The latest anti-Corbyn media trick to watch out for

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Few on the left have any doubt that the Establishment – whether in Westminster or in the media – will try every trick in the book to try to check the ‘Corbyn surge’ that rocked the Tories in the General Election, deprived them of their majority in the Commons and has put Labour ahead in polling since.

In June, just after the General Election, the SKWAWKBOX pointed out six ‘desperation tactics’ that a reeling Labour right was planning to use in order to try to tarnish Corbyn’s popularity – and all of them subsequently made an appearance. Some of them continue to be used.

Similarly, the UK’s Establishment media are attempting their own trick to try to take the wind out of Labour’s sails.

After every party conference for years, polling companies have published new polling based on data gathered after the leader’s speech. Unless there has been a disaster at the conference, the mere additional exposure offered by coverage of the speech usually means that this polling reflects a ‘bounce‘ – an increase in polling.

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech to close a spectacularly successful Labour conference was widely considered a triumph in spite of attempts by the right-wing press to denigrate it – but no polling headlines have featured in the media.

Polling based on data collected before the Conference already showed a Labour gain:

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But no national polling after.

A poll of London voting intention showed Labour with the largest lead YouGov has ever given Labour in the capital:

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This might mean as much as 48% for Labour nationwide – but no polling has been published to confirm it.

The Tory conference closes tomorrow – and it’s a safe bet that the media will publish polls after Theresa May’s speech which may show a Tory bounce of around 2%.

They will then obfuscate – omitting from analysis the fact that the bounce is a temporary effect of the media’s own positive coverage of Theresa May’s speech.

This will be designed to allow Corbyn’s internal opponents to risk being a little less quiet – which will allow the press to churn out a round of anti-Corbyn articles.. This in turn is designed to let the Tories claim that they came out of conference strongly – which will be an unmitigated lie.

The truth will be that the media reported no post-Conference polling boost for Labour, but will have published a post-conference bounce for the Tories – a completely skewed and biased depiction.

This appears to be the first year in living memory in which a poll has not been published two or three days after a Labour leader’s speech. And the motive, transparently, will be to mislead voters in the hope of disguising and therefore stemming Labour’s continuing ‘surge’ under Corbyn.

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13 responses to “The latest anti-Corbyn media trick to watch out for

  1. Never underestimate the dirty tricks of the Blairites, they’re fuming at Jeremy’s success and his highly successful conference.

    What baffles me is how McNichol stays in his job?

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  3. I HAVE MY HEAD IN THE BUCKET!
    MAY IS GIVING HERE SPEACH IN THE BACKGROUND!
    HOW SHE SPEWS OUT THE CRAP OF HER TORY AGENDA TO THE CONVERTED!
    THE LIES AND SPIN, YOU WOULD THINK SHE WAS THE UPHOLDER OF THE TRUTH!
    CLAIMING THE TORIES ARE THE LEADERS OF DEMOCRACY AND JUSTICE!
    HER PARTY IN DISARRAY, BJ, STILL IN HIS JOB AS THE JOKER OF THE TORY PARTY!
    SHE’S TOO FRIGHTENED OF DISCIPLINE TO FRIGHTENED OF THE TRUTH!
    A PROTESTER JUST HANDED HER P45!
    SHE TALKS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AS A DETERRENT, TELL THAT TO NORTH KOREA!
    BRING ON THE CLOWNS!
    SHE SHOULD HAVE A BIG RED NOSE AND TOY HORN!

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  4. Spot on.

    Voter polling is a fully integrated wing of the UK media Establishment, and, to the extent that they can maintain at least a gossamer of deniability, they frame, spin and pedal for all they’re worth in support of corporate-friendly narratives (i.e. anti-Corbyn, pro-Tory/’-Moderate’, as things stand).

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  5. Try as they might, it’s sites like this – telling it how it REALLY is – that are putting people right. Even people I know with ‘conservative’ attitudes are gradually becoming wiser by the day.

    We’ll have a decent, accountable government soon enough. The caveat is how much of a ‘scorched earth’ policy these current rats will implement when they finally realise their number’s up, Although, that said, they’re making a decent fist of it already, and have been since 2010.

    I’m just wondering what the policy/event’ll be that sets the ball rolling.

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  6. Meanwhile the Chancellor Phillip Hammond recently attended a £400 a head dinner with industry leaders and openly asked in effect that they abandon their fiduciary duty of political neutrality to their shareholders by coming out in favour of the Conservative and Unionist Party to ” combat this menace” – is a potential Labour Government under Corbyn.

    As Paul Mason observes, if this is what is being openly said in public what is being said behind closed doors to the likes of MI5 or GCHQ et al?

    This is reminiscent of the kind of Colonel Blimp plotting which was taking place in the 1970’s by certain establishment figures, including military, against the Wilson Labour Government. Which was, no doubt the inspiration for Chris Mullins’s “A very British Columbia.

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    • Corrections.

      1. i.e a potential Labour Government under Corbyn.
      2.”A very British Coup.”

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  7. Did anyone else think that media coverage of Labour dropped, markedly, as soon as Conference came to an end? Labour just seemed to fall right off the front pages of the BBC News / Guardian websites after Sept 27th.

    Along with the absence of news featuring the expected, positive polling figures for Labour, it seemed that the media wasn’t eager to feature positive news on Labour in general.

    Similarly, scheduling decisions at the BBC meant that the Leader’s speech to Conference received limited coverage. There was time for several smear stories on a familiar theme to make their mark, and then Conference ended- with ‘No news’ rather than ‘Good news’ looking like unofficial policy.

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