Hugh Grant crushes the Sunday Times for launching ‘psy ops’ against Jeremy Corbyn

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Hugh Grant slammed the Sunday Times on 16 July for launching “psy ops” against Jeremy Corbyn.

“Once a newspaper…”

Grant, a British household name, accused the paper of launching attacks against the Labour leader at the behest of its owner Rupert Murdoch:

 

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Grant doesn’t just save his criticism for the right-wing press. In July 2018, he branded the Conservative government:

The most fuck awful government in the history of fuck awful governments.

The actor was referring to the treatment of disabled people by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). After investigating the DWP’s policies, the UN has warned that the Conservative government is presiding over “grave” and “systematic” violations of disabled people’s human rights.

“Complete falsehoods”

The Labour press office has repeatedly slammed the Sunday Times for “seriously misleading” front pages and stories about Corbyn and the party. In April, Labour accused the paper of selectively editing emails:

And in November 2018, Labour called out more false claims:

Another example comes from September 2018, when the opposition criticised the Sunday Times for repeating “discredited” allegations about former Labour leader Michael Foot:

The Sunday Times had to pay legal damages to Foot, who died in 2010, over the claims in 1995.

The Corbyn threat

There are a number of reasons why billionaires like Murdoch may want to fend off Corbyn. Among Murdoch’s financial interests is Genie Energy, where he sits on the advisory board. This is a major oil company with global fossil fuel interests, including in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Recently, Donald Trump unilaterally recognised Israel as the owner of the territory, ignoring the UN which condemns the illegal occupation.

Genie Energy also has commercial interests in the UK energy market.

Under Corbyn, Labour plans to roll out publicly owned, locally controlled renewable energy firms to compete with private energy in the UK. And Corbyn is a longstanding opponent of Israel’s colonial occupations in the Middle East.

A Corbyn-led government is a direct threat to Murdoch’s commercial interests.

So, for Grant, it’s no surprise that Murdoch’s newspapers are attacking the leader of the opposition. The billionaire does not want Corbyn to undo the establishment’s cosy set up.

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    1. Rumour has it Hugh Grant is to play the lead role (loosely identified as Jeremy Corbyn) in a new macabre/comedy version of ‘Love Actually’ entitled ‘Labour Actually. It’s said the script, still in the final stages of composing, has a scene where ‘a Dame Margaret Hodge-type character (to be played by Miriam Margolyes) falls in love with the Labour leader who is portrayed as, actually, in something of a masochistic bent, revels in ‘getting-off’ on spiteful, foulmouthedness which Miriam (as Hodge) is able to brilliantly foulmouth. By all accounts there are to be some hilarious portrayals of Labour MPs and other anti-Labour characters in the script. For example, a Blair identified anthropomorphic creature in the playlist is a frog who converts to a toad.

      Cant’ wait for the production to do the rounds as a play or a film – both of which is uncertain as yet.

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