A few days ago, just after Labour’s annual conference closed in Liverpool, the party put out a groundbreaking and hugely powerful ‘PPB’ (party political broadcast) that shook the whole ‘Westminster media bubble’ and caused even many of Labour’s opponents and critics to start talking in grudgingly glowing terms about ‘that video’.
Tory minister Liz Truss called the video ‘very good’ and described it as a ‘serious threat’ to the Tories. Tory sympathisers and Corbyn opponents in the media couldn’t help but talk about, with BBC Question Time, the BBC’s This Week and Newsnight (twice), LBC‘s James O’Brien, the Tory Spectator and the crypto-liberal New Statesman all featuring it prominently:
If there’s ever been a PPB that has caused even a quarter of the consternation among the Establishment that this one has, nobody appears able to think of it.
The video was made by filmmaker and Labour activist Simon Baker, one of the main driving forces behind the excellent output of the ‘@EL4JC’ Twitter account – and it seems that the rattled Establishment, unable to attack his excellent video, is trying to find an angle to go after him personally instead.
Today, Baker received an approach from the right-wing Daily Mail – and it very quickly became clear what tack the rag wanted to take:
Such a surprise to find a right-wing publication seeking to ‘play the man instead of the ball’. But even this threadbare innuendo doesn’t stand up to the most cursory challenge, as Baker pointed out in response:
Just as the desperate right-wing media tried to attack Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for talking to someone who did something years later, it seems the Mail was looking to make an issue of Baker doing his job – making a film – for a company based in a country that launched an attack on another country five years later.
It’s not yet clear whether the ‘Fail’ intends to actually proceed with a hatchet-article based on such a flimsy and easily-discredited pretext, but if it does, you now know why – and what the reality is.
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