Parliamentary sketchwriter: “If a Corbyn government had behaved like this, wouldn’t Tory MPs be in uproar?”
Michael Deacon asks readers to imagine:
- that Jeremy Corbyn had won the election
- that his ministers had refused to be questioned on the Today programme.
- that journalists from certain right-wing newspapers were barred from a government briefing, while, say, the Morning Star was welcomed with open arms
- and that a Labour minister defended this behaviour by declaring, “Jeremy has just won a resounding majority, and has the support of the people!”
He then asks how Tory MPs would have responded and makes three suggestions:
A chilling attack on press freedom.
A cynical attempt to avoid scrutiny.
A sinister ploy by shadowy, unelected advisers.