Remainer fake news is rampant in this election

Labour, the Lib Dems and the ChUKers have all been caught spreading misinformation.


Topics Brexit Politics UK

The General Election campaign has barely got going and the pro-Remain parties have already been caught spreading obvious misinformation.

From dodgy bar charts to fishy food facts to fake Leave voters, here are some of the worst offences so far:

Anna Soubry’s fake Brexiteer

Anna Soubry retained the pro-Leave seat of Broxtowe as a Conservative in 2017. Since then she has joined the anti-Brexit Independent Group for Change (aka Change UK). In her doomed campaign to retain her seat in this election, Soubry has produced a video featuring ‘Leave voter’ Graham Heal. Apparently, having come to his senses over Brexit, Heal has now decided to back the Brexit-wrecking Soubry. The only snag is that Heal was never a Brexiteer in the first place.

As Guido Fawkes reports, not only did Heal campaign for Remain in 2016, he also stood as a council candidate for the pro-Remain Liberal Democrats in 2017. One wonders if he will even be voting for Soubry’s party of the nought per cent.

Bollocks to bar charts

The Lib Dems have a long and noble tradition of producing ‘creative’ bar charts for election leaflets. ‘Only Lib Dems can win here’ has been appearing on leaflets and posters in nearly every seat for some years now. But in this election campaign, the fakery has reached new heights.

A Lib Dem leaflet in York Outer claims the campaign there is a two-horse race between the Tories and the Lib Dems, despite Labour coming second at the last election. The Tories beat the third-place Lib Dems by over 23,000 votes last time around, but the leaflet implies that there is just a few percentage points between the two parties.

Some of these bar charts are the result of some seriously dodgy polling. As Sky News’ Sophy Ridge pointed out to Jo Swinson last weekend, a leaflet in Jacob Rees-Mogg’s North East Somerset seat used a poll that asked voters to imagine what the result might be in a two-horse race between the Lib Dems and the Tories. So the results are hardly representative of people’s actual voting intentions. Again, in the last election, the Lib Dems trailed both the Tories and Labour in North East Somerset.

Fake food facts and NHS scaremongering

The Labour Party has focused its campaign relentlessly on the prospects of the Tories cutting a post-Brexit trade deal with the US, and the supposedly dystopian impact this would have on the UK.

Jeremy Corbyn has said a ‘Trump-deal Brexit’ would mean Brits finding rat hairs in paprika and maggots in orange juice. Apparently, this is what happens in America all the time. Thankfully, it just isn’t true.

Labour has also been telling tall tales about what would happen to the NHS under a post-Brexit UK-US trade deal. A new election ad shows Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg standing in front of a bus bearing the slogan: ‘We’ll send Trump £500million a week. Let’s fund US drug firms, not our NHS.’ As Channel 4’s FactCheck site makes clear, ‘there’s no evidence that this is the case’.

The nonsense from these parties has been coming thick and fast – and the election campaign isn’t even a week old. We all need to be vigilant in the face of this Remainer fake news.

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colin witts

11th November 2019 at 11:37 am

Goodbye Soubry, You Muppet. Most of us here in Notts will be glad to see the back of you and your mate Chris Leslie, My MP …. thanks for nothing, you went against your constituents and have no morals.

Jonnie Henly

9th November 2019 at 7:01 pm

Hmm, no mention of the Tories doctoring a video to mislead voters?

Oh no, of course not.

Marvin Jones

9th November 2019 at 2:12 pm

Surely, but surely the supporters of this maternal mob of imbeciles who profess that in case of an Armageddon result in the GE, they would ignore the result of the 2016 referendum, with absolutely no explaining to the 17.4 leave voters whom they regard as ignorant and stupid peasants that should not have had the chance in the first place. This makes them the most blatant undemocratic radical oafs ever, and so for their supporters.

antoni orgill

9th November 2019 at 9:38 am

I won’t vote on the basis that my sanity is worth more than the non-delivery of dumb-assed expectations by serial liars, rank opportunists, hypocrites, corrupt control freaks, thieves, buffoons and rape/racism/exploitation apologists …

Quentin Vole

8th November 2019 at 10:21 pm

Surely it must be a breach of advertising standards for a party to call itself the ‘Liberal Democrats’ when it is neither liberal (in any sense that would be recognised by J S Mill) nor democratic.

