Video: Guido fake news (again) on Corbyn’s #QueensSpeech bow

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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:

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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:

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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.

And they’ll absolutely hate it if you share this post.

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  1. ‘Gordo’ fawkes….fawking it up again. Par for the course.

    Not that he’s ever gonna be in a position to bow before ‘Brenda’. 🙂

  2. “A clearly nervous May fluffed her part.”


    Worst thing is, it’s protocol. It’s rehearsed – and she STILL bollocksed her lines… *facepalms*

    How many more times? Enough for a no-confidence vote, I hope 🙂

  3. The Metro: “According to leading etiquette authority Debrett’s, It is customary for all members of the House of Commons to bow to The Queen at the Bar of the House of Lords before she makes her speech at the State Opening of Parliament. http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/21/jeremy-corbyn-refuses-to-bow-to-the-queen-before-speech-6724733/#ixzz4keQ2byXp

    The Torygraph: “Parliamentary officials have confirmed that Jeremy Corbyn did not breach protocol by remaining upright while Theresa May bowed in front of the Queen at the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords. A Lords’ spokesman said the only people required to bow were House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, Commons Clerk David Natzler, senior Lords official Black Rod and the Serjeant at Arms Kamal El-Hajji.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/21/bow-row-jeremy-corbyn-didnt-bow-queen-theresa-may-did-right/?WT.mc_id=tmgoff_fb_tmg


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