In a video released just now on social media, Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, has responded to days of coverage in the Tory-supporting, billionaire tax dodger-owned press about their laughable – and defamatory – claims of a Cold War era spy and serial fantasist Jan Sarkocy:
In the film, Corbyn says Sarkocy’s absurd claims and the support of the Tory press for them are easy to laugh at but something more serious is happening. He says billionaire tax exile media barons are “worried” by the “prospect of a Labour government” which “will stand up to the powerful and corrupt – and take the side of the many, not the few.”
Corbyn tells viewers:
In the last few days, The Sun, The Mail, The Telegraph and The Express have all gone a little bit James Bond.
They’ve found a former Czechoslovakian spy whose claims are increasingly wild and entirely false.
He seems to believe I kept him informed about what Margaret Thatcher had for breakfast and says he was responsible for either Live Aid or the Mandela Concert – or maybe both.
It’s easy to laugh, but something more serious is happening. Publishing these ridiculous smears that have been refuted by Czech officials shows just how worried the media bosses are by the prospect of a Labour government.
They’re right to be. Labour will stand up to the powerful and corrupt – and take the side of the many, not the few.
A free press is essential for democracy and we don’t want to close it down, we want to open it up. At the moment, much of our press isn’t very free at all. In fact it’s controlled by billionaire tax exiles, who are determined to dodge paying their fair share for our vital public services.
The General Election showed the media barons are losing their influence and social media means their bad old habits are becoming less and less relevant.
But instead of learning these lessons they’re continuing to resort to lies and smears. Their readers – you, all of us – deserve so much better. “Well, we’ve got news for them: change is coming.
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