Saturday, 17 March 2018

Who has got the nuttiest Salisbury conspiracy theory?

In the feverish atmosphere in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack there have been some absolutely bonkers conspiracy theories flying around.

In this article I'm going to attempt to give a measured perspective on the attack before detailing some of the nuttiest reactions.

The difference between questions and conspiracy theories

Like almost everyone reading this article, I don't have access to the chemical analysis that's been conducted on the nerve agent, and I don't have access to any intelligence that may have been gathered in relation to the attack.

This lack of information means that it's impossible to fly off into alternative explanations for the attack without the danger of wandering off into the tinfoil hat conspiracy zone.

However this lack of vital information doesn't prevent us from asking questions about the official position, which according to Tory ministers like Boris Johnson, involved Vladimir Putin directly ordering this hopelessly botched hit on a long-retired double agent.

The glaring problem with this theory is that it relies on the idea that Putin is some kind of idiot with no regard for consequences. Of course Putin is your archetypal strong-man tyrant with a disregard for human rights, but if you've ever actually paid attention to any of his speeches, he's clearly an intelligent man, not an idiot.

So, given that just a couple of weeks ago the Tory government pliantly did Putin's bidding by obstructing Labour's efforts to introduce Magnitsky powers to clamp down on all the Russian dark money sloshing around in the City of London, the UK housing market, and the coffers of the Tory party, why would Putin then decide to personally authorise an attack that would massively increase the chances of Magnitsky sanctions being imposed?

You can attempt to answer this kind of question in whatever way you like, but be careful you don't end up wandering off into the tinfoil hat twilight zone  ...

The fireman conspiracy

The first conspiracy theory to deal with is the idea that the attack was faked because of one out-of-context photograph of firemen with no biohazard suits standing next to people with biohazard suits.

It says a lot about the kind of person you are if you can look at a single photo and deduce a convoluted conspiracy theory from it, which you then believe without giving thought to other potential explanations, like maybe the fact that people in biohazard suits need to take off their biohazard suits at some point. 

Perhaps a much simpler explanation that the whole attack being an elaborate hoax, is that that's what was going on?
The evil mother-in-law

Then there's the theory that Yulia Skripal was poisoned by her future mother-in-law who supposedly doesn't want her son to marry the daughter of an ex-spy.

How the evil mother-in-law got her hands on a supply of highly toxic nerve agent isn't related in this particular conspiracy theory.

It was the CIA

If you really want to get into the kooky conspiracy shit, then UKIP is definitely a great place to turn. I mean who could forget the Ukipper "Somerset floods were caused by gay marriage" theory from a few years ago?

Well Godfrey Bloom has publicly stated his suspicion that the attack was carried out by the CIA in order to ringfence the budget for the military industrial complex.

It's interesting to see the way the hard-right UKIP mob have moved from adoration of anything American to outright hostility and conspiracy theorising against the US intelligence services ever since the Mueller investigation into links between Russia and the Trump campaign started getting serious.

It's all about Brexit

Another bizarre UKIP conspiracy theory is that the Salisbury attack is a false flag attack orchestrated by the British government in order to derail Brexit!

Here's what Richard Wood of UKIP told Sputnik News: 

"Theresa May has been absolutely stupid because she is now in a hole over Brexit with the European Union and the EU is doing its best to keep Britain in and we want to be out. The whole point about this fiasco is that something happened and Mrs. May is now being able to point another finger at Russia and say this is our enemy. They are finding some excuse to actually blame Russia for something else so Russia becomes a big bad man again to take the pressure off Theresa May with the Brexit negotiations because she is not getting anywhere. Everybody I speak to is not on her side and not against Russia. I do think it was staged."
Trust the UKIP loons to come up with a load of batshit crazy nonsense about how it's all a conspiracy to undermine their beloved Brexit.

It's all about the UN

Another theory doing the rounds is that the Salisbury incident was a "false flag" attack designed to ramp up international pressure to get Russia thrown off the UN Security Council.

