BBC News correspondent Robert Hall quickly made his excuses on 13 July after scouts went way off script at the 100th anniversary of Gilwell Park, the worldwide scouting ‘home’ in Chingford, London.
Midway through the interview, the audience broke into the ‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ chant, made famous during the 2017 general election.
Hall quickly cut the interview short:
The BBC does a article about a celebration of the scouts movement.the crowd starts chanting oh Jeremy Corbyn 😂 pic.twitter.com/IbaoUiuc9a
— My Dog & I (@martin83239350) July 13, 2019
— Math (@mathgilbert) July 13, 2019
The chant seems to be somewhat reflective of the mood-at-large in the country. A recent poll from Survation has Corbyn’s Labour six points ahead of the Conservatives. What’s more, Survation was the only polling company to accurately represent the new electoral landscape of the 2017 election. All this suggests that the relentless establishment campaign to smear Corbyn isn’t working.
‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’: Up and down the country
The scouts are far from the first people to break into the ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn’ chant, sung to the tune of White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army. In 2017, festival goers made the chant famous at Glastonbury Festival:
By 2018, the chant reached Bongo’s Bingo in Liverpool:
And at Boardmasters 2018 festival in Cornwall, thousands more people got involved:
The chants of @UKLabour @jeremycorbyn were deafening last night at @boardmasters Festival where I DJed for @PropagandaClub & @SilentDiscoKing! It was the biggest Silent Disco ever in the world! 18k people! pic.twitter.com/nZHosP8Zbm
— DJ Dan (@DjDanPropaganda) August 10, 2018
“Made my day”
On social media, people were very happy with the scouts:
By any standards this is absolutely remarkable!!! 😱
Where is this coming from?
Labour 🌹 6pts clear 4pts clear in the polls😱
250,000 in Durham!!!
And 14-17 year old scouts chanting “oh jeremy Corbyn” live on BBC!!! 🤣😂😭 pic.twitter.com/TGhxYEG2JA
— ARTIST TAXI DRIVER (@chunkymark) July 14, 2019
— Bev (@bcb193) July 13, 2019
Labour is ahead in the polls, and Scouts at a scout rally singing "oh Jeremy Corbyn" live on BBC Breakfast, what a start to the weekend. https://t.co/8Of88GwGhc
— John Woods (@JohnBluegenio) July 13, 2019
This guy genuinely panics and rushes to cut of the interview short! How ingrained is the BBC bias that even in this scenario they are almost trained to not show anything pro Corbyn! #BBCbias #WeBackCorbyn#GeneralElectionNowhttps://t.co/Vs7LpURQhK
— Dan 🇪🇺 🏳️🌈🌹 (@socialistlefty) July 14, 2019
Pro-Corbyn chanting was probably the absolute last thing BBC Breakfast wanted. But the scouts served it up anyway. Fantastic stuff.
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