A Tory aide just spilled the beans on the true nature of the Tory research department

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An apparently ‘joking’ Tory aide has spilt the beans on the true nature of the Conservative research department (CRD).

We do “fake news”

Speaking to BuzzFeed News in a 16 November article, the Tory aide branded CRD their “fake news unit”. And given even the BBC has called Tory research “fake news”, it seems there’s more than a grain of truth here:

 

Earlier in the campaign, the Conservatives were fearmongering about the ‘costings’ of Labour’s investment policies. Presenter Coburn said:

Based on assumptions and misinformation. It’s fake news… You’ve literally taken every single press release or policy proposal that was ever written by anybody, either commissioned by Labour or looked at as part of a discussion plan, and you’ve tripled it, and you’ve said that that is a legitimate cost.

Now the Tories are apparently admitting the proposals are “fake news”, as Labour warned:

Panicking Tories

The BuzzFeed article also details how Conservative candidates and strategists are worried that a shift in polling could see Labour gaining momentum. One recent Survation poll had Labour just six points behind the Conservatives with a month to go. In 2017, Survation found that same result but just 10 days before election day.

BuzzFeed reports that the Conservatives’:

chief concern is that Labour has won the media narrative almost every day over the last two weeks.

In fact, Conservative strategists are apparently consoling themselves, believing that the TV debates will be a pro-Tory turning point.

What’s clear is that if Labour can continue dominating the media narrative and its mass membership ground campaign, the party can win a majority. The Tories, meanwhile, are left scrambling around for any fake news they can find.

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    1. Neo-liberalism isn’t the only economic model around. While there’s no guarantee Corbyn’s Labour Party will get elected (there’s a lot of anger in the north over the Brexit dismissal and our votes aren’t to be taken for granted however much we despise the Tories), but what Corbyn plans to do is not within a neo-liberal economic framework but a socialist one. In which case what he promises is certainly possible.

      1. Unhappy people in the north must be persuaded that a vote for Labour not only helps undermine neo-liberalism but also offers prospect of revisiting Brexit in nuanced manner (e.g. complete exit, partial exit, and non-exit).

        Some may have voted in favour of Brexit through perception of the EU being in thrall of neo-liberalism. Perhaps there is truth in that. However, it is clear that post-Brexit trade deals with the USA would set upon us the most virulent form of neo-liberal economics. The EU offers no threat to the NHS and other valued British institutions.

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