The idea that Russia could be removed from the Security Council over this incident is as impractical as it is unrealistic.

If Russia and the United States managed to stay part of the UN Security Council together throughout the theft of US nuclear weapons secrets, the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Olympic boycotts, countless near misses and sanctions impositions, and all of that, how on earth is an incident like Salisbury going to register enough impact to essentially destroy the United Nations?

Even if the endgame was to get Russia thrown off the UN Security Council, how would that be achieved given that Russia has a Security Council veto, and China (another of the 5 permanent members) would obviously never let it happen either?

It's all about football

Then there's the probably the most ridiculous theory that the attack was staged to somehow undermine Russia's hosting of the FIFA World Cup, as if football is somehow the most important thing in the world.

The problem with wild conspiracy theories like this is that there's always some absolute dullard who comes along to give credence to such nonsense. In this case the right-wing Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, who has started gabbing on about how the UK should somehow form a global alliance to pressurise FIFA to delay the World Cup until 2019 and ban Russia as the hosts!

If Argentina being over-run by one of the most violent and repressive military dictatorships of the late 20th Century wasn't enough to stop the World Cup in 1978, then it seems a tad unlikely that Kinnock is going to succeed with his plot to get this summer's World Cup taken off Russia.

Trust a right-wing Labour melt like Kinnock to hear the most bonkers conspiracy theory of all, think it's actually a really good idea, and then try to pass it off as his own policy!

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Let's 'control our borders' by throwing them open!

While the majority of the mainstream media have been fixated on the primary task of portraying Jeremy Corbyn as a Russian stooge (in order to deflect attention away from the incredibly incriminating behaviour of the Tory party) the Sky News team have been busy trying to hold the Tory government to account over the absolute shambles they're making of Brexit.

First Sky News disclosed that the Tories have taken the extraordinary step of imposing gagging orders on key border operators to prevent them disclosing what the government are plotting.

Taking back control

Thinking back to the EU referendum debate and all the talk of "taking back control"
, this rhetoric hardly seems compatible with highly secretive government plotting and their efforts to gag private and public border agencies to prevent them from warning the public what they actually have in store for us.

Surely nobody figured that "taking back control" actually meant handing even more control to the Tory government to wilfully hide their schemes from the public, their political opponents, and British businesses alike?

Then the Sky News team delved into the details of what the Tory government have been so desperate to hide.

Controlling our borders

Apparently the scheming Tories have drawn up three different Brexit scenarios to test out on the various public and private border operators which have been labelled "hard Brexit", "Soft Brexit" and "No deal".

Under the "no deal" scenario the Tories have decided that the only way to deal with the border issues is to throw the UK border open completely, and unilaterally abandon customs checks!

This "throw open the borders" option is quite extraordinary given that "controlling our borders" was such an elemental part of Leave propaganda that delivered the Brexit vote, and was quickly adopted by the Tory government as one of the narratives they used to attract the hard-right ultranationalist blue-kip demographic who were fleeing the wreckage of UKIP.

The reason the Tories have decided to model this extraordinary "open borders" approach to Brexit is obvious. If they had any intention whatever of securing our borders, they would have had to have invested £billions in new customs checking facilities, infrastructure, software, and staff, but they've done nothing to address this enormous challenge for the best part of two years.
We now know that the Cameron government didn't bother to do the slightest amount of contingency planning just in case they lost the Brexit referendum, and that the Tory cabinet are still bitterly divided over the actual objective of Brexit almost a full year after Theresa May triggered Article 50.

All in all it's hardly surprising that giving the Tories the green light to just make it up as they go along is resulting in such abject chaos.

No back door

The EU have no intention of throwing open their borders if no customs deal can be agreed before Brexit actually goes ahead, meaning that Britain's decision to throw open our borders would be a unilateral one.

