After a couple of weeks of relentless attempts by the right-wing press – and senior Tories – to smear Jeremy Corbyn by association with a Czech ‘fantasist’ who was called a liar by the intelligence archive in his own country, a desperate Establishment may have been hoping to see a negative impact on Labour’s ‘voting intention’ polling.
In fact, this month’s polling numbers show a boost to Labour’s standing:
Even YouGov and Kantar – whose models are often the least generous to Labour – show an increase. One poll found that 6% of voters said they were more likely to vote for Corbyn specifically because of the smear.
The next voting-intention figures from Survation – the most accurate pollsters in last year’s General Election – will be very interesting indeed.
The Establishment and its media arm have succeeded primarily in exposing their bankruptcy of ideas – and will be tearing out their hair if even this desperate smear has not only been ineffective, but actually achieved the opposite of what they intended.
And after such a depth of desperation, where have they left themselves to go?
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