Shoddy edit spotted by sharp-eyed Twitter user
Deputy leader Angela Rayner has been caught tweeting a doctored image as Labour attempts to airbrush the popularity of its former out of the party’s history.
Rayner tweeted a Labour job advert showing an enthusiastic Labour crowd – and at first glance all appears normal:
But the party clearly didn’t want anyone remembering just who had created all that enthusiasm – and the dodge was spotted by sharp-eyed Twitter user Troovus.
Troovus spotted that the original version of the image didn’t match the version in Rayner’s tweet – and the edit was very specific. A hand-made placard in the original thanked Jeremy Corbyn for leading the party:
How do we know it was Corbyn being thanked? Well, there have certainly been no enthusiastic crowds waving Labour flags for Keir Starmer.
In the version posted by Ms Rayner, the hand-made placard simply says ‘Labour’, but the shoddy edit even leaves the edges of the painted-out section easily identifiable – and removes one of the fingers of the poor woman holding it – before someone has tried to scribble in the party’s name instead of the shout-out to Corbyn:
It’s not hard to understand why Labour wouldn’t want to remind people of the passion and vision that ignited in the party under its previous leader, when the whole ‘marketing message’ of the party – ‘Under new management’ – hopes people will forget, while Starmer’s few acolytes and allies of convenience desperately try to rewrite history.
But the absence of enthusiasm, vision and passion in the dreary shell that Labour started to become within days of Starmer becoming leader are so deep that the absence of any images of cheering crowds would be no different even if the UK were not in the grip of lockdowns and social distancing.
And the resort to sneaky attempts to misappropriate the days when Labour was worth cheering about only highlights how bereft of vision and backbone the party is, ‘under new management’.
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