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Tories set up fake ‘fact-checking service’ to endorse Boris Johnson during election debate

 

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The Conservatives have been criticised for setting up a fake “fact-checking” service to endorse Boris Johnson during Tuesday night’s televised election debate.

 

The party’s press office rebranded its Twitter account as ‘factcheckUK’ during the programme and removed any obvious mention of the party from its username and images and profile – before using the platform to tweet endorsements of its own positions.

 

Bona fide fact-checking organisations condemned the move as “inappropriate” while a top EU politicians said it amounted to “dystopian” disinformation of the kind seen in authoritarian states.

 
“Dystopian. Not even [Hungarian far-right prime minister Viktor] Orban or the Polish PiS [ruling party] would dream this up, let alone do it,” said Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s Brexit coordinator.

The account, usually used for press releases from Conservative Party HQ, normally bears the party’s logo and branding as the account of the “Official Conservative Party Press Office”.

 

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The sheer fucking arrogance of this woman, when she dismissively says "Not just people in Westminster" with a sarcastic smirk.

I could kick her, and her Cabinet colleague's arses all day long.  Uncaring bastards.

In the past, she's blamed all the government's failures on the EU. She's morally corrupt and lacking any empathy.  Clueless.

She is giving this interview standing in a food bank, FFS.

 

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/top-tory-priti-patel-arrogantly-20926111

 

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My irony meter has just fucking exploded.

 

 

Today’s ⁦@EveningStandard⁩: we launch our biggest ever campaign, tackling homelessness, starting this Christmas with a focus on homeless women.

 

Says George Gideon Osborne, Editor of the Evening Standard and former Chancellor of the Exchequer 2010 - 2016.

 

Osborne  "Hello, I need the Fire Brigade"

Operator  "Did you discover the fire?"

Osborne  "No, I started it".

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More dirty tricks from the tories... :angry:

 

Tories set up 'Labour manifesto' website to attack Corbyn's plans

 

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A website purporting to showcase Labour’s manifesto but which instead attacks the party’s policies has been set up by the Conservatives just days after the party faced criticism for misleading the public with a similar stunt.

 

The official Tory Twitter account posted a link to the website, which displays a picture of Jeremy Corbyn looking confused, using the URL “Labourmanifesto.co.uk”.

 

The website, coloured in Labour red and registered only three days ago, states: “Labour’s 2019 manifesto … No plan for Brexit. Higher taxes. Two more referendums.”

 

The Conservatives had apparently paid for a Google advert which meant internet browsers were directed to the website when they searched for “Labour”.

 

It comes after the Conservatives prompted widespread criticism, including from Twitter, after the party rebranded one of its official accounts to make it look like a factchecking service during the ITV leaders’ debate on Wednesday evening.

 

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What do you expect from a bunch of self serving greedy lying entitled bunch of twats? Honesty and fair play?

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Boris Johnson's Conservative Party election campaign funded by wife of former Putin ally

 

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Boris Johnson's Conservative Party election campaign received a six-figure donation from the wife of a former finance minister and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

The prime minister's party received £5.7 million in donations in the first week of the campaign, mostly from senior business figures and hedge funds, more than 25 times the amount raised by the opposition Labour Party.

 

One of the largest single donors was Lubov Chernukhin, the wife of the Russian oligarch Vladimir Chernukhin. She donated £200,000 to the Conservative campaign.

 

Chernukhin previously paid £160,000 for a tennis match with Johnson and £135,000 for a night out with former Prime Minister Theresa May.

 

The donation came as Johnson refused to publish a report by Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee about potential Russian interference in recent UK elections.

 

The committee looked into donations from nine Russian sources, according to a report by The Sunday Times.

 

Johnson blocked the report, which was set to be published before the election campaign, because of fears that the information would damage his chance of winning the UK general election next month, sources told The Times.

