My son Jake asked me yesterday:”What is it with the Guardian’s existential insecurity and deep political cognitive dissonance? (Yep, he’s a philosophy student). He said “they’re all over the place. What’s that about?” He said that he expected the unintelligible mob-mouthing from the headlines of the right wing rags such as the Express and Sun, but felt the disease has spread to what he had previously considered the “reasonably reasonable media.”
He commented that even the Guardian and Independent have now succumbed to bouts of “febrile tutting, compulsive McCarthyist curtain twitching, spasmodic sneering and barnyard braying” at HM’s leader of the opposition The “mass hysteria, he says, has become a “shape-shifting reactionist wreck of contradiction, screeching mob mentality headlines, demanding ever- impossible, unreasonable standards of just one politician: Jeremy Corbyn.”
He thought I should gather together evidence of contradictions to highlight his point, but found someone had already done an outstanding job of that.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Colin Millar’s extraordinary gallery of empirical evidence.
And yes, Jake’s observations are absolutely right.
There is a possibility Jeremy Corbyn will be Prime Minister of the UK by the end of next week. There is no better time to highlight how, no matter what Corbyn does or whatever position he takes, his critics will attack him – even if they totally contradict themselves (thread).
Corbyn opposes the exploitation of foreign sweatshop-workers – Labour MPs compare him to Nigel Farage:
Jeremy Corbyn compared to Nigel Farage after vow to curb foreign workers Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of echoing Nigel Farage after vowing to curb foreign workers, in extraordinary criticism from senior Scottish Labour colleagues.
Corbyn defends migrants. Labour MPs criticise him for not listening to public’s immigration concerns:
Corbyn’s defence of immigration splits shadow cabinetLabour leader promises ‘migrant impact fund’ but will not aim to cut immigration, while shadow ministers want control
Corbyn is wrong to prioritise the Labour party over the public (The Observer):
The Observer view on the Labour leadership election | Observer editorial The party will be a lost cause unless there is compromise and conciliation
Corbyn is wrong to prioritise the public over the Labour party (The Observer):
Does the working class need to ask for its Labour Party back? The more working class voters there were in a constituency in 2017, the more it tended to swing to the Tories
Corbyn doesn’t appeal enough to the middle class:
One thing is clear – Jeremy Corbyn has no understanding of the British people. The Labour leader’s sub-Marxist drivel assumes the whole country is like his own constituency. But middle-class voters don’t need his brand of ‘help’
(John Rentoul): independent.co.uk/voices/jeremy-…
Corbyn is anti-capitalist and spends too much time criticising companies who pay low wages (John Rentoul):
Astonishing. McDonald’s a decent co making good food that most voters enjoy, & Labour says no http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/politics/7081614/Jeremy-Corbyn-and-cronies-snub-McDonalds-from-Labour-conference.html …
Latest News headlines, exclusives and opinion | The Sun
Corbyn’s problem? He is too radical (‘Communism’ added to URL, when not relevant to story) – Andrew Rawnsley:
Why Labour is gravitating towards the Conservatives’ dream candidate | Andrew Rawnsley. Jeremy Corbyn is surging in the leadership contest on a leftward tide in the membership of the party
Corbyn’s problem? He isn’t radical enough – Andrew Rawnsley:
The really scary thing about Corbyn? He’s not radical at all | Andrew Rawnsley If Labour had any respect for its own history, it would have a better idea about how elections are won.
Corbyn’s problem? He’s both too centrist. He’s also too much of a fringe figure. Both are argued in the same piece by Tom Peck:
Opinion: Jeremy Corbyn is finally shifting toward the centre ground, though he may have set off too late
Corbyn’s problem? He is too elitist:
You’re losing the working class, Comrade Corbyn.What is the Labour Party for? The clue is in the name: it was set up to represent the interests of working-class men
Jeremy Corbyn is too nostalgic, argues John Harris:
Where’s Jeremy Corbyn? Lost in a rose-tinted vision of Labour’s past | John Harris Labour must stop talking in terms of 1945 and all that, and engage with today’s big issue – Brexit, says the Guardian columnist John Harris
Corbyn is too similar to Trump, says James O’Brien:
The centre cannot hold – TLS James O’Brien on what party conference season tells us about the state of British politics
Corbyn is not like Trump, says James O’Brien:
I’m no fan but it’s really, really not. Trump attacks the ones telling the truth; Corbyn attacks the ones peddling racist lies. https://twitter.com/montie/status/1044916199761616896 …
Hard to tell the difference between Trump and Corbyn in their constant attacks on the free press
Corbyn is even worse than Trump, says James O’Brien:
‘Anti-Semitism row is allowing Corbyn to hide from the media’ Anti-Semitism is to Corbynites what fake news is to Trump, says guest columnist James O’Brien
Jeremy Corbyn is simply too principled:
Jeremy Corbyn is a sellout who isn’t principled at all:
The Brexit hypocrites: from Farage’s EU pension to sellout Corbyn | Hannah Jane Parkinson Some prominent leavers are betraying supporters, moving abroad, protecting assets or taking EU funds, says the Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson
Stop flattering Corbynistas | Coffee House Stop flattering Corbynistas on Coffee House | Dear right-wing people, please stop the red scares. Please give the Cold War lingo a rest.
