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The Daily Mail has revealed they’ve been forced to stockpile slurs against Jeremy Corbyn to prepare for a possible no-deal Brexit. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, smears against Corbyn may dry up – forcing the Daily Mail to stockpile as many as possible now. ‘We love the idea of a no-deal Brexit, but it could seriously affect our supply of spurious stories and half-truths against Jeremy Corbyn. That’s why we’ve taken the proper measures to build up as big a reserve as possible, just in case,’ said Daily Mail editor Geordie Greig. The Daily Mail has claimed they already have a reserve of 100 smear stories to use against Corbyn and they hope to double that figure by the end of the month. ‘This is our top priority at this time,’ confessed the editor. Current smears stockpiled include ‘Corbyn dined on falafel with Hans Gruber just hours before Nakatomi terror plot’, ”Illegal immigrant claims Corbyn let her live in his scruffy beard for five years’ and ‘Jeremy Corbyn causes cancer.’
These people do have a right to protest. So, while conflict is inevitable, it is also essential for the health of our democracy that the conflicting sides recognise each other’s right to exist and their right to hold and defend an opposing view. This is the difference between “agonism”, which is defined by Mouffe as a struggle between adversaries who still recognise each other’s rights, and “antagonism”, which is a struggle between enemies. Those who mobbed Soubry on Monday demonstrated the increasingly antagonistic nature of Brexit politics. This is the politics of pure antagonism, the politics of populism. Brexit and antagonism Examples of this antagonism have been evident in different forms since the referendum. The headline, complete with pictures of the judges, presented the “people” as a homogenous group who were in an antagonistic struggle with their “enemies” who posed an existential threat. While far-right groups and some in the pro-Brexit media are clearly using highly antagonistic language, it should be noted that some Remainers have not been averse to ratcheting up the tension either, referring to pro-Brexiteers as “gammons” – a clearly pejorative term. One need only look at Tommy Robinson, the former leader of far-right group the English Defence League, to see how clashing with the establishment can actually help your message resonate with supporters. The highly public abuse of Soubry should serve as a reminder to those of us who truly value our democracy that, unlike the mob outside parliament, we need to listen as well as to speak.
The debate about whether Jeremy Corbyn called the prime minister a "stupid woman" or said "stupid people" in the Commons yesterday continues on most of the front pages. The Daily Mail and the Daily Express enlist the help of lip-reading specialists who each deliver the same damning verdict. Mr Corbyn's "forward lip movement", they claim, could only have been the result of pronouncing a word beginning with the letter "W" - casting doubt on what the Mail calls his "brazen" denials. "Panto politics" is the headline on the front page of the i, which says the drama will have led to consternation among the public, coming at a time when Parliament is faced with one of the biggest decisions on the fate of the country since World War Two. The Daily Telegraph notes that the row occupied more parliamentary time than Prime Minister's Questions and laments that it overshadowed the long-awaited publication of the government's Immigration White Paper, a key part of its post-Brexit planning. "A pipsqueak opposition leader, a stubborn prime minister, a paralysed government and an unruly parliament are overseeing the most momentous decision in recent British history. The Sun criticises the EU's proposals for a structured no-deal Brexit as a "barrage of punitive threats" issued to British tourists, ex-pats and businesses. "All trust is gone," says the paper, concluding that we must be ready for Brexit on March 29th without a deal. HuffPost UK says it has obtained data which shows the government has spent £1.4 billion outsourcing contracts linked to the roll out of Universal Credit and other welfare reforms, since 2012. The Times reports that The British Institute of Verbatim Reporters has listed the words that floored a good many of us in 2018.
MPs across the political divide should "abandon outrage" and attempt to "forge a consensus" over Brexit, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Theresa May travelled to Brussels earlier this week to make a special plea to EU leaders after delaying Tuesday's Commons vote on the deal, in anticipation of a heavy defeat. 'Serious trouble' Many of her own MPs are concerned that the controversial "backstop" plan in the withdrawal agreement, which is aimed at preventing a hard border in Northern Ireland, would keep the UK tied to EU rules indefinitely and limit its ability to strike trade deals. AdChoices Ms Rudd said she supported Mrs May's deal and advocated assembling a "coalition" - potentially reaching out to opposition parties to avoid what she called "the rocks of no deal". She said the country "will face serious trouble" if MPs "dig in against the prime minister's deal". Mr Farage added the treatment of Mrs May in Brussels this week had been a "shaming moment" for both the UK and the EU and that the PM's Brexit deal was now "dead". He said: "Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want... because this debate is sometimes nebulous and imprecise." Mrs May said that, despite reports that the EU was unwilling to consider further clarification, she had talked to European Council President Donald Tusk, Mr Juncker and others, which "have shown that further clarification and discussion following the council's conclusions is in fact possible". But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "The last 24 hours have confirmed that Theresa May's Brexit deal is dead in the water. "Rather than ploughing ahead and dangerously running down the clock, the prime minister needs to put her deal to a vote next week so Parliament can take back control."
