Monday, January 27, 2020

Why are the Right-Wing tabloids targeting RLB?



From all the Labour leadership candidates, RLB is the one who the Daily Mail & the Sun are most keen to attack. Why is that?

Since she declared that she was standing to be Labour leader, Rebecca Long-Bailey has faced from most outrageous attacks from Right-Wing newspapers and Right-Wing blogs. Attacks on her physical appearance, attacks on her Catholic faith & even attacks on her husband. 

Why? Why are the Right-Wing so keen to go after her?

The Tory blog Guido Fawkes did a story claiming her husband (Steve Bailey) is a Multi-Millionaire Director. Turns out this was a different Steve Bailey. The Daily Telegraph had an article insulting the shape of her face.

The Daily Mail ran a story attacking her for living in a nice house which of course was followed by comments by their readers calling her hypocrite for this because how dare a socialist live in a nice house!!! The Sun did a number of attacks including one where they reported that Labour-Right MPs will quit the Party if she becomes leader.

And all this does not include the attacks on her Catholic faith which took the smears to a whole new level. Despite being as progressive as anyone, due to her faith, based on an article from the very dodgy blog - Red Roar - people started claiming she opposes the right for women to choose. It was total nonsense but in today's world, its now the norm for untrue news to be believed.

In many ways these attacks are even worse than the Right-Wing's attacks on Jeremy Corbyn. Yes, of course he faced awful attacks but the attacks on her seem even more personal.

The question of course is why? Why are the Right-Wing focusing on RLB? We are told she is unelectable and no threat to the Tory Party, so if that is the case, why are the right focusing on her? Surely if she was no threat then they'd just ignore her.

The reason is that she is a threat to the Tories. People forget that while the 2019 election was a disaster for Labour, the 2017 election went quite well for them. The Party went from 30% (under Ed Miliband) to 40% (with Corbyn) and this frightened the hell out of not just the Tory Party but the entire establishment.

The fear hence is that RLB can do the same and better especially due to her focus on the Green New Deal. Climate Change has often been treated as a non-issue in UK politics, but it is becoming the number one issue for the young as fires & floods rage across the world. 

Labour already did very well with Corbyn among those born after 1990s and with RLB set to fight on a manifesto with the Green New Deal as her top policy, they could get that extra 2% to 3% more than they did in 2017 and come to power.

One of the reasons Labour just fell short of a victory in 2017 was that the youth turnout was quite a lot lower than the turnout of people aged 65+. In order to correct that, Labour need a policy to get the youth registered before the 2024 election and out voting Labour.

The Green New Deal with RLB leading the party is that policy, the Right-Wing know this and this why they are now so desperate to see her lose.