The Murdoch-owned Times yesterday published an article indicating that a number of worn-out ‘moderates’ may be planning a mass resignation in the misguided belief that their replacement by a more envisioned candidate aligned with the Labour vision that inspired 13 million voters (and rising rapidly, according to the latest polls) to support it.
However, in spite of claiming that the potential group of quitters consisted primarily of older MPs who had been considering retirement before Theresa May called a snap General Election, the paper opted for a picture of Wavertree MP Luciana Berger, who is distinctly not near-retirement age and has no intention of stepping down.
Presumably the Times was hoping to tie its article in readers’ minds to the manufactured controversy of the election of a mostly left ‘slate’ of candidates to the executive of Ms Berger’s local Labour party last week. Here are snapshots of their article header and their tweet publicising it:
Ms B was not at all impressed and tweeted to The Times to get her face off their article. Which they did.
The tweet was removed:
And this is how the Times article now looks:
What Tristram Hunt thinks about his image being used is not currently known.
Bravo Ms Berger. Her view of Labour politics and that of this blog may not be entirely aligned, but a win against the Murdoch press by a Labour MP is always to be welcomed and applauded.
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