The media has blamed Jeremy Corbyn for many things since he was elected as Labour leader in 2015 including:
- Former chancellor George Osborne’s proposed cuts to tax credits.
- Conservative policies which would increase inequality.
- Electoral fraud.
In fact, blaming Corbyn has become so popular that it even has its own hashtag:
I just spotted a programme on BBC 4 called, 'Horizon: the end of the solar system,' and was amazed it didn't have 'and it will all be Jeremy Corbyn’s fault' on the end.#BlameCorbyn
— Chelley Ryan 🖐️ #RJCOB (@chelleryn99) April 8, 2018
The latest claim, however, puts the rest in the shade. A man stormed the stage during the British entry for the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon on 12 May. And apparently it’s Corbyn’s fault:
— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) May 12, 2018
It’s the kind of thing you might expect from right wing blogger Guido Fawkes. But ‘grassroots Conservative youth organisation’ Activate was also quick to share the story:
Although that didn’t work out so well:
I can't decide if you're pathetic, dangerous or adorable.
— Paul Case (@captainrant) May 13, 2018
There were those who foresaw it:
Immediately after a protester interrupted a performance on Eurovision, many Labour members on social media half-jokingly predicted that our rabid right wing media might try to blame Corbyn for this. Well… pic.twitter.com/ercHZsiZ8X
— The Pileus (@thepileus) May 12, 2018
And those who responded perfectly:
Even a cursory read of the article reveals that this person is detached from the real world. He ‘supports’ #Corbyn but could just as easily align himself with Martian conspiracies or Veganism. It appears to me that you are using this incident to score cheap political points.
— Bernard Murray-Gates (@Kindness58) May 12, 2018
Sorry missed his performance
What song did he sing?
Surely it wasn't bad enough to 'destroy' Eurovision! :~)
— Yanto #OurNHS (@Yantofullpelt33) May 12, 2018
the biggest shoe horning of anti-corbyn agenda into a totally unrelated story of the day award goes to…
— Johnny Morrison (@theatomsplits) May 13, 2018
It’s clear that there’s nothing Corbyn’s detractors won’t blame him for. Disrupting the Eurovision Song Contest must just be the next stage in his plan for world domination.
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