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Why a Murdoch paper attacks Corbyn

04 July, 2019

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

• IN the continuing vicious attack on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, Rupert Murdoch’s Times newspaper published an editorial calling on Labour MPs, “for their own sakes and for the sake of the country” to remove Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party.

In the same issue The Times reported that unnamed top civil servants had said that the Labour leader “was physically and mentally unfit for office and doesn’t have a firm grasp of either domestic or foreign policy”.

Jon Trickett, Labour’s shadow cabinet office minister, is quite right; this is an “undemocratic, unconstitutional, public intervention… based on a falsehood”.

But The Times editorial also set out the real reason for this lie and attempts to undermine and destabilise the Labour Party. The Murdoch press tells us that Jeremy Corbyn’s “hard left agenda poses a grave threat to Britain’s economy and security.

His plans to rack up tens of billions of pounds of extra debt on nationalisations and massive increases in public spending, combined with punitive rises in taxation, would drive away investment and undermine confidence in the pound”.

It’s the same old story! Murdoch and his ilk will go to any lengths to turn people against the Labour Party manifesto: “for the many, not the few”!

But policies that The Times describes as “hard left” are simply policies agreed by the Labour Party conference in a process of widespread research, consultation, discussion and debate based on democratic and human rights to enhance and secure the lives and future of ordinary people, young and old, both in this country and in countries racked by war, not the policies favoured by Murdoch to enrich the bankers, the big corporations, the private equity sharks and the big landlords.

DOT GIBSON
Labour Party member
Highbury East ward

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