Many on the Tory right conceive post-Brexit Britain as a kind of backdoor into Europe for substandard produce (like chlorinated chicken or hormone riddled beef), but the EU have no intention of letting that happen.

Even if it means huge delays for British exports to the continent while they build the infrastructure to carry out the customs checks, the EU simply aren't going to allow the UK to act as a backdoor conduit for unscrupulous profiteers to flood the European market with substandard produce.


So in this farcical Tory Brexit scenario "taking back control" equates to allowing the government to make it up as they go along behind closed doors, and "controlling our borders" equates to throwing our borders open because the Tories have done absolutely nothing to build the customs infrastructure necessary to actually check what's coming in!

Given that this "throw open the borders" approach is the polar opposite of what Leave voters were promised during the debate, you would have thought that more of them would be spitting blood about it, but then this kind of analysis relies on a fundamental misunderstanding that a lot of Remainers still seem unable to get their heads around.

The misunderstanding is the idea that people who were duped into supporting this chaotic hard-right "let's make it up as we go along" Brexit can be convinced to change their minds with facts, evidence, analysis and the like.

They can't be convinced to change their minds through appeals to reason because Brexit was an emotive decision for them, so it doesn't matter how much we point out stuff like the way "control our borders" has morphed into "throw open our borders", they'll simply perform cognitive gymnastics to pretend that they knew that throwing open the borders was the plan all along, and that's what they voted for.

The terrifying thing is that it doesn't matter how much chaos, division, economic damage Brexit delivers, nor how many promises are broken, businesses are destroyed, jobs are lost, or families are thrown into poverty. millions of Brexit voters will continue to insist that that's exactly what they voted for.

It's clear that to a lot of people unleashing such chaos and destruction on your country and your fellow citizens is a price worth paying in order to avoid admitting that you were wrong.

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Why are the BBC running blatant distraction propaganda for the Tory party?

A little over a month ago the Tory party took a £30,000 donation from the wife of a former finance minister in Vladimir Putin's government. The donation was in fact a bribe to buy personal access to the Tory defence minister Gavin Williamson, and this is far from the only donation the Tories have taken from Russian oligarchs and Putin cronies. They've raked in over £800,000 since Theresa May became Prime Minister, and over £3 million since 2010.

The obvious question these donations raise is what are these Russian oligarchs and Putin cronies buying with these donations. People don't just hand over vast sums of money for nothing, so they must be expecting some returns on their investments.

One possible answer is the way the Tories have steadfastly obstructed moves to introduce so-called Magnitsky powers to bar Russian officials from the UK if they're suspected of war crimes, human rights abuses, or crimes against humanity, and to stem the flow of Russian dark money that is flowing into the City of London.

Blocking and overturning Magnitsky powers has been described as Vladimir Putin's top foreign policy objective, so when the Tory party took the unprecedented step of halting a committee meeting on the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill in order to avoid consideration of Magnitsky powers on February 27th, just three weeks after taking a £30,000 bung from the wife of a known Putin associate, it's hard to draw any other conclusion isn't it?

And now, despite this damning evidence against the Tory government 
(money trail and incriminating behaviour), the mainstream media are uniformally attacking Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour front bench in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack as if they're the Russian stooges!

Corbyn has been condemned for "political point scoring" for pointing out the huge flow of money from Russian oligarchs and Putin cronies into Tory party coffers, his concerns about the Tory blocking of Magnitsky powers have been routinely ignored, he's been attacked on the front pages of the right-wing propaganda rags as a "Kremlin stooge" and Putin's puppet", and the supposedly impartial BBC made up a huge backdrop portraying Jeremy Corbyn as some kind of Russian agent!

These kinds of partisan attacks are to be expected from the right-wing propaganda rags, but when the BBC state broadcaster is spewing the kind of biased, reality-reversing pro-government propaganda you'd expect to see in Putin's Russia, questions really need to be asked.