 

Among those donors named in the report is Alexander Temerko, who worked for the Russian defense ministry and has previously boasted that the prime minister is his "friend," The Sunday Times said. Temerko has donated more than £1.2 million to the Conservatives in seven years, according to the report.

 

The committee also reportedly heard concerns about Alexander Lebedev, a former Russian spy who owns the Evening Standard and Independent newspapers.

 

Lebedev is not a Conservative Party donor, but his son, Evgeny, is a close friend of the prime minister and repeatedly hosted him for parties at his castle in Perugia, Italy, while Johnson was the mayor of London and the foreign secretary. Concerns were raised about Johnson's decision to attend the events, where guests have said that "nothing is off the menu from the moment you are greeted to the moment you leave."

 

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Tory home secretary Priti Patel says ‘you can’t blame the government for poverty’

 

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Priti Patel has been criticised for claiming the government is not to blame for poverty

 

“Everybody just says it’s the government as if it’s this bland blob you can just go and blame,” the Conservative home secretary told BBC North West.

 

When asked if the government was responsible for poverty, Ms Patel said: “Well, it’s not. It’s all parts of society and the structures. Local authorities have a role to play, education, public services, which are locally led and locally run.”

 
Labour politicians condemned Ms Patel’s remarks by recalling the impact of government austerity measures, which were announced in 2010. 
 
John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said: “Priti Patel’s claims in this video are yet another example of the Tory government cruelty.”

She really is a disgusting, arrogant bitch...

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Stand back from your computer 4.30 in, as Liz Truss gets severely burned.

 

 

 

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Priti Patel has come under fire after suggesting that poverty ‘isn’t the government’s fault’.

Asked about the fact that four in 10 children in parts of Barrow in Cumbria are born into poverty, the Home Secretary blamed local government and services.

Ms Patel made the comments on a visit to Barrow and Furness, where Labour won by a majority of just 209 in the 2017 general election - making it a key target for the Conservatives.

“Well it’s appalling,” she told BBC North West Tonight.

“It’s not the Government though is it? Everybody just says it’s the Government as if it’s this sort of like bland blob that you know, you can just go and blame.”...

 

 

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More than 300,000 people register to vote in one day in ‘largest ever pre-election surge’

 

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More than 300,000 people, including over 200,000 under-35s, registered to vote in the general election on Friday in what is thought to be the largest surge in pre-election registration in UK political history.

 

The race to join the electoral roll took place on the unofficial National Voter Registration Day declared by campaigners and backed by civil society groups and trade unions with the social media hashtag #RegisterToVote.

 

Some 308,000 registrations were recorded in the space of 24 hours, the vast majority of them online.

 
Among those signing up to vote in the 12 December general election were 103,000 under-25s, 103,000 25-34 year-olds, 53,000 35-44 year-olds, 28,500 45-54 year-olds and around 20,000 over-54s

.The figures, released by the Cabinet Office, represent a boost for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, which enjoys its strongest support among younger generations and backed yesterday’s registration drive.

 

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22 hours ago, hooperski said:

Stand back from your computer 4.30 in, as Liz Truss gets severely burned.

 

 

 

She's not a very convincing liar is she? :lol:

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Boris Johnson flounders as he fails to defend Tories’ fake factchecker at manifesto launch

 

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Boris Johnson was left floundering at today’s Conservative manifesto launch as he failed to defend the party over its “fake newsTwitter scandal.

 

The prime minister was knocked off his stride at the launch event in Telford by a question on the scandal, which he claimed not to have followed.

 

For a few moments, his normally confident and fluent speaking style dried up as he struggled to find a response.

 

After an few sentences peppered with ums and ers, he finally recovered his flow by diverting the conversation onto one of his well-worn routines about Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit stance.

 

Tories were accused of misleading the public after they temporarily rebranded one of their official party accounts to make it look like a factchecking service during a TV leaders debate between Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday.

 Do follow this link, you'll see what a gibbering idiot the PM truly is...

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