Tory sockpuppet accounts and supporters claim undated footage of crowded tube platforms was filmed before lock-down to try to exonerate Johnson – but BBC News and ITV broadcasts this morning confirm CCTV footage was taken yesterday
After the SKWAWKBOX published footage of packed train platforms as people thought Boris Johnson had ordered them back to work yesterday, social media saw a stream of Johnson’s ‘supporters’ claiming that the footage was old video taken before the lock-down.
Some of these accounts may be genuine supporters, but many appeared to be ‘sockpuppet’ accounts and the Conservatives have a track record of using fake accounts to discredit video and images that damage their interests.
But this morning a BBC News broadcast ironically proved the claims that the videos showed pre-lockdown commuters are fake news – and confirmed that the CCTV was filmed yesterday:
ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme also used the same footage and confirmed its date.
Johnson’s decision to force people back to work while the coronavirus is still widespread is insane enough – but it is made even worse by the fact that he led millions to believe they had to return yesterday morning, with no time to prepare and government guidance on supposedly-safe travel not even published until yesterday afternoon. Johnson’s idea that people walking or cycling to work will solve crowding was a sick farce, as many people are too far from their workplace.
The new broadcast confirms what was already clear but came under attack by Tory disinformation: Johnson’s confusing message and the Tories’ disregard for working people’s lives is going to lead to a new ‘spike’ in cases and deaths in a few weeks.
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