I don’t normally read the Telegraph. Not for nothing is it known as the Torygraph. It’s rabidly right wing in most of its attitudes, in much the same way as the Mail is, but carries a bit more weight, it has more gravitas. I must say it’s very well written and edited, and I’m reliably informed its sport reporting is second to none.
Given its political stance, it may not surprise anybody that the newspaper is vigorously opposed to the idea of Jeremy Corbyn being voted in as leader of the Labour party, a post left empty when the hapless Milliband chucked in the towel after the election in May. Ironically on this they agree with the Labour establishment, who are running round like Chicken Little and yelling that the sky is falling.
One of the things that’s freaking out the Telegraph is that Corbyn is making some noises about renationalising the railways. As Tories they are very free market, despite the fact that the trains are overcrowded, late, and the most expensive in Europe. Network Rail, the operating company that owns the actual track and stations, has just put a load of modernisation work in the north ‘on hold.’ This work, intended to fulfil CallMeDave’s election flagship aim of creating a ‘northern powerhouse,’ has predictably suffered massive overruns and hugely escalating costs, but hey! Free market rules, OK?
Anyway, the Telegraph has been fulminating about this. On Thursday it had the barefaced cheek to say that EU laws require free competition on the railways, though I have to say that the French SNCF seems to have not noticed this. But here’s where the backpedalling comes in.
Only the day before, the paper had been banging on about how British sovereignty had been subjugated by the EU. The paper has campaigned pretty vigorously to get us out of the EU, then invokes EU regulations to support its case against Jeremy Corbyn. That’s a bit two faced, don’t you think?
What’s also two faced is the Labour cabal running a sort of McCarthy approach to the election. They are fighting hard to prevent pro-Corbyn members from voting. Perish the thought that a leader might be elected who was actually popular with the party members. Anyway, Tony Blair has spoken out against Jezzer, and if that’s not a bloody good reason to like Corbyn, I don’t know what is.