Aside from the incredible bombardment of reality-reversing propaganda portraying Corbyn as the "Russian stooge" when the money trail points clearly and undeniably at the Tory party, another interesting question comes out of all of this.

If one of Putin's top foreign policy objectives is preventing Magnitsky powers, and the Tory party were gladly doing his bidding by brazenly obstructing political efforts to introduce these Magnitsky powers in Britain, why on earth would they jeopardise their main objective by launching an unprecedented chemical weapons attack on British soil against a retired spy they released from prison years ago?

Of course it's possible that the Russians are so arrogant that they think they can get away with carrying out a chemical weapons attack deep in NATO territory, but even the most rudimentary Russian consideration of the likely outcomes of such an attack would surely have raised the probability of Magnitsky powers being imposed in retaliation.

Of course I'm not arguing that Russia didn't carry out the attack because I'm not privy to the chemical analysis, or any of the intelligence material on the case. To make such a judgement without firm evidence would be to wander off into bonkers conspiracy territory.

However, given the fact that Putin is usually a very smart operator, I think the question of why he would green light such a brazen attack on British soil is a pertinent one, especially given the way the Tory government were pliantly doing his bidding just a few weeks ago by obstructing efforts to impose Magnitsky powers in the UK.

The other pertinent question is why almost the entire UK media has rounded on Jeremy Corbyn to misleadingly present him as some kind of Russian stooge when he's the one who has been pushing hard for Magnitsky powers, and completely let the Tories off the hook for their extremely dubious donations from Russian sources, followed just weeks later by their deliberate obstruction tactics to undermine the implementation of Magnitsky powers.

There's clearly something dreadfully wrong with the BBC that they're ignoring this compelling evidence against the Tory government and running the kind of flagrant pro-government, anti-opposition propaganda you'd actually expect to see in Putin's Russia.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Britain's official diplomatic position "Russia should go away and shut up"!

"Russia should go away and shut up". This is now the official UK government position as outlined by the Tory defence secretary Gavin Williamson in a rambling speech that has been described as "one of the least impressive speeches ever delivered by a government minister".

Incredibly this childish playground taunt style "diplomacy" is being allowed to stand as Britain's official stance because Theresa May is far too weak and incompetent to slap it down.

As long as Theresa May refuses to disown these ridiculous comments Williamson's bizarrely childish taunt is being allowed to stand as the UK's official position!

Given that Williamson came across as a frightened child-like figure, it's no surprise that the Tories have been trying to keep him out of the limelight since Theresa May unexpectedly promoted him way beyond his qualifications or experience to the role of defence secretary. And the horrified reaction of the Tory party to this unexpected promotion makes a lot more sense now that we've seen this.

One of the oddest things about Williamson's taunt is that it's just a few weeks since the Tories auctioned off direct access to him to the wife of a former Putin government minister.

One wonders whether he'll be telling Lubov Chernukhim to "go away and shut up" after taking £30,000 of her cash to buy access to him?

In another part of the speech Williamson accused Russia of "ripping up the international rule book", which is an accusation that would carry a lot more weight if the UK government actually complied with the Chemical Weapons Convention to provide samples of the nerve agent as is required by international law.

It's perplexing how Russians are supposed to "go away and shut up" immediately after they ask the UK government to comply with international law and provide samples of the chemical weapon agent under the framework of the Chemical Weapons Convention, but they're welcomed with open arms if they've got thirty grand or so to lob into Tory party coffers.

It's almost as if Williamson and his Tory mates are a bunch of intellectually stunted money-obsessed hypocrites who resort to childish playground taunts when what is required is some serious adult diplomacy.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Why are the Tories spewing so much synthetic outrage at Jeremy Corbyn?

You may be wondering why the Tories and their cheerleaders in the British mainstream media are so angry with Jeremy Corbyn over his response to the Salisbury chemical weapons attack. In this article I'm going to briefly outline some of the main reasons.

