Yet again the Tories, rather than sitting pretty on supposedly solid polling leads, are showing signs of worry verging on panic. Today’s official launch of Labour’s manifesto – fully costed and bolder than any political offering in the UK in a lifetime – has had them scrambling for their fake-news generator in a bid to sneer at the Labour document that, frankly, smells desperate.
The Conservatives have already sunk to outright fake news on more than one occasion in this General Election campaign – but today they seemed to be suffering Breitbart-diarrhoea, with one after another fact-free tweet emerging from CCHQ in a flailing attempt to counter the ‘buzz’ around the Labour policy package, which is receiving far higher levels of attention than would normally be expected.
Even the BBC’s Norman Smith, not known for talking up Labour’s plans or prospects, called it,
the most radical Labour manifesto we have seen for many years – it’s not just a halt to austerity, but reversing austerity.
Clearly the Tories can’t allow this kind of talk to go unchallenged – but their cupboard is bare. What few policies they have are either unfunded (in stark contrast to Labour’s complete, 100%-costed manifesto) or else involve taking existing money away from something else already on the verge of collapse.
So they went to their fake-news sausage machine and churned out these – embarrasing – ‘beauties’. First, a peperoni of poppycock:
This was rumbled humiliatingly quickly by Twitter users, such as Katie:
Katie is still waiting. Which is no surprise, as neither Corbyn nor Labour have the slightest intention of doing any such thing.
Even more embarrassingly, this came less than 48 hours after Tory Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was exposed as a hopeless blowhard by none other than Tory-friendly Andrew Marr on national BBC television. Marr pointed out that the Tories’ promise not to let the armed forces fall below 80,000 had already been broken – and when Marr asked Fallon how he was going to pay for the billions of pounds in extra defence spending he had just promised, Fallon looked like a rabbit in the headlights and stammered ‘Er, from economic growth’.
There are rumours that the BBC is still trying to get the stain out of Marr’s sofa.
Then came this rat’s turd saucisse:
Well, the bad news (for the Tories, great news for the rest of us) is that every single item in the manifesto was costed and balanced:
Labour manifesto costings in full: spend £48.6bn a year and raise £48.6bn a year. Beautiful symmetry pic.twitter.com/3PfgoBq16a
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) May 16, 2017
Splurgh, and there was a bollocks-based bratwurst:
Labour has made a firm commitment that people earning under £80,000 will not pay a penny in extra taxes or National Insurance – and the party’s manifesto does not contain a single pound in funding from people earning below that threshold.
Plop, and out popped a salami of sh.. er nonsense:
Clearly the Tories – who have run up more debt and borrowing just since 2010 than every Labour government in history – combined – don’t quite understand the meaning of ‘fully costed’.
Next, the biggest fake news – the biggest outright lie – of all. A veritable haggis of hogwash:
Five pieces of blatant fake news in one day. The Tories are being pushed to desperate lengths indeed and have written the ‘CON’ in Conservative in huge, neon letters.
Wonder what they know that the mainstream media are not telling us?
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