Is there enough support in the Commons for a second referendum? Not at the moment, but should Theresa May lose the Commons vote over her Brexit deal and the Labour party try and fail to secure an election, it has been said that a second referendum is one of the options on the table. Should it be Remain vs Theresa May’s deal, No Deal vs Remain, or No Deal vs May’s deal? Campaigners for a people’s vote say only those options that are on offer should be on the ballot paper – so any deal that has no backing in Brussels should be dismissed. A row will also rage about the franchise, with those in support of a second referendum also keen to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast a vote this time round. Won’t most newspapers back leaving again? The “saboteurs” it has in its sights are no longer Remainers but the hard Brexiters – though it is currently backing May’s deal, rather than Remain. What has changed since the last vote? Prominent Leave campaigners have been discredited by controversies over campaign financing and breaches in electoral law. It seems certain that the result would be close – and there is no guarantee Remain would win.
The warning from the Bank of England governor Mark Carney about the economic impact of a no-deal Brexit is all over Thursday’s front pages, with papers showing their Brexit colours in their reporting of the news. Economic forecasts strike blow to Theresa May's Brexit deal Read more The Telegraph has labelled Carney’s announcement “doomsday analysis”, and its story says: “Mark Carney has been accused of undermining the Bank of England’s ‘independence and credibility’ after publishing an analysis of the economic impacts of no deal so bleak it has been dubbed ‘project hysteria’.” The source of this “Project Hysteria” line is staunch Eurosceptic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. (@Telegraph) The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph 'Carney unleashes Project Hysteria' #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/VYKt7bUm2W November 28, 2018 The Daily Express also has Rees-Mogg’s quote in its splash: “Bank boss Carney’s ‘Project Hysteria’” and showed its leanings by leading not with the straight news of Carney’s comments but with the fact he “faced a furious backlash”. “MPs tore into the governor’s latest bleak prognosis, accusing him of meddling in politics by attempting to stoke up Project Fear once again,” said the paper The Sun runs the punny headline “Carnage”, under a picture of Carney’s face, leading with the impact of a “brutal no deal Brexit” on house prices, which Carney warned could crash by 30%. The Sun (@TheSun) Tomorrow's front page: House prices would plunge by 30% as Britain falls into recession in brutal No Deal Brexit, Bank of England warns https://t.co/qO0whglB5h pic.twitter.com/JuhTnk5S4l November 28, 2018 The Daily Mail ignores Carney’s comments, focusing instead on news that reflects more favourably on the PM. Allie Hodgkins-Brown (@AllieHBNews) Thursday’s Daily MAIL: “Key Cabinet Brexiteer: I’m Backing May’s Deal” #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/BYkTHZjJxg November 28, 2018 The Guardian plays it straight: “Warnings over economy deal blow to May’s Brexit strategy”, citing the Bank of England’s warning and the “official Whitehall analysis [which] concluded that in all Brexit scenarios, including May’s final deal, the UK would be worse off”. (@guardian) Guardian front page, Thursday 29 November 2018: Warnings over economy deal blow to May's Brexit strategy pic.twitter.com/EDqFU5jzFc November 28, 2018 The Times follows a similar vein, and reports Carney’s comments: “No-deal Brexit ‘would be worst crash since 1930s’”. Allie Hodgkins-Brown (@AllieHBNews) Thursday’s TIMES: “No-deal Brexit ‘would be worst crash since 1930s’ “ #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/MtrN8nXpQz November 28, 2018 The FT says “May forced to concede all Brexit roads will lead to a poorer Britain”. The i also lays things out pretty straight “Bank warns of worst economic slump since second world war”, adding “Labour now warming to a second referendum”. Allie Hodgkins-Brown (@AllieHBNews) Thursday’s Daily MIRROR: “May’s Deal Will Cost Us £100 Billion” #bbcpapers #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/v0lrtNQiMj November 28, 2018
Five young Labour activists – all of whom voted for Jeremy Corbyn and back the grassroots revival – talk about the party, their politics and why they joined. They don’t want to see the social change that Labour will deliver.” The charges of antisemitism within the party have been upsetting, he says. Will he be pushing for a people’s vote on Brexit? “I’m proud to have been proved wrong. Born in west London to a midwife and postman, now both retired, she went to the London School of Economics to read social policy and promptly got involved in student activism. Knocking on people’s doors and seeing how you could change people’s minds was really inspiring.” What has she made of the party’s antisemitism crisis? Both her parents, who “met in communist Prague”, work for trade unions and both of her late grandfathers were former trade union general secretaries. “I didn’t think I needed to join Labour as a member, but actually, when Jeremy became leader, I felt really represented. Eight out of 10 Labour party members want to give the public a final say on Brexit. Look at him and his politics and what he says.
