so the right-wing media's campaign to smear Jeremy Corbyn's name continues apace. This time his crime is to have appeared insufficiently solemn and respectful at the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph, the Sun's headline implying (untruthfully) that the Labour leader refused to bow. It's bizarre to see him criticised as a pacifist in the same breath - surely there's no better way to pay tribute to the war dead than by working to ensure such sacrifices are not required or demanded in the future?

Still, it's not hard to see why the Tory press are inclined to print this kind of nonsense - the party they endorse are equally fond of being economical with the truth. Take Amber Rudd, for instance, who it emerges wasn't entirely honest when declaring that cuts to subsidies for renewable energy would have no impact on meeting targets. No surprise there, really - either that the targets are going to be missed or that a senior Tory thinks nothing of lying through her teeth.

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