How 1st week’s campaigns of Corbyn/May compare – and what they tell us

Mass murdering is considered OK?


Very short post this, but a very important one. It’s a simply list of the campaign schedules of the Labour and Tory leaders in the first week since the General Election was called, showing what they did, where they went and what kind of event it was:

campaign comparisonIf you want a Prime Minister who’s dynamic, loves people, knows how to get on with them and puts a shift in, vote Labour.

corbyn croydonIf you want one who’s vain, shiftless, elitist, antisocial and scared of pensioners mowing their lawn – not to mention being willing to kill people by the millions and impoverish even our children, vote Tory.

may schoolSimple.

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30 MPs/others facing prosecution for #Toryelectoral fraud. Why isn’t #31?

The Police need to account for their stance!


As the SKWAWKBOX reported last week, thirty Tory MPs and election agents are facing referral for trial by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) over allegations of fraud involving their election expenses. This was announced by the head of communications for Channel 4 News last Tuesday.

The Tory party has already received a record fine from the Electoral Commission for its involvement in the breaches, but the MPs and their election agents face the possibility of serious criminal prosecution.

record fine expenses c4The knowledge of the impending prosecutions – more than enough to potentially cost the Tories their parliamentary majority – may well have played a significant role in Theresa May’s decision to call an election she had promised would not happen.

C4 and others are now asking what will happen to the prosecutions given that the General Election campaign will be underway when the clock runs out on the process. But there is…

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Images show what Catherine Finney REALLY though of Corbyn’s visit #GE17

Could Corbyn convince the Nation? HellYes


As the SKWAWKBOX covered yesterday in a post that has gone viral, an image being spread by a Tory information officer and other opponents of the Labour party was faked to create the impression that Jeremy Corbyn received an unfriendly welcome from Leyland resident Catherine Finney.

Ms Finney’s hand was photoshopped out of the image and replaced with a man’s hand to make it look as if she was giving him a ‘v-sign’. To see the faked image, click here.

These Getty images, published with their kind permission, show that the reality could not have been more different:

Not only that, but other pictures in the series appear to show Corbyn receiving a unanimously positive response from the people of the town.

If Corbyn was really unelectable, they wouldn’t need to make up stuff and attack him the way they do – so vote Labour.

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Unite suspends Coyne – ‘over data breach’ broken by SKWAWKBOX/Evolve?

Huge Pat on back to Skwawkbox


The Guardian, Daily Mirror and others have announced this afternoon that Gerard Coyne, Len McCluskey’s main challenger for Unite General Secretary, has been suspended by the union from his position as a regional organiser.

Unite‘s press office was unable to offer a comment at this time, but the SKWAWKBOX understands from union sources that the suspension may be connected with the alleged data breaches broken by this blog and the excellent Evolve Politics and will last while a formal investigation is carried out.

The SKWAWKBOX is awaiting confirmation from the union of the impact the suspension will have on his candidacy. Although Coyne is considered to have little chance of victory, voting in the contest has now…

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Honest Tories rare in politics – but they know May is the #HollowWoman #GE2017

Is there anyone in there?


may vacuousImage courtesy of excellent work by @UKDemockery

Tim Montgomerie is a former Times comment editor, co-founder of The Centre for Social Justice alongside former Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and founder of the Conservative Home website. He has been described as:

oneof the most important Conservative activists of the past 20 years


In the eyes of most MPs, Montgomerie [is] one of the most influential Tories outside the cabinet

This morning, he made a remarkable comment about Theresa May following her interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:

montgomerieMrs May is merely copying a standard Cameron tactic. As soon as the former PM said “Let me be very clear”, you knew he was about to lie, obfuscate, muddy the waters – anythingbut be clear, basically.

But Montgomerie is a journalist who takes care with his choice of words. So that he used ‘vacuous’ – 

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Tale of 2 cities: May’s tiny, long-faced Bolton ‘crowd’ – Corbyn mobbed in Croydon

Great article
May is disliked
Corbyn is liked
Media have to spin the tale


corbyn croydonJeremy Corbyn – out and about, mobbed for selfies and autographs

The BBC featured an electioneering speech from Theresa May today – in Bolton. As they did with Cameron in 2015, the camera angles were kept tight on May and a few stalwarts around her to give the impression of a crowd. Except that at the end, you could tell there were barely enough hands clapping to fill a clock face.

It was Bolton, after all. A less flattering shot showed she had hardly anyone there and the few lost souls who’d wandered in thinking it’s normally bingo on a Wednesday looked like they’d just been told they had a terminal illness. The placards they were holding up bore the, er, snappy slogan “Strong and stable leadership in the national interest”.

Trips off the tongue, eh? About as staid, pompous and self-important as May herself.

So the SKWAWKBOX thought we’d…

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Watch #PMQs and you’ll see why #Maydarentdebate in #GE2017

Has there been a more incompetent Prime Minister??


empty chairAt PMQs today, Jeremy Corbyn challenged Theresa May on her refusal to participate in any TV debates:

We welcome the General Election, but this is a Prime Minister who promised there wouldn’t be one. A Prime Minister who cannot be trusted. She says it’s about leadership – yet is refusing to defend her record in television debates and it’s not hard to see why. She says we have a stronger economy and yet she can’t explain why people’s wages are lower today than they were ten years ago, why more households are in debt, 6 million people earning less than the living wage. Child poverty is up, pensioner poverty is up. So – why are so many people getting poorer?

May’s response was as weak as it was predictable:

I would point out to the Right Honourable Gentleman that I have been answering his questions and debating these matters every…

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