In the Brexit media battle, Jeremy Corbyn is wiping the floor with Theresa May

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa may
Fréa Lockley

On 29 November, Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May had full media schedules. But there was a big difference. While Corbyn gave warm, relaxed interviews, May did quite the opposite, trying to exclude journalists from press events.

“Hope for the future”

Corbyn appeared on ITV’s This Morning, and gave a relaxed interview, despite host Phillip Schofield trying to interrupt. Corbyn later thanked the show and shared one of his key messages on Twitter. He explained that he has great “sympathy with people in our country that are going through terrible stress”. And he insisted:

I think we have to recognise that we live in a country that’s increasingly divided, increasingly impoverished. Some people are losing hope in the future…

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He also calmly dealt with the latest controversy about a televised debate with May, pointing out that it “would be quite difficult” to actually have a debate if May is on the BBC and he’s on ITV. And the public’s response to him was warm:

May, on the other hand…

Meanwhile, the prime minister tried to sell her Brexit deal to Scotland. But to put it bluntly, she fucked it up.

For a start, she excluded key Scottish newspaper the National from the press conference. So it refused to cover her visit:

Meanwhile, other reports suggested that local residents didn’t know she was there anyway. As the National asked:

 if the Prime Minister visits a village and nobody sees her, has she really been there at all?

 

And May’s Scottish media fiasco didn’t end there. She visited Bridge of Weir with Scotland secretary David Mundell – whose local MP is the SNP’s Gavin Newlands. But they apparently didn’t inform Newlands of their visit:

As the National reported, “by failing to inform the SNP MP of the visit to his constituency, Mundell and May were in breach of Commons convention”.

And to make matters even worse, SNP MP Mhairi Black pointed out that it looked like May didn’t even know which constituency she was in:

You’d think it couldn’t get any worse, right? But no, May didn’t stop there.

Non-exclusive exclusives

On the same day that Corbyn spoke to ITV, May visited a GP’s surgery in Camden. But local reporters from the Camden New Journal were apparently told not to turn up:

Downing Street may have told journalists from the local paper not to show up. But they did. As the outlet reported, they were asked to leave and only take photos “on public land” outside. Apparently, May’s team didn’t consider the NHS-owned Kentish Town Health Centre to be public land. Go figure.

The paper also stated:

At one point, the reporter was told: “You don’t want to jeopardise your exclusive words.”

It wasn’t clear what these “exclusive words” were, and as it went on to report:

Later that day, photos of Mrs May crouched on the floor talking to a patient’s baby were released to media outlets.

By the power of social media, quite a few people now know about this:

Without even trying, then, Corbyn won the media battle against May hands down.

If only Brexit was so easy.

Featured images via Rwendland/Wikimedia and Annika Haas/Wikimedia

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    1. hilarious. The May crowd is still living in the age when social media did not exist. As if they still control the views of what they want people to see creating an illusion.
      I don’t think from afar here as May crucifies herself on her cross to bear suffering with dignity in every fibre of her being people will want to join in her suffering.
      They’ve suffered enough with her confusion about the age she’s living in.

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