Tories Losing Daily Mail Readers and in Disarray 222

You need to don a pretty hefty moral armour before immersing yourself in the comments section of the Daily Mail, but this general election has seen a huge disconnect between the toxic propaganda that the Daily Mail pumps out, and the views of its readers. I should make plain that historically there is no evidence whatsoever that the Mail’s more left wing readers are more likely to leave comment. The threads are usually dominated by strong support for the Tory/UKIP narrative. But this election campaign has seen growing evidence of swelling dissent from the Tory campaign and the line it is taking.

Tonight the Mail has posted as its headline political story, a claim by Amber Rudd that the election of Jeremy Corbyn would increase terrorism. This is pretty appalling, crude stuff set out in the way the Mail believes will appeal to its readers.

But the readers’ reaction is not at all what the Mail is expecting. The Mail has a useful system whereby people can both upvote and downvote a comment and both scores are shown. The most popular comment on this article is the pithy “While her boss sells arms to the Saudis” by Jill in Kent. A large majority of the comments abhor the Tory exploitation of the terror attacks. When even Daily Mail readers find you too tastelessly right wing, you really are in trouble.

The mainstream media continue to move in lockstep. After the social care debacle they appear determined to continue to push terrorism as the dominant issue in the election. The calculation is that perceived Tory strength on this issue will arrest the Tory slide, and it might be argued from recent opinion polls that the Tory decline has at least become less steep. But public distaste at this Tory shroud-waving will accelerate the longer it continues. Expect the media to try to shift the narrative again on Monday, probably back to Trident.

The Tories’ house magazine, the Spectator, has not waited until the election is over to turn on Theresa May. Again the comments sections are worth perusing – while paid-up Tories will still vote Tory, they are not happy at all. May’s paranoia and self-regard are reflected in her choice of dullards for her senior colleagues. The result is that many of the smarter people in her party are feeling excluded. That was not a problem when she was romping home on a carpet of media-induced artificial popularity. But now the going is getting tough, the Tory Party is not a happy place. To mishandle the campaign so badly the Tories are losing Daily Mail readers, is an act of extraordinary political ineptitude.

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222 thoughts on “Tories Losing Daily Mail Readers and in Disarray

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    • Ba'al Zevul

      That’s a damn good article. Exhaustively connects Quilliam with some very debatable people, with the full complicity of HMG. Worth quoting the end –

      Abedi’s path is a perfect storm of blowback involving Islamophobia at home, US bombs abroad and a 2011 UK led regime-change in Libya where jihadists like Abedi were trained to kill and lauded as heroes in the British press.

      People of Britain now have an opportunity to choose between Jeremy Corbyn who has voted against both the Iraq and Libyan blowback-inducing wars and Theresa May who voted for them. It is a choice between security and the benefits of Empire for the elite. Choose wisely.

  • Sharp Ears

    Prof Chossudovsky

    Manchester, Berlin, Paris, Nice, London, New York: Passports and IDs Mysteriously Discovered in the Wake of Terror Attacks
    Global Research, May 27, 2017

    This article reviews the “mysterious” phenomenon of IDs and Passports of terror suspects routinely discovered (often in the rubble) in the wake of a terrorist attack.

    In most cases the alleged suspect was known to the authorities.

    Is there a pattern? The ID papers of the suspect are often left behind, discovered by police in the wake of a terrorist attack.

    According to government and media reports, the suspects are without exception linked to an Al Qaeda affiliated entity.

    None of these terror suspects survived. Dead men do not talk.

    In the case of the tragic events in Manchester, the bankcard of the alleged suicide bomber Salman Abedi was found in his pocket in the wake of the explosion.

    Legitimacy of the official stories? The UK is both a “victim of terrorism” as well as a “State sponsor of terrorism”. Without exception, the governments of Western countries which are victims of terror attacks, have supported, directly or indirectly, the Al Qaeda group of terrorist organizations including the Islamic State (ISIS), which are allegedly responsible for waging these terror attacks. Amply documented Al Qaeda is a creation of the CIA.

    Below is a review of the circumstances and evidence pertaining to passports and IDs discovered in the wake of selected terror attacks, with links to Global Research articles and media reports (2001-2017). (This list is by no means exhaustive)

    From NYC on 9/11 to Manchester, May 2017
    In reverse chronological order

    The Manchester Terror Attack, May 2017.
    Manchester Bomb Suspect Said to Have Had Ties to al Qaeda …–May 23, 2017 MANCHESTER, England — Salman Abedi, the 22-year-old British man … in a suicide-bomb attack, had ties to al Qaeda and had received terrorist training … was identified by a bank card found in his pocket at the scene of the …

    Manchester Attack as MI6 Blowback?
    Evan Jones, May 26, 2017
    “A bankcard has been conveniently found in the pocket of the … Daesh has claimed responsibility for the Manchester attack, but without …”


    Only for those awake and paying attention readers on here.

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