Ven Oods

9th November 2019 at 2:11 pm

Come to that, how about Labour acting against blue-collar Leavers, and the Conservatives not promoting condoms?
Only the Brexit Party ‘does what it says on the tin’ (for now).

Jim Lawrie

8th November 2019 at 9:41 pm

Anyone voting Conservative ought to bear in mind the fake positions of many candidates, and that once elected they will again jump ship, returning the country to where it was 2 weeks ago.

jessica christon

8th November 2019 at 8:50 pm

What’s this “Jo Swinson’s Liberal Democrats” rubbish – who does she think she is, Jeff Lynn? When she first came into parliament I quite liked her, but these days she’s just awful!

Jim Lawrie

9th November 2019 at 12:14 am

I think as a woman you are supposed to flip to automaton mode at the sight of another woman leading a Party and place X next to the orange box, if there is one.

Hersch Schneider

9th November 2019 at 6:02 pm

Jeff Lynn 🙂

Enjoyed that

jessica christon

10th November 2019 at 8:36 am

Thanks. I understood why he did that but with Swinson it’s just a case of pure narcissism!

Peter Gardner

8th November 2019 at 8:31 pm

For the last three years Remoaners have been claiming that Leavers ate thick, uneducated and easily duped by obvious lies of the Leave campaigns.
Now it seems they think their own supporters are even more stupid.

Rod Conrad

8th November 2019 at 7:59 pm

Had to laugh at this one, really cracked me up. There is so much fake news from Boris and Farage , they’ve lost touch with reality. You have to fight fire with fire … suck it up.

Peter Gardner

8th November 2019 at 8:32 pm

So you admit the Remoaner cause is complete BS.

Jim Lawrie

8th November 2019 at 9:37 pm

An example of fake news from Nigel Farage in this General election campaign?

jessica christon

9th November 2019 at 10:54 am

I haven’t heard hardly anything at all from Nigel Farage. There’s a deliberate attempt in the media to present Labour and Conservative (remain and BINO) as the only options we have, even though TBP and “Jo Swinson’s Lib Dems” are the only honest positions in this election.

Jerry Owen

9th November 2019 at 10:45 am

And Farage’s fake news is … ?

Jerry Owen

8th November 2019 at 5:40 pm

The simple fact is that we are being told lies in an election campaign , where is the EC in all this.. oh I forgot !
They are all a disgrace and how anyone can vote for any of the big two and the little clinger is beyond me.
I’ll be voting for the party not mentioned above.

A Game

8th November 2019 at 4:53 pm

Those bar graphs are a hoot. Its funny that despite the framing of the question, the Tories still beat them, and despite the framing of the question – if its a two horse race between the Lib Dems and the Tories, some people fight the power and still answer Labour. Lol, lol, lol.
I suppose the Labour machine will get their creaking parts into action in some of these seats, shortly. There’s no remain alliance there. And from what I’ve seen, the best form of attack on Lib Dems candidates is to just get them talking. They’ll end up saying “racist” or “undeducated” before too long. I think you are a deadsh*t! Vote for me!

Its quite scandalous the lies and deliberately misleading Labour Campaign about the NHS. Really awful to want people’s votes this way. What is interesting… why aren’t there genuine flaws to be argued? Why the need to rely on xenophobia and ignorance of trading systems and that the NHS are captains of their own destiny in what drugs they do or don’t buy. And this reliance on using the name Trump, over and over. Again, I find myself using the word, provincial.
And that goes for the food scare. American food can be some of the best in the world. A lot of Remainers, especially the ones in show business, can testify to that.

That Guido video is a laugh. Love the music. Isn’t it awful. That they couldn’t find a single person who genuinely voted Leave and have changed their mind and likes Soubry and will be voting for her. And that this blokes social media is there… sitting… waiting to be dug up.
They are the poster children for why Brexit has to happen. Politics is indeed a swamp. The UK has dumbed down being in the EU. Well, leave voters have a clue. Those remainers… caw… they’d believe anything.

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