Boris Johnson’s main campaign launch shows fakery and privilege for the few. Even Labour’s secondary rally eclipses it
Boris Johnson was embarrassed last night when his main general election launch ‘rally’ was exposed as a tiny gathering in which media, MPs and ‘SpAds’ far outnumbered any actual supporters.
The media filmed the event to look substantial – but a candid snap gave away the truth.
By contrast, Jeremy Corbyn’s official launch speech was delivered to a packed hall with so many would-be attendees that many couldn’t get in.
But even a secondary event this morning – a rally at which Corbyn and John McDonnell announced Labour’s groundbreaking policy to move a large part of the Treasury to the north to rebalance the ‘political centre of gravity’ – eclipsed Johnson’s main launch event, as another candid snap showed:
Labour’s rally – indoors because of inclement weather – was packed almost literally to the rafters. The image above wasn’t even taken from the most distant point from the stage and so didn’t even reflect the full size of the crowd.
Both Labour men received a huge ovation, particularly Corbyn:
The contrast between the Labour and Tory campaigns is and will remain stark: Labour’s packed with policy and vision, Johnson’s single-issue with a smattering of fake pledges thrown in.
But the difference is most aptly summarised by the image of the two rallies – or rather one rally and a mock-up: Labour vs the Tories is people vs privilege, the many vs the few. Reality vs fakery.
Pick a side. Vote Labour.
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