Dick Coughlan on the Telegraph’s Five Fails Attacking Jeremy Corbyn

In this piece from Dick Coughlan, he critiques and refutes the Torygraph’s attempts to smear Corbyn has another self-interested politico