Corbyn speech has #MSM knickers twisted. He hasn’t even given it yet #GE17

Tomorrow, Jeremy Corbyn will give a speech that will mark the resumption of national campaigning in the General Election. It is reproduced in detail below.

But first, let’s look at the media reaction it has already engendered – because it has the mainstream media’s (MSM) knickers in an absolute twist long before the words have exited his lips.

The pre-released speech was ’embargoed’ until 10pm on Thursday night, meaning news outlets (including this blog) had it but couldn’t release it before then – this is standard practice on some press releases.

The Sun was trailing a major attack on Corbyn to be ‘revealed’ at 10pm, clearly driven by the embargo. But when it was published, it was a feeble attempt to smear him based on his record of resisting government attempts to limit our freedoms via bad anti-terror legislation, with a brief mention of his speech tomorrow at the end.

The Telegraph was slightly more reasoned, claiming that Corbyn risks being accused of politicising Monday’s tragedy in Manchester by referring to it in his speech on the first day that campaigning resumes:

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The BBC’s Nick Robinson took a similar line:

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The responses from Twitter users made very clear that they considered Corbyn’s view to have a lot more merit than Robinson’s. Can anyone seriously doubt that cuts to police and rushing into foreign military action increase our risk and vulnerability?

Nonetheless, BBC News’ roundup of tomorrow’s newspapers also kept pushing the same vapid viewpoint.

And of course, it’s all nonsense.

Tomorrow, campaigning resumes. Theresa May, as the SKWAWKBOX exclusively showed, was desperate to prolong the suspension as far as possible, in order to avoid restarting a campaign that was in desperate straits.

She tried – and failed – to extend the suspension until at least Monday. Corbyn’s flat refusal to allow terrorists – or May – to continue to disrupt this country’s democratic processes called her bluff and she folded.

The media are attempting to act as if this is not the case, but it’s absolutely clear that Theresa May does not get a free pass on her huge and foolish errors that increased the vulnerability of our country.

She cannot.

If Corbyn failed to hold May to account for her arrogance and foolishness, it would be a gross disservice to the victims of Monday’s atrocity and their relatives.

It would be a gross disservice to the police and emergency services that have suffered swingeing cuts under May as Home Secretary and then as PM – and whose loud, clear warnings to her were dismissed as ‘scaremongering’.

And it would be a gross disservice to us, the voting public, to pretend that Mrs May had not been grossly incompetent by ignoring it in his campaigning.

Corbyn has far too much honesty and integrity to let us all down like that. And strength.

After all, he warned her almost two years ago what would happen if she kept cutting.

No, the Tory media’s desperation to misrepresent Corbyn’s speech and paint it as tactless has nothing to do with reality.

It might, however, have quite a bit to do with the number thirty-eight:

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When the General Election was announced, YouGov – the same polling company – had Labour twenty-four percent behind the Tories. On Thursday night, they made it just five.

But remember, electoral expert John Curtice, three weeks ago, said that the local election results meant the Tories actually had 38% support, not the 48% most polling companies were giving them – their lead was seriously inflated in polling.

So the real picture could be a solid Labour lead.

Either way, it’s a radically different story to the mainstream media narrative – and cause, no doubt, for panic in some quarters.

Anyway, here’s the press release containing Corbyn’s speech, so you can see its wisdom and clarity for yourself:

Jeremy Corbyn: My commitment to our country

Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, in a speech delivered in Central London tomorrow, will say:


  1. Reblogged this on Sid's Blog and commented:
    “At home, Labour will reverse the cuts to our emergency services and police. Once again in Manchester, they have proved to be the best of us.
    “Austerity has to stop at the A&E ward and at the police station door. We cannot be protected and cared for on the cheap.

  2. Hey Skwawkbox,

    Absolutely delighted to read snippets of Corbyn’s speech and to hear common sense from a politician who also shows the people respect and decency. The people have waited for far too long for such a moment to arrive in history and I sincerely hope the people will recognise ‘goodness’ and vote accordingly.

    “But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people that fights rather than fuels terrorism.

    “We must be brave enough to admit the ‘war on terror’ is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.”

    I was curious to know the number of deaths that have been ‘attributed’ to both UK and USA foreign policy and came across these frightening statistics.

    Grand totals of deaths (both indirectly through political allegiance/support, or directly through boots on the ground involvement) by UK Government since World War 2, between: 8,174,605 and 14,103,255 – https://wikispooks.com/wiki/UK/Foreign_Policy/Deaths

    The U.S.A Has Killed More Than 20 Million People in 37 “Victim Nations” Since World War II – http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-has-killed-more-than-20-million-people-in-37-victim-nations-since-world-war-ii/5492051

    To put these figures into context….the UK population currently stands at about 65 million. Deaths attributed to foreign policy since World War 2 by these two nations alone account for 50% of the current UK population.

    ‘Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.’ Has it really taken 34 million deaths attributed to just two nations to arrive at this conclusion?

    When the Labour Party come to power in the UK in June, I implore them to set an agenda for World Peace and lead all nations out of the dark ages and onwards towards a better future…if not for us, then for our children and future generations. I applaud Corbyn’s words and believe he could be a great man but he needs to reach higher and far further if he is going to be successful.

    Thank you for the post. These are brave days indeed.

    Namaste 🙂


  3. Nick Robinson’s comment reeks of bias. Something the BBC should be above

  4. What a wonderful speech. Mr Corbyn focuses on the UK population’s basic needs.
    There has never been a single doubt in my mind that Blair’s decision to bomb Iraq in 2003, etc, was the catalyst for the immense resentment in the Middle Eastern countries. Blair should be held to account for this; he should be severely punished. #JC4PM

  5. What a smashing speech~ Let there be no letting up guys…I say this from the comparative comfort of my kitchen chair. You have my admiration for all your efforts….To all those out there rain or shine …..Let the people know in no uncertain terms that you’re fighting for all of us…..Theresa May wanted the position of P.M. and now she doesn’t know what to do with it….Jeremy does!….

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