Yesterday Jeremy Corbyn outlined Labour’s policies and was also interviewed on the BBC.
One of Corbyn’s policies is about wage ratios – so that everyone working within a company gets adequate and fair remuneration for their work. This was immediately perceived by the BBC and the media in general as a complete threat on all we hold dear.
Why? Because, in simple terms, Corbyn wants workers to receive a fairer wage from the company they are working for and that bosses and financiers of businesses do not take an unfair proportion of the profits made. This would, if carried out correctly, affect the amount that bankers and financiers (and yes, footballers) could take as ‘wages’. To my mind, this could lead to investment back into companies and to workers feeling that their work was actually of value, rather than just something which paid for a new house or car for their boss. But of course, where those bosses are concerned this wouldn’t be good news.
Corbyn was attacked on all sides. You would expect the highly-paid and powerful to object, but not those whose policies are left-of-centre. But sadly this is what happened.
The media had turned Corbyn’s comments into a précis of well-edited soundbites, which made them appear as throw-away remarks. So his replies were deemed to be ‘muddled’ and ‘ill-thought out’.
Then there were those, some sadly on the left, who, without ackowledging that the media is bound to ‘edit’ Corbyn, leaped onto the bandwagon to say that he ‘had got things badly wrong’, or to despair at his way of responding to questioning.
Add to that, despite many strong and very relevant references to the crisis in the NHS, and that Corbyn had been the one to call Theresa May into account over the NHS long before any other political leader, Corbyn’s statements were seen as ‘lacking emphasis on the NHS’.
This was despite: 1st, reporters were not interested in talking to Corbyn over vote-winning policies, so played down the NHS in their questions; and 2nd, his statements were cut to omit several references to the NHS.
I watch as my relatives and friends living permanently in England live in fear of losing their NHS but rely on the mass media to provide their information about it and about what politicians are saying about it.
Over the last few hours I have spoken to three different relatives who would describe themselves as ‘left leaning’, but who are bemoaning the ‘fact’ that Corbyn isn’t saying enough about the NHS and that ‘he was very muddled in his interview’. And I say to them, “read between the lines. What are the media hiding from you?” And I ask them to read online news like The Canary and tell them that their so-called ‘left wing news’ – the Guardian, The Mirror, etc – is not on their side but on the side of the establishment.
But they think I’m just a conspiracy theorist!
What will it take for the vast majority of people in the UK to sit up and realise that they are being lied to on a grand scale? Many of them are intelligent, thinking people, but they spurn looking at anything outside the world view they have been fed. Perhaps because it’s just easier and less painful to contemplate that way?
Whatever the reason, something has to change, and quick!