Billionaire-owned newspaper front pages are and BBC review must not distract from Labour’s positive vision and policy emphasis
Senior Labour campaigners have praised the exceptional discipline and focus of the party’s grassroots supporters and campaigners in maintaining focus on Labour’s outstanding policy platform and the party’s vision for the kind of country the UK’s people want to live in.
That focus has seen Labour make an outstanding start to the general election campaign, exceeding even the early performance of the 2017 ‘Corbyn surge’.
And in order to maintain and even improve that trajectory, campaign leaders are asking Labour supporters to show the same discipline in refusing to engage with either right-wing newspaper front pages – or with the Sky News and BBC ‘paper reviews’.
One senior Labour insider told the SKWAWKBOX:
The papers are owned by a handful of billionaires who want to guard their wealth and power and avoid the implementation of phase two of Leveson [the recommendations of the review into malfeasance by newspapers cancelled by the Tories].
The broadcasters’ nightly reviews of the next day’s front pages are clearly a vehicle for amplifying those right-wing headlines, dressed up as ‘news’.
So it goes without saying that the nearer Labour gets to government, the more extreme and desperate the front pages are going to be – and then those are going to be regurgitated by the broadcasters.
But we need every Labour supporter and campaigner to keep their attention on, and their online conversations about, Labour’s policies and positive campaign.
Talking about the newspaper smears just gives them more reach – so even wasting energy attacking them is playing into the hands of those who want to prevent real change.
We have a vision for this country that the Tories and the papers can’t hope to match. That’s what we want to be amplifying.
Don’t give the Establishment and the press barons what they want. Stay focused on policies and the country’s need and appetite for change.
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