As the SKWAWKBOX showed last night, if the Tories ever had any qualms about creating and spreading fake news, the growing panic in CCHQ about the popularity – and even media welcome – for Labour’s manifesto vaporised them in an instant.
Philip Hammond has been called out – in person – by John Humphrys of Radio 4 for claiming Labour’s spending plans don’t balance (they do) when the Tories calculate their spending in exactly the same way – and that they’d borrow to fund their plans. Here’s Hammond admitting it explicitly after Humphrys challenges him:
Similarly, while some other BBC ‘journalists’ were content to parrot Tory propaganda, Sky’s analysts agreed that Labour’s spending plans were fully costed – and Sky News hosts were ready to say so forcefully.
But that hasn’t stopped Hammond from propagating the lie.
The SKWAWKBOX has obtained a copy of an email sent out today by Philip Hammond to subscribers to the Tories’ mailing list – in which he repeats his proven lie as if it were fact:
Three repetitions of something Hammond knows full well is a lie – and to cap it all off, he has the nerve to smear Corbyn for ‘not adding up properly’ when he’s already admitted many hours earlier (the timestamp on the email is hours behind British Summer Time) on national that he and his party would do exactly the same.
Humphrys called it right when he accused Hammond of repeating a baseless ‘mantra’. The Tories are the party of smoke, mirrors and outright lies – and are all too happy to make fools of anyone naïve enough to trust them.
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