Journalist slams Boris Johnson’s ‘disdain’ for the general public on Sky News

Boris Johnson
Ed Sykes

Boris Johnson currently seems to be doing his best to avoid critical media attention. And for journalist Rachel Shabi, this shows his “disdain” for British voters.

Shabi told Sky News that the Tory leader was:

letting down the public when he does not stand up to scrutiny. And I think the disdain he is showing in not doing so is to the public, not to the TV channels.

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She recently wrote that the election on 12 December is a choice “between the nativist, hard-right, hard-Brexit Conservatives and Corbyn’s Labour Party, which has produced the most radical left policy platform the nation has seen in decades”. She also made it clear that Labour is “battling against a billionaire-backed Trumpian campaign of aggressive fake news from Boris Johnson’s Conservatives”, and that “Labour’s manifesto met a mostly hostile, incurious reception in much of the British press”. In short, even-handed scrutiny of Johnson’s party at this point is vital but sorely lacking.

Shabi has criticised the mainstream UK media, for example, for dismissing the recent “NHS sell-off leak” as “no biggie”. And she characterised the press response to a new “leaked secret document showing Boris Johnson misled the public” as “yeah, whatevs”.

Johnson is ensuring there isn’t a fair or balanced debate

Johnson recently chickened out of a Channel 4 climate debate, having previously refused a debate with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn on the same channel. And while Corbyn has already done an interview with the BBC‘s Andrew Neil, Johnson has yet to do the same:

Former Daily Mail columnist Peter Oborne, who is now contributing to a website detailing “the lies, falsehoods and misrepresentations of Boris Johnson and his government”, has also blamed the media for not being tough enough on Johnson. Oborne slammed “senior BBC executives” who “think it’s wrong to expose lies told by a British prime minister because it undermines trust in British politics”. Labour’s John McDonnell, meanwhile, has accused the BBC of “being played” by Johnson.

Oborne has also criticsed the worrying Tory decision to ban critical journalists from Johnson’s campaign bus:

This all jars with the fact that even Johnson had previously said voters “need to see interchange between their potential leaders”, essentially calling for ‘as many debates as possible’:

Johnson can avoid public scrutiny because he has the establishment right behind him

The Conservative Party is in bed with Britain’s billionaires, and they back it to the hilt as a result. And this is all the more dangerous when they dominate the UK’s media environment and can push their clear anti-Labour position far and wide with little interest in balance. Even the country’s public broadcaster, the BBC, has faced fierce criticism for its alleged pro-Tory bias.

And it’s not just that Johnson and his party have the overwhelming support of the ultra-rich and establishment media, either. Because there’s also evidence that sections of the “military/intelligence establishment” are doing their best to stop Jeremy Corbyn from winning on 12 December:

Corbyn’s party has over 500,000 members and is offering boldsensible policies to empower British citizens. Its manifesto also has the backing of countless economists. But Corbyn is challenging the power of the ultra-rich, pushing for an ethical foreign policy, and promising major media reform. That’s why establishment forces fear Corbyn so much: because he represents real change. And that’s why Johnson barely needs to try. Because Britain’s billionaire media is right behind him, and leading a full-on offensive against Corbyn.

But on 12 December, voters have a real chance to shut this putrid network down once and for all.

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