The Guido Fawkes blog is rather keen on flinging around accusations of ‘fake news’. However, rather like a monkey flinging its own droppings, Fawkes is usually the source , readily stooping to deliberate misinterpretation to smear.
The SKWAWKBOX has been the target on more than one occasion, with Fawkes ignoring what’s actually written in its eagerness to accuse – but then, it’s already shown more than a little envy of this blog’s recent profile, so the motivations are not exactly opaque.
Today, the target was Jeremy Corbyn – and the fake-news cack was an accusation that Corbyn failed to bow to the Queen during the ceremony for today’s ‘Queen’s Speech’ opening of Parliament:
It’s true that Corbyn didn’t bow. It’s wholesale fake news to claim he ‘refused’.
As the Huffington Post observed, Corbyn followed exactly the protocol he was supposed to – and Theresa May got it wrong:
As the Huffington observed,
The correct protocol is that the Speaker and Black Rod bow on behalf of the whole of the House
Neither May nor Corbyn were supposed to bow. A clearly nervous May fluffed her part.
And Guido opted for fake news – again. Just to eliminate all doubt, below is the relevant footage from the 2016 Queen’s Speech:
As can be clearly seen, the Speaker and the other ceremonial officials bow. MPs – including the PM and the Leader of the Opposition – do not.
The Tories – including the Fawkes team – are desperate to undermine Corbyn’s strength and popularity – so desperate that they’ll sink to shameless, demonstrably-fake news in the attempt.
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