On Sunday the SKWAWKBOX flagged six ‘desperation tactics’ that Labour insiders expect to be used by right-wing Labour – and Tory – agitators to try to retake control of the narrative amid their panic at Jeremy Corbyn’s newly-recognised stature and soaring popularity.
It didn’t take long for the predictions to start to materialise. Number two of the six reads:
2) Engineer a foreign policy division
Sure enough, Politics Home editor Kevin Schofield tweeted:
As the SKWAWKBOX pointed out to Mr Schofield, his description of the conversation doesn’t match what Corbyn actually said.
The Metro is running the same – false – line on its Monday front page:
‘As soon as I can’ doesn’t mean anything – except that Corbyn would like to do it, which we all know. It doesn’t mean ‘a priority’. As soon as Corbyn can achieve it might be ten, twenty years from now – or never.
But it’s presented as if it means something more concrete – and couched so that some reading loosely might think he intends to do it by Christmas or, in the case of Metro, that it’s going to be right at the top of his to-do list. Which is not the same as ‘as soon as I can’.
Which is not what the reported conversation says – but you can be confident that the incorrect description of the conversation will be treated as convenient fact by those looking to ‘engineer a foreign policy division‘ – for the sake of their own ends and career, of course.
Wonder which item on the list will be the next to happen? Perhaps it’s happening right now.
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