Author Nunns gives FT journo an object lesson in anti-Tory Twitter pwnage

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Alex Nunns is the author of the excellent The Candidate, an account of the 2015 Labour leadership contest that first put Jeremy Corbyn at the head of the party. He’s also one of the Labour social media activists who have helped change the political scene.

Tories don’t know how to do social media – so the pro-Tory Financial Times leader writer Sebastian Payne might have been wiser not to jump when Nunns praised the outstanding video Corbyn made in response to a huge financial services company’s claim Labour would be bad for those who like to play the markets:

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payne 1Nunns seems to have a good memory. In March, Payne had tweeted his confidence about the Tories comfortable polling lead over Labour – and mocked Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot’s prediction that Labour would ‘close the gap’ in…

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Johnson about to make idiot of himself with hypocritical ‘scathing’ attack on Corbyn

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fallon johnson idiots.pngThe S*n was tonight touting – idiotically – a speech – idiotic – to be made by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in which, to quote the tweeted words of the article’s author, he will ‘launch a blistering attack’ on Jeremy Corbyn for supposedly claiming that Britain’s foreign policy can increase the threat of terrorism in the UK.

scum johnson idiots.pngSo far, so predictable – the Establishment’s ‘smear Corbyn at any cost’ plan is as desperate as it is repetitive.

But Johnson – and the S*n – have ostrich-sized egg on their faces, not to mention apparently very short and selective memories.

A couple of weeks before the General Election, the hapless and hopeless former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was brilliantly ambushed by Channel 4 News’ Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

It was comedy gold:

Fallon’s spluttering outrage at what he thought was a Corbyn ‘pretext’ for terrorism is memorable, because the words turned out to…

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Most interesting thing about Momentum electoral investigation? The media coverage

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The media are reporting this morning that the Electoral Commission (EC) is investigating a possible breach of spending rules by Momentum.

The most interesting thing about this is this:

The media are reporting this morning that the Electoral Commission is investigating a possible breach of spending rules by Momentum.

It took the BBC just 39 minutes from the EC’s announcement to carry its first report on the matter:

bbc mom.pngSome other media outlets were trumpeting the news even before the EC’s announcement, but the BBC’s response is the most significant – because of the enormous contrast between its reaction time this morning and its slow and negligible response to Tory election fraud revealed by the Channel 4 investigation into the Tories’ election canvassing via Blue Telecoms.

Which is still the subject of a ‘significant’ police investigation but has barely been touched by BBC News:

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Exclusive: panicked email exposes massive parliamentary IT security flaw

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As the media has covered in the last couple of days, Tory MP Nadine Dorries’ attempt to defend Damian Green over his alleged viewing of pornography on his parliamentary computer led to her rash admission that she routinely lets her staff use her credentials to log onto her own parliamentary computer – and that she often has to ask them to remind her what her password is:

dorries 1dorries 2This revelation sparked social media astonishment on the part of IT professionals:

it response.pngIt seems that the IT managers of Parliament’s Digital Service were equally appalled, as demonstrated by a email it sent to all parliamentary personnel this afternoon. The email’s drips with the exasperation of someone who works hard to achieve an objective only to see it all undone by idiocy, along with a tone of suppressed panic:

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3yo boy has seizure on train – guard there to help. For now

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safer with guardLast Friday on Merseyside – on the 16.36hrs service from West Kirby to Liverpool, to be precise – a young boy became seriously ill after suffering a seizure.

If Merseyrail’s plans to remove guards from their trains to cut costs had already been implemented, his mother – who also had his little sister to look after – would have had no assistance available except the driver. Happily, those plans have not yet been put into action and are being resisted by the RMT union.

The train guard – who had help on this occasion from a driver who was transferring on the train to another station – was able to assist the mother in making the little boy comfortable, making sure he was able to breathe as well as possible and in looking after the boy’s sister.

The ambulance – another symptom of Tory cuts – took 45 minutes to…

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Why did the BBC pretend this clip was Corbyn’s #Budget17 response? It wasn’t

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Last night, the BBC’s Newsnight programme, as you’d expect, featured analysis of Philip Hammond’s Budget speech. It also purported to feature a clip of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s response.

But it didn’t.

Below on the left is a still taken from Jeremy Corbyn’s response – as he laid into a heckling Tory whip trying to divert attention from the plight of sick and disabled people under the Tory government. On the right is a still taken from the Newsnight coverage.

Can you spot the differences?

two corbyns.pngDifferent ties, different people behind him, even different glasses. The clip the BBC showed has Sarah Champion on the front bench behind Corbyn. She is no longer a front-bencher. In the real footage, Dawn Butler is directly behind him. The Tories around Hammond in the Corbyn clip are a completely different set from those in the clip shown by Newsnight of Hammond’s Budget speech, too.

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Vid: All the abuse, Corbyn kept cool. Tories scoff at vulnerable, this happens

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Yesterday, the SKWAWKBOX shared a video of Jeremy Corbyn’s angry reaction when Tories tried to disrupt his response to Hapless Hammond’s Budget. But Corbyn was not angry at being interrupted – he was livid at the Tories’ callous dismissiveness toward vulnerable people.

That video went viral, with an avalanche of comments from supporters welcoming Corbyn’s fire.

But Facebook user Lell Gee made a comment that shed a bright light on the significance of Corbyn’s reaction:

geeCorbyn faced lies, slurs, insults, mockery of his clothes and worse from the Tory benches. From right-wing Labour MPs not fit to represent their members, he faced lies, disloyalty, smears, briefing, undermining and an attempt to crush him.

And he didn’t lose his temper once – or even appear close.

But when Tories sneer and dismiss the vulnerable, the put-upon and those discarded by this consciously-cruel government? Then this ensues:

This is…

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