Jeremy Corbyn’s chance of power should terrify everyone (Brendan O’Neill):
The terror of Corbynism | Coffee HouseThe terror of Corbynism on Coffee House | This week, the Corbynistas bared their teeth. They gave us an insight into the mob-like authoritarianism that lurks
Jeremy Corbyn is a snowflake who is too sensitive (Brendan O’Neill):
Jeremy Corbyn is too insensitive (Brendan O’Neill):
The ‘Gammon’ insult is typical of Corbynista intolerance | Coffee HouseImagine referring to a whole section of society as meat. As mere flesh, bereft of sentience. It used to be hardcore racists who did that, to black people
Corbyn is a threat to life as we know it (Brendan O’Neill):
“This week we have had a chilling insight into Corbyn’s authoritarianism. For a politician to make open threats against the press is deeply disturbing. He cares nothing for free speech or press freedom.”
Brendan O’Neill on the Corbynista threat to liberty
No, Jeremy Corbyn is not a threat to life as we know it. The anti-Corbyn politics of fear demeans the demos
Jeremy Corbyn is NOT a communist (Brendan O’Neill):
They are not communists, you idiots Calm down, right-wingers: Corbynistas are squarer than you think.
Jeremy Corbyn IS a communist (Brendan O’Neill):
“There’s a great irony to the Czech spy story: Corbyn insists he wasn’t involved with the Stalinists and yet he has responded in a quite Stalinist way to this story.”
Brendan O’Neill on Sky
Jeremy Corbyn has no interest in power (Nick Cohen):
Corbyn’s cranks aren’t interested in power | Coffee HouseCorbyn’s cranks aren’t interested in power on Coffee House | It ought to be a statement of the obvious that Labour is fighting a civil war between…
Jeremy Corbyn is too interested in power (Nick Cohen):
How Jeremy Corbyn’s Coup Hijacked Labour | Nick Cohen | StandpointTony Blair has discredited Blairism, enabling a far-left ideologue to gain control of the party despite his grotesque worldview
The danger of Jeremy Corbyn is that he is totally unelectable (Nick Cohen):
The danger of Jeremy Corbyn is that he is too electable (Nick Cohen):
Failure to confront Britain’s political ultras has cost us dear | Nick Cohen Labour and the Tories were both unprepared for the opportunists and nationalists who were preparing to wreck our prosperity
But conversely, Nick Cohen also believes Corbyn isn’t radically left-wing enough:
What Labour needs now is a takeover by real left-wing radicals | The Spectator
To say that the Labour party is in crisis because it is ‘too left-wing’ is to miss the point spectacularly. With eyes wide open, and all democratic…
Dan Hodges now, saying Corbyn is too keen for Brexit:
The reason Corbyn is adopting a more aggressively pro-Brexit stance is the same reason he’s aggressively rejecting the IHRA definition. He’s calculated he can take Labour Remainer votes for granted. They’ll sulk a bit, then say “but the food-banks”, and vote for him.
Before Hodges criticises Corbyn for not wanting Brexit at all:
Mitch Benn: Corbyn isn’t brave enough to change his mind on Brexit:
Corbyn doesn’t have the guts to allow his position on Brexit to be challenged and the membership don’t have the guts to make him.
Mitch Benn: Ok, Corbyn has changed his mind on Brexit – what a coward!
Mitch Benn: Has the penny finally dropped for Jeremy?
Corbyn was wrong not to oppose Theresa May’s Brexit plan (Philip Collins):
Corbyn was wrong not to support Theresa May’s Brexit Plan (Philip Collins):
Labour must stop trying to frustrate Brexit It will take a speechwriter of iron discipline to resist the metaphor of renaissance. When the prime minister describes the British position on the European ..
Peter Mandleson: By not opposing Tory Brexit, Corbyn is betraying the national interest:
Peter Mandelson slams Jeremy Corbyn and Keir Starmer for “not acting in the national interest” The Labour peer and former cabinet minister accuses his party leader and the shadow Brexit secretary of having “torpedoed Labour’s ability to oppose”.
Peter Mandleson: By opposing Tory Brexit, Corbyn is betraying the national interest:
Corbyn is wrong not to want a national election:
Jeremy Corbyn refuses to say 14 times in same interview if he wants a general election after Copeland by-election humiliationJ eremy Corbyn has failed to say 14 times if he wants to have a general election despite calling for one last year.
Jeremy Corbyn is rushing to embrace Labour’s annihilation | Polly Toynbee
The shockingly inept opposition leader will preside over catastrophe for his party. Politics has rarely looked grimmer
Corbyn is set to lead Labour into electoral oblivion:
Veteran Labour MPs unite against left-wing candidate saying ‘Anyone But Corbyn
‘Civil war has broken out inside the party as grassroots support for Jeremy Corbyn grows, with heavyweights warning it risks a repeat of its 1981 split
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