The Mounting Lies of Jeremy Corbyn


Corbyn lies. I must admit this was news to me because I always thought he was honourable — and I say that without irony, even though I have never been in favour of his leadership. However, I’ve been collecting the lies Corbyn has been making recently. There are a lot. Are they lies, confusion or misinformation? They are all counterfactuals which help him, that’s the point.

And there’s an added u-turn.

2) Corbyn claimed the carriage he was in on a trip to Newcastle was “ram-packed.” He used the opportunity afforded, he said, by having to sit on the floor, to film a political video about the issues with the privatised railways.

“This is a problem that many passengers face every day; commuters and long-distance travellers,” he said. “Today this train is completely ram-packed. The staff are absolutely brilliant, working really hard to help everybody.”

But he’d walked past empty seats on the way to creating his spin and he sat down for the last half of the journey.

2) He denied that he’d said article 50 should be immediately invoked, which classes as one of the dumbest things an elected representative has ever said. He did say it — the day after, on the BBC.

3) He lied when he said that the Labour Party was polling level with the Tories before the coup. Labour was always three or four points behind and has never been level with them this year.

The averagised polls show that the Tories’ recent surge came as a result of Theresa May’s premiership.

4) He said membership of the Labour Party at 540,000 was the biggest it’s ever been. But between 1945 and 1980 membership was considerably higher, over a million for a few years in 1951.

5) He claimed Labour had gained seats at the last assembly election.

“The assembly election results, we gained some seats as well as losing one,” he said. “We’ve made a lot of progress there.”

But the party’s overall number of Senedd seats fell from 30 to 29; Labour won no extra seats at the May poll, and lost Rhondda to Plaid Cymru.

6) He told Red Pepper he had had “never had any higher education of any sort,” whereas he, in fact, dropped out of North London Polytechnic after a year.

Bonus u-turn:

He backtracked on sentiments expressed to C4 News in 2015, when he said: “I don’t think there should be any more appointments to the House of Lords at all… we should have an elected upper chamber,” instead nominating for a peerage a person working on a report about antisemtism in his own party.

Well, I guess it worked for Donald Trump… for a bit.

But after all the spinning and paranoia, do either of them actually know what reality is any more?