Russian funding of the Tory party

The first reason the Tories are incandescent with rage is that Corbyn dared to raise the £820,000+ that has been pumped into Tory coffers since Theresa May became Prime Minister, including £30,000 just a few weeks ago for the wife of a former Putin government minister to buy access to the current Tory defence secretary Gavin Williamson.

The Tories hate that Corbyn has landed such a telling political blow, but all they can do in response is resort to profoundly hypocritical displays of synthetic outrage

Just weeks ago the Tories and their mates in the mainstream media whipped up a massive storm over ludicrous and libellous allegations that Corbyn had been a Czech spy that were based on a single unreliable and repeatedly discredited source who was such a fantasist that he also claimed to have founded Live Aid.

Given the furore they created over the ridiculous Czech spy nonsense, it's impossible to imagine the Tories not making a massive fuss had it been Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party that had taken vast amounts of Russian cash, and even allowed the wife of a Putin crony to buy access to Labour's shadow defence secretary, rather than them.

But then a propensity for extreme displays of hypocrisy is an essential component of the Tory psyche isn't it?

Magnitsky powers

The next big reason the Tories are furious with Corbyn's stance is that he's been putting pressure on the government to adopt so-called Magnitsky powers to blacklist Russian oligarchs and stop them flooding the UK with their dark money.

The Tories are incandescent with rage over this because they see this flow of dark Russian money as a valuable income stream, both for their political party, and for their reckless gambler mates in the City of London.

Not only would Magnitsky powers harm the flow of Russian dark money into the City of London, it would also create problems for members of some of the brutal and repressive regimes the Tories adore, like the Saudi Arabian tyrants who are committing war crimes and acts of genocide in Yemen.

If new rules are introduced to bar people who are complicit in human rights abuses because of pressure from Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party, tyrants like Crown Prime Bin Salman could be banned from even entering the UK.

International law

Another reason the Tories are furious with Corbyn is the way he's insisting that the UK government should abide by international law by providing samples of the nerve agent used in the attack.

Corbyn has also called for the Tories to make a formal request for evidence from the Russian government under Article 9.2 of the Chemical Weapons Convention, and asked whether the Tories have ensured that High Resolution Trace Analysis has been conducted on the nerve agent so as to establish the location it was produced in.

The apparent reason the Tories hate this evidence-seeking approach from Corbyn, and don't want to abide by the norms of international law is that they want to adopt the hot air and bluster approach to the situation, rather than taking the appropriate actions if the objective was to actually catch the culprit(s) and bring them to justice.


Aside from these three specific reasons (raising Russian donations to the Tory party, calling for Magnitsky powers, and demanding respect for international law) there's one crucial underlying factor without which their synthetic outrage displays would be worthless.

The reason the Tories and the right-wing political commentariat are acting like this is that they know millions of people are naive headline-reading half-wits who simply believe what they're told without checking the details for themselves.

The Tories know that nobody who checked the details of what Corbyn has actually been saying could find fault with his condemnation of the attacks, his criticism of all the Russian cash sloshing around in the Tory party, his call for tougher measures to keep Russian dark money out of the UK, or his demand that the UK government respect international law rather than going for Theresa May's "hot air and bluster" approach.

But they also know that if they resort to outright lies about how Corbyn is "soft" on the Russians (when he's actually calling for the Tories to be much tougher on Russian dark money than they intend to be), their chums in the mainstream media will regurgitate their lies, and millions of naive headline-reading dupes will mindlessly absorb this Orwellian reality-reversing propaganda and believe it as if it's the truth.

Aside from the numerous practical reasons for them to resort to this barrage of lies, the underlying fact is that they resort to bombarding the public with reality-reversing lies because they're arrogant enough to think they'll get away with it.

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Facebook have finally banned the Britain First hate mob

It's taken them years to do it, but Facebook have finally acted to close down the Facebook page of the Britain First hate mob.

