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Mr Corbyn beware: apologies and compromise are the ammo feverishly sought by the establishment media

jeremy corbynThe established corporate-political order is seething with anger at the huge support given to a plain-living, simply dressed man of principle and integrity, rather than the political norm of bombast, ‘spin’ and conspicuous consumption.

The pliant cash-strapped advertisement-dependent media and the government-threatened BBC are relentlessly attacking Jeremy Corbyn – openly or insidiously – fearful that the ever-increasing momentum of support for his ideas will eventually lead to his election as prime minister.

That would – of course – be anathema to partyfunding arms traders and manufacturers and those politicians who crave the additional income from their cash and non-executive directorships.

Few are working harder than Jim Pickard in the formerly objective Financial Times, accompanied this week by George Parker, its Political Editor. As the former says, the new leader’s principles have generated negative headlines in the British press all week. His statement:

“The more (Corbyn) softens his views, the more the risk that he disappoints the radical leftwingers who propelled him into office”.

The hope is that their relentless and unjust bombardment will eventually make inroads into his widespread popular support. The language is carefully chosen to influence the weak-minded:

  • the ‘bearded 66-year-old’, an ‘outsider, inside’.
  • The serial rebel . . . barely scraping enough support from fellow MPs to get on to the ballot sheet.
  • his old-fashioned brand of radical socialism
  • an inveterate protester, sometimes in dubious company
  • an isolated figure within the parliamentary Labour party

Pickard concedes that his first appearance at PMQs was #a relative success’ and adds that Corbyn can expect some tactical victories in the coming months: senior Tories are worried about a backlash next April as welfare cuts — opposed by Mr Corbyn — kick in. he adds that Corbyn’s ‘rhetoric’ on helping Syrian refugees may also have chimed temporarily with the public.

George Parker, Political Editor has a similar approach, but more subtle and less verbose – a few gems:

  • Labour under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership ended a dizzying week of policy shifts
  • Mr Corbyn’s team was showing signs of quietly shelving some of the new leader’s most radical ideas.
  • Mr Corbyn has also bowed to pressure from moderate colleagues.

Speculation and surmise followed by untruths. Two of many:

Though insistence on genuine and widespread consultation has been a consistent feature of the Corbyn approach, Mr Parker says “Attempts by the new leader to impose his will on party policy will be gruelling” and others follow this line.

Though Jeremy Corbyn said, from the earliest days of the campaign that he was ready – like David Cameron – to press for beneficial changes to the EU, it is implied that he said he wants to leave and has reneged on this policy, so: “He has also been forced by colleagues to change his stance on the looming referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

Quoting a Walsall blogger, we ask: How far will the “monstering currently being aimed at the newly elected Leader of the UK Labour Party by MI5, the CIA, the IMF, senior civil servants and members of the armed forces and a particularly unpleasant newspaper mogul” go?