On 13 September, to the amazement of many, the Mail Online actually praised Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party:
— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) September 14, 2018
Mr Corbyn was surrounded by a ‘donut’ of politicians whose family roots are from countries including India, Yemen, the Jamaica, and Nigeria.
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And of the 14 MPs sitting closest to Mr Corbyn at the despatch box yesterday, 12 were women.
The article then compared Corbyn’s top team to Theresa May’s, concluding:
In contrast, Theresa May’s immediate circle in the Commons yesterday was far less diverse – with just three other women and two MPs from ethnic minority backgrounds sitting near her.
As shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry tweeted, amazingly the Mail Online‘s article didn’t have a “sneering word in sight”. And people were noticeably shocked by the usually Corbyn-hating publication’s apparent change of approach:
has hell frozen over?
— LabourFanTV (@TheBirmingham6) September 14, 2018
— Matt Cassidy (@MattCass14) September 14, 2018
Meanwhile, others thought it was too good to be true:
It's like when the office bully is suddenly nice to you. What are they up to?
— Astanybisto??? (@astanybisto) September 14, 2018
But some people were just happy that such a positive diverse picture was being shared so widely:
So lovely to see a positive picture like this. I'd love to see more of the front bench and Corbyn supporting mps in pictures and speaking out in support Corbyn. It's been a nightmare of negativity on twitter for us Labour members who want so much to see us in government ???
— Val? (@panascouse1) September 14, 2018
— Sam Harris (@GandhisGhost) September 14, 2018
“Don’t be fooled”
Some people aren’t willing to give the outlet the benefit of the doubt just yet:
I suspect this ‘nice’ piece is merely there to rile their readership, rather than acknowledging diversity as a positive.
— Ross Gibson (@ross_acg_gibson) September 14, 2018
And others feel it’s just going for a “more subliminal” anti-Corbyn message:
Don't be fooled. They know that this will enrage their readers anyway. Also I think they've realised that the constant Corbyn bashing is driving people toward Labour. They're simply going for a more subliminal message.
— grumpy munky (@hitsground) September 14, 2018
Whatever’s behind the Mail‘s move, it’s great to see such a diverse Labour front bench glowing in comparison to the pale insipid Tories.
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