Of course the alt-right and neo-fascist political commentators will howl that it's unfair and that their fellow extreme-right fanatics are being "censored for their political views", but the reality is much simpler. The Britain First page has been shut down because they repeatedly and egregiously defied Facebook's community standards.

Aside from inciting hatred towards Muslims and immigrants, they also spread outright lies and shockingly ignorant misrepresentations, desecrated the poppy symbol, promoted misogyny and anti-intellectualism, attacked the minimum wage and low income workers, scammed money out of vulnerable people, routinely censored all criticism to create an extreme-right echo chamber, and encouraged a lawless lynch mob mentality.

Then there were the comments: The outpourings of undiluted glee at acts of genocide against Muslim refugees, the celebration of right-wing terrorist atrocities, and even plots to raise a slush fund to incite more people into carrying out acts of right-wing terrorism.

And then there's the fact that Britain First's leaders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding have been jailed for harassing and defaming innocent people, including shouting abuse through the letterbox of a pregnant woman who had a miscarriage in the following days.

And then there's the fact that two extreme-right terrorists have been radicalised by Britain First:

The extreme-right fanatic who murdered the Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016 was yelling "Britain First" as he did it, and was photographed at a Britain First Northern Brigade event earlier that year.

And the extreme-right terrorist who carried out the deadly Finsbury Park attack was also radicalised by Britain First in the days before he plotted to kill Jeremy Corbyn, then drove a hire van into a crowd of Muslim pedestrians.

The surprising thing isn't that Facebook have banned this vile terrorist-inspiring extreme-right hate group from their site, it's that it's taken them so damned long to do it.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Tory propaganda vs actual reality

The Tory party are absolute masters of creating Orwellian reality-reversing propaganda in order to dress up their biggest failings as wonderful successes that we should be thanking them for!

Take this extraordinary Tweet from the CCHQ Press Office Twitter account. 

Every single one of the five areas they've listed as successes is actually a massive government failure, but they're so arrogant that they imagine the general public to be so gullible that they'll just look at the five green ticks and conclude that the Tories have been doing a great job, without bothering to conduct even the most rudimentary analysis of the actual claims.

This article exists just to provide verification of the information in the red boxes in the critique above.

Box one: The economy

When the Tories sneaked back into power in 2010 they immediately imposed hard-right austerity dogma, with the promise that their agenda of massive cuts to infrastructure investment, welfare spending, workers' wages. and public services would have eliminated the deficit by 2015.

It's now 2018 and there is still a huge deficit, which the Tories are now admitting won't be cleared until 2031

That's 21 years to achieve what they bragged they would do in less than 5!

Anyone would have thought that the Tories would be so ashamed of this that they'd keep as quiet as possible about their economic track record, but they've simply reversed reality in order to blow their trumpets about what a wonderful job they've been doing!

Box two: Public investment

Tory austerity dogma has resulted in the UK getting left behind on the world stage. We've got one of the lowest levels of investment in infrastructure spending in the developed world, and our public services have been cut back to the bone.

Then there's the fact that government funding for local government services (care for the elderly, highways maintenance, public libraries and leisure centres, bin collections, children's services, planning applications ...) has been slashed by an astounding 67% since 2010.

The Tory fixation with hard-right austerity dogma is a cancer eating away at public infrastructure and services, yet they're actually patting themselves on the back and pretending that they've been investing in this stuff rather than slashing it all to pieces.

Box three: Productivity

You'd have to have been living in a lead-lined box for the last few years to have not noticed the fact that the UK is suffering a massive productivity crisis.

Not only has the productivity of UK workers been flat-lining for the best part of a decade (the worst period since the 1820s), all the other major economies in the G20 except South Africa have experienced better productivity growth, meaning we're being badly left behind on the world stage.

The reason for this collapse in UK workers' productivity are obvious. The Tories imposed the longest sustained collapse in workers' wages since records began, and they've also overseen an absolute boom in unstable low-pay jobs like Zero Hours Contracts and fake self-employment in the gig economy.

