Labour’s policy commitment not to raise tax or national insurance for anyone earning less than £80,000 a year seems to have the Tory party seriously worried. Here’s McDonnell announcing it:
“No income tax rises for those earning less than £80,000.”
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) May 7, 2017
Very seriously worried, to judge by the response of their HQ’s press team – who felt they had to issue completely made-up fake news on Sunday morning to try to combat it:
The Tories have absolutely no evidence for any of it – because there is none. The idea that £80k will become £20k is absolutely baseless and Corbyn has never given any indication of wanting to raise the basic rate of tax. paid by low and middle earners.
Unlike the Tories, who have consistently refused to rule out tax rises as well as pension cuts, even when asked directly, Labour’s commitment is firm and straightforward – and means exactly what it says.
It’s not the first time – just a couple of weeks ago, a Tory information officer spread a photoshopped picture to give the impression that Corbyn was being rejected by voters he met when the opposite was the case.
Of course, the Tory party aren’t the only ones to resort to desperate tactics to try to counteract Labour’s masterstroke. The right-wing press plumbed some pretty silly depths too:
Yes, those poor blighters on £80,000 or more must really be feeling the pinch.
Jeremy Corbyn’s office were quick to pour scorn on the Tories’ fake news in unequivocal terms:
Utter nonsense. Not only is Theresa May running scared of debating Jeremy Corbyn on TV, the Conservatives are now retreating from reality. https://t.co/lL2iq7mGBz
— Labour Leader Media (@LOTOcomms) May 7, 2017
Other social media users were similarly contemptuous:
They really do churn out some utterly preposterous bullshit. If you really believe this you deserve everything they have in store for you. https://t.co/dHsvUjFr4v
— Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) May 7, 2017
Can't we remind people that the CCHQ objection is to taxing those on £80k+ as the Tories will be happily hammering those on less than that
— Paul Cundell (@Cundell) May 7, 2017
While at least some made a very serious point:
Source? Or just #FakeNews ?
— Nick Downes (@Downesie147) May 7, 2017
Panicking so badly over a single policy announcement that they just invent something out of thin air – outright fake news – you’d almost think the Tories know something we’re not hearing from the Establishment media about Labour’s real election chances and the public reception for the party’s policies and leadership.
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