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Two pictures that define what this general election is about

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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  1. After the embarrassing reception Boris got at Addenbrooke’s Hospital where he was booed and both the medical staff and patients Boris, like MayBot, is scarred of meeting the real public

  2. No comments allowed on Watson’s resignation? I know we shouldn’t speak ill of the dead, but I think an exception could be made for Watson.

    1. Why rehearse all that’s already been said at this time? There’s enough tedium around if you want it.. It’s not going to alter the bog paper press’s spin.

      Job done.

  3. I was interested in a character-defining utterance from Swinson, the scion of a ‘new politics’ :

    “…. the Lib Dem leader, said the Jewish Chronicle front page was an “incredibly powerful message” and it was “appalling that any community in our country has been forced to feel like this”.

    It is indeed, Jo. The deceitful propaganda rags that engineer the feeling and the venal politicians who ride on the back of the mythology are beyond contempt.

    1. Yes. Murray’s central point is indisputable :

      “Austin’s appointment as Trade Envoy to Israel is not a Civil Service appointment, it is a political appointment. He is a Tory appointee urging people to vote Tory. Under election broadcasting rules, the massive broadcasting time he is being given must count as Tory time”

      I didn’t hear it, but if his sectional interest in Israel wasn’t mentioned, that is in itself a striking confirmation of bias.

      Complaint time. (Not that it does much good)

      1. What does this say about the Tory Party

        The Conservatives have selected an MP candidate who said women should “keep their knickers on” to avoid being raped.

        Nick Conrad was chosen by the party to contest the Broadland constituency in the upcoming 12 December poll despite making a series of incendiary remarks during a radio debate about rape.

        Mr Conrad, who stepped down as a presenter on BBC Norfolk last week, will take over as Conservative candidate from retiring MP Keith Simpson, who has comfortably held the seat for the party since it was created in 2010.

        But the selection has provoked fury after a series of on-air remarks made during a discussion about footballer Ched Evans, who was convicted and later cleared of a rape charge, came to light.

        Speaking during the debate, Mr Conrad said: “It’s the old adage about if you yank a dog’s tale then don’t be surprised when it bites you.”

        “I think women need to be more aware of a man’s sexual desire; that when you’re in that position that you are about to engage in sexual activity, there’s a huge amount of energy in the male body, there’s a huge amount of will and intent, and it’s very difficult for many men to say no when they are whipped up into a bit of a storm.”

        He added: “What I’m trying to say is that women also have to understand that when a man’s given certain signals, he’ll wish to act upon them and if you don’t wish to give out the wrong signals, it’s best probably to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him. Does that make sense?”

      2. “a presenter on BBC Norfolk”

        Now … who does that remind me of??

        Are you sure the name wasn’t ‘Alan’ … something ???

  4. It defies logic that there’s still masses of “ordinary people” believing the anti-Corbyn smears and anti-Labour fears… we need to take every opportunity to try and combat them with politeness and common-sense.

  5. People versus Privilege. Democratic socialism in action to fix precarity, poverty and ecological extinction. There’s people to persuade, so let’s knock on thousands of doors and make it happen.

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