Tories desperate to divert attention from the catastrophic collapse of the government and of their leader have today put out a video claiming Jeremy Corbyn called Theresa May a ‘stupid woman’.
What Corbyn said as May made a fool of herself could not be heard – but the Tory video was handily subtitled with the words they wanted everyone to believe he said.
And sure enough, broadcasters have been repeating the Tories’ claim as if that second and a half or so was all that happened during PMQs.
Let’s be clear: Theresa May’s literally pantomime performance in the Commons today was not only stupid, it was profoundly embarrassing for our nation. And she is a woman.
But it’s not what Corbyn said.
Corbyn’s first word appears to be ‘stupid’ or ‘stop it’ – those are hard to distinguish without sound. Corbyn himself has told the Commons this afternoon that he did say ‘stupid’, so that word is not at issue.
But a close look at the second word shows that, while what the word is cannot be conclusively determined, it most assuredly is not ‘woman’, as this short video analysis makes more than clear:
Labour’s excellent Laura Pidcock summed up the reasonable observer’s view of the Tory nonsense:
It’s not hard to see what the Tories hope this fiasco will distract the nation from: a Prime Minister so bereft of authority, credibility and ideas that she is reduced to literally imitating a pantomime dame to try to distract from the utter vacuity she displays on every appearance now.
Tory desperation reaches new depths.
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