Despite a week of Tory and media smears, Jeremy Corbyn is still winning

Jeremy Corbyn
Fréa Lockley

A week, as they say, is a long time in politics. On 10 March, Labour stormed ahead with a seven-point lead in a Survation opinion poll. In the week that followed, Theresa May and the Conservatives directly blamed Russia after Sergei Skripal was poisoned in Salisbury on 4 March. Jeremy Corbyn called for a “calm” and “measured response”. But he then faced unprecedented attacks from parliament and the mainstream media.

But despite this, support for Corbyn seems unwavering. On Saturday 17 March, #IsupportJeremyCorbyn started trending on Twitter.

#IsupportJeremyCorbyn

It seems that someone called ‘James’ started the trend:

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And it took off as thousands joined in to show why they support Corbyn:

Corbyn’s longstanding commitment to peace and opposition to chemical weapons was a reason for others:

As was his calm and measured stance on Russia:

For many the answer was clear:

And others went even further:

In the 2017 general election, the social media campaign for Corbyn and Labour defined a new era of politics. While the right-wing media continues its attack on Corbyn, this latest Twitter trend shows that this grassroots support is still strong, and still growing.

Smear Campaign

As The Canary previously reported, an image used on BBC‘s Newsnight on 15 March, was widely criticised:

Journalist Owen Jones was unequivocal in his criticism of Newsnight:

The image also prompted many complaints to the BBC:

And the complaints are growing. On 17 March, a 38 Degrees petition to “Ofcom and the BBC“, launched. Its aim is to “Hold the BBC to account for its smear campaign against Jeremy Corbyn”. Less than 24 hours after it started, the petition has over 100,000 signatures. And rising.

For the many. Not the few.

It’s hard, if not impossible, to imagine an “I support Theresa May” hashtag trending on Twitter. And the number of petitions opposing Tory policy continues to rise. While people march in their thousands to support the NHS, no one marches to defend Tory cuts or austerity. But it seems that no matter how hard the right-wing press come after Corbyn, his grassroots support grows even stronger.

In the current political climate, he continually shows a voice of reason. And thousands stand behind him in support.

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