A Mail journalist has found out what happens when you try to take the public for a ride over the general election [TWEETS]

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Tracy Keeling

One columnist for The Mail on Sunday, Dan Hodges, tried to take the public for a ride on 19 April. But they very quickly made him eat his words.

Better the devil

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that the UK will hold a general election on 8 June. And Hodges decided to add his two pennies’ worth on what impact opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn would have on the country should his party win:

But Hodges didn’t find many people who agreed with his assessment. Instead, he inadvertently gave commentators a platform to list the many things they do believe would improve under a Corbyn government:

Hodges describes himself as a “tribal neo-Blairite”. And he is very critical of Corbyn. The columnist, for example, wrote an article after the tragic murder of Jo Cox that called on the Labour Party to “kill” its leader. So it’s no surprise that a potential Corbyn victory doesn’t fill him with enthusiasm.

But his statement was so sweeping that it didn’t sit well with some who don’t support the Labour leader either:

Meanwhile, some commentators stated that they didn’t believe a continued government led by May would fare any better:

https://twitter.com/BPringle13/status/854606466413723649

Shooting your own foot

The public believes that Corbyn will make these improvements because he has consistently worked in parliament on those issues, first as an MP and now as the Labour leader. And his latest round of pledges confirms his commitment:

And that’s not an understanding that Hodges could have missed. But in his mad dash to convince the public that they should not vote for the Labour Party at the general election, he ignored this completely. His deception, meanwhile, backfired and ended up making him look like a fool. Because people wouldn’t fall for the con.

That’s a lesson all media outlets and politicians would be wise to learn quickly. Because many of the public are now acutely aware of the spin machine, and their tolerance for it is diminishing. So it’s time for honesty not spin. As Hodges just found out.

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