Antartica is melting at an increasing speed and the cause could be Corbyn Dioxide, a warming gas produced only by Jeremy Corbyn, warns a team of Daily Mail scientists. Corbyn Dioxide is released into the Earth’s atmosphere whenever the Labour leader speaks or is given any sort of positive attention. And the effects are devastating. ‘Corbyn Dioxide warms the Earth more than any other form of gas and is directly responsible for the majority of climate change issues we come across. If we continue to produce this amount of Corbyn Dioxide then Antarctica will completely melt by 2022 and the planet with die soon after,’ warned Dr Mengeles III, working from out of the Daily Mail offices. The only way to stop the production of Corbyn Dioxide is to avoid listening to the words Jeremy Corbyn says or giving him any sort of positive media attention. ‘We at the Daily Mail have been doing our part to reduce our Corbyn footprint but we can’t do it alone. We have The Sun and the BBC onboard but we need the people to rise up and do their part,’ said Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre. However, as soon as he said that another chunk of an iceberg fell off. Coincidence?
Labour has dropped a spectacular twenty points in opinion polls after the Daily Mail revealed that Jeremy Corbyn makes his tea by putting milk in first. A number of smears against Corbyn seemed to be ineffective until Daily Mail managed to find disturbing video footage of the Labour leader making himself a cup of tea by putting the milk in before the boiling water. Now, Labour, who were pulling ahead of the Conservatives once again, find themselves 17 points behind in opinion polls published today. ‘I didn’t believe that he was a spy but my own eyes would never lie to me. I’ve never seen a more un-British act from a politician in all my years,’ said Philip Robertson, a former Labour backer. The shocking footage and sudden drop of public opinion could instigate another coup from within the Labour Party. ‘With one poorly made cup of tea, Jeremy has completely destroyed all the good will he’d built within the party after last year’s election. This could be the end of him,’ said one anonymous Labour MP. Daily Squat has elected NOT to publish the vile video so as not to upset our more delicate readers.
Alongside a dispute on Twitter with the radio journalist Iain Dale, the first minister issued a detailed and categorical denial of the claims, insisting a decision to use the lion rampant rather than the union jack on royal occasions was taken eight years ago, and she had no part in it. (@IainDale) This rather flies in the face of what @Nicolasturgeon is denying in tweets 2 me this morning. As I say, happy to correct if wrong, but this seems to prove the @Telegraph story is bang on. Or is @NicolaSturgeon denying responsibility for a document issued in her government's name? https://t.co/KQ5OiQx4Yo (@NicolaSturgeon) 1/ since the truth doesn’t seem to matter very much to some, let me set out the facts on this ridiculous flag story... Sturgeon’s officials said this had only been spotted this month because civil servants very belatedly updated the Scottish government’s website to reflect a policy change from 2010. He also insisted it had royal approval: I changed the policy on flag flying back in 2010 after an audience with Her Majesty the Queen at Balmoral the previous year... [I] remember the occasion very well. These sources believe the DUP and Sinn Fein are now so far apart on issues such as the latter’s demand for an Irish Language Act that the gap cannot be bridged ... at least in the three week deadline imposed by Secretary of State Karen Bradley. One source in the SDLP said Sinn Fein was now more focussed on building its national profile and promoting its new leader in waiting, Mary Lou McDonald, in the Irish Republic where the party is preparing for a possible general election later in 2018. Conversely, an Alliance source said most of the parties who will be involved in the talks at Stormont today are already on “an election footing” as they expect the negotiations to fail, and subsequently Karen Bradley will legislate for a new election to a fresh Assembly.