The Tory drive to turn the UK into a low-wage low-skill economy has come at the expense of trashing workers' productivity, yet once again they're slapping themselves on the back over this catastrophe!

Box four: Housing

Of all the five claims, this is probably the most egregious. Since 2010 the Tories have overseen the lowest levels of house building since the 1920s, which is bad enough in isolation, but in the context of rising demand for housing and house prices soaring out of the reach of millions of ordinary people, it's an absolute bloody catastrophe ...

Yet once again they're seeking to take credit where they should actually be begging the public for forgiveness!

Box five: Environmental issues

In 2015 the Tories announced a massive cut to solar subsidies which predictably resulted in a collapse in solar power installations.

Meanwhile the Tories handed a vast tax break to fracking companies, and even granted licences to frackers despite overwhelming opposition from local people and environmental groups alike.

More recently the Tories have been trying harder to pretend that they care about the environment, but their efforts have been limited to dressing up new EU laws on plastic pollution as their own work, despite the fact that Tory MEPs voted against these new rules as they made their way through the European Parliament.

Once again, the Tories are passing off their failures as successes in the belief that the general public are a hopelessly gullible bunch of halfwits who mindlessly believe what they're told, even though it's entirely at odds with observable reality.

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Why is Tory MP Greg Hands such a liar?

The Tory MP Greg hands is a demonstrable liar spreading 'fake news' on Twitter in a desperate attempt to deflect attention away from the fact that the Tory party is being bankrolled by a bunch of Russian oligarchs.

The golden rule of Twitter is that if your tweet is generating far more comments than retweets, you're doing something wrong, especially if the vast majority of those comments are from people calling you out for being a liar.

Greg Hands' tweet attacking Jeremy Corbyn for supposedly not condemning the Salisbury poison attack fails this Twitter rule spectacularly.

And here's a video clip of the very first words of Corbyn's statement on the Salisbury nerve agent attack:

The reason Hands has resorted to spreading lies on social media is obvious. It's born out of fury that Corbyn dared to point out that the Tory party has taken over £800,000 in donations from Russian oligarchs since Theresa May became Prime Minister, including £30,000 just a few weeks ago for the wife of a former Russian government minister to buy access to the Tory defence secretary Gavin Williamson.

The Tories know that Corbyn has landed a heavy blow by drawing attention to the way Russians have been buying influence and access to Tory government ministers, so they're lashing out in anger, and trying to reverse reality by pretending Corbyn is the Russian stooge.

In reality it's the Tories, because not only have they accepted obscene amounts of cash from Russian sources to fund their party, Tory MPs have also raked in four times the amount for appearances on Russia Today as Labour MPs.

Another main reason Hands has resorted to brazenly dishonest smear-mongering is that he thinks he can get away with it.

Of course a tweet attacking Corbyn for supposedly not condemning the Salisbury attack may have some traction with the most extreme Tory tribailists, but when ordinary non-tribalist people see that the highest rated reply to the tweet is a video clip of Corbyn clearly condemning the attack, the only reasonable conclusion to draw is that the person responsible for the Tweet is a despicable liar.

This kind of dishonest smear-mongering used to work a treat for politicians before the social media age, when public scrutiny was almost entirely controlled by the mainstream media, but nowadays anyone with a Twitter account can call them out on their bullshit by providing links to evidence like Hansard transcripts, fact check sites, or actual video footage.  

The Tories still haven't come to terms with this new reality that their lies can be, and are being, instantly exposed.

They still imagine that they can lie with impunity because they think the British public are a gullible bunch of halfwits without the mental faculties to check things for themselves, or to use evidence to call out liars.

In the social media age this sheer arrogance from the Tories is doing them far more harm than good because way more people will have seen Hands' smear-mongering Tweet in the context of him being a liar, than those who mindlessly took his statement at face value.

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