As the scorn and mock outrage poured on Jeremy Corbyn this week for insisting on a lawful, evidence-based approach to Britain’s response to the Salisbury nerve-agent attack starts to ebb, there are signs of encroaching panic among the Establishment.
After all, it’s clear from the unseemly mob behaviour that those who want to return to the bad old days of near indistinguishable main political parties thought they saw an opportunity in the Salisbury horror to smear Corbyn’s statesmanlike, measured demeanour – if only they bayed loudly enough.
And if they can’t make that stick, what have they got left?
Jeremy Corbyn has a point… when he wrote in yesterday’s Guardian and reiterated later that the Government was ‘rushing way ahead of the evidence’ in condemning Russia for the attack on Sergei Skripal
Melanie McDonough, Coffee House
The cracks started to appear when the Guardian and Independent – no great friends of Corbyn – started to treat his approach as credible and even preferable. But they widened to chasms when right-wing commentators such as Peter Hitchens and The Spectator’s Coffee House started to salute the wisdom of his stance:
Corbyn yet again on the right side of a major issue, according to the more sensible right–wing journalists and commentators – including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s own sister, journalist Rachel Johnson:
Even the BBC News channel, after at first parroting May’s ‘no credible alternative‘ line as common-sense fact, has started to reframe its narrative to reflect that Corbyn was right – and has forced yet another change in the political landscape:
The signs of panic among the rest have been seen in an emerging eagerness among the unsavoury ‘outriders’ of the Establishment to start trying to create a narrative of ‘conspiracy theorist’ behaviour among the ‘new left media’ (NLM) – even if that just requires inventing claims out of thin air.
Some of the smears and sources will not be repeated here, as we have no wish to give oxygen to some of the vile, fabricated dross that have characterised some of these ‘fake news’ attempts.
But one that does bear mentioning is an email received by the SKWAWKBOX this evening from Murdoch rag The S*n, in the form of a press enquiry. It said:
We’re publishing a story on the alternative media sharing conspiracy theories about the poisoning of Sergei Skripal. Skwawkbox is included because of articles such as https://skwawkbox.org/2018/03/14/video-corbyn-the-anti-establishment-statesman-as-may-moderates-rush-to-judgment-over-salisbury/ in which you suggest the UK could be the source of the nerve agent involved. Do you have any comment?
The article linked in the enquiry, of course, makes no such suggestion. It merely mentions that Porton Down and facilities across the EU are said to have samples of Novichoks and that these samples may contain ‘signature markers’ to allow the samples to be told apart from one another.
We responded to the enquiry accordingly:
See below for use in full:
“The Skwawkbox article makes no such suggestion. The Sun appears to be forsaking basic reading comprehension for the sake of whatever agenda it is pursuing.”
It’s not known which other ‘alternative media’ the S*n was referring to and therefore cannot comment on what they did or didn’t say. But the S*n and at least two others are either planning or have already run similar articles.
This appears to reflect a certain desperation to keep the smear going against Corbyn – in this case vicariously via media sympathetic to him – even though opinion is starting to swing behind him. Again.
If you can’t make the ‘disloyalty’ smear stick – because everyone is starting to realise he was right – then smearing the left media for supposedly claiming the UK might have committed the attack or for wild conspiracy theories about other countries appears to be considered the next best thing.
Even if you have pretend those claims and theories are there when they’re not.
The SKWAWKBOX needs your support. This blog is provided free of charge but depends on the generosity of its readers to be viable. If you can afford to, please click here to arrange a one-off or modest monthly donation via PayPal. Thanks for your solidarity so this blog can keep bringing you information the Establishment would prefer you not to know about.
If you wish to reblog this post for non-commercial use, you are welcome to do so – see here for more.