Today’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn was nothing short of desperate

Jeremy Corbyn
Fréa Lockley

On Sunday 11 November, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn laid a wreath at the Cenotaph to mark the 100 years since the end of World War One. But rather than seeing this as a mark of respect, the right-wing media went to town. This time, by criticising his coat and the size of his poppy.


As ever, the Mail led the way with a headline that claimed Corbyn looked “scruffy and disrespectful”. Its first headline claimed he looked “like a tramp”. Although this seems to have been changed, the Mail failed to edit the call for comments on the original headline:

Other outlets reported on his “small poppy”. And he got stick from LBC presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer for wearing – shock – a red tie.

But many on social media defended Corbyn against this desperate smear.


Some pointed out that more criticism should be levelled at Tony Blair:

Blair led the UK into the invasion of Iraq. That war killed hundreds of thousands of people, and the Chilcot inquiry concluded it was unnecessary. This is the same man that many think should be prosecuted as a war criminal.

Meanwhile, others suggested that before criticising Corbyn’s lack of “respect”, people should take a look at his voting record:

But some of the strongest voices of support for Corbyn came from veterans themselves:

And many others commented on the plight of veterans under this Conservative government:

Too many UK veterans rely on charity rather than receiving support from the same state that sent them to war. At least 13,000 veterans are also homeless, according to the Mirror, and most of these suffer from PTSD. And this is something that Corbyn also noted on Remembrance Day:

The bottom line is that it’s November in England, and wearing a coat with a hood really isn’t disrespectful. Unlike the swathes of people who passed judgement on Corbyn’s actions:

But other suggested that perhaps there was a little more behind this latest media attack:

It’s unlikely that the relentless media attack on Corbyn will stop. But this latest ‘charge’ shows that right-wing outlets are getting more desperate by the day. Meanwhile, grassroots support for the Labour leader looks stronger than ever. A general election really can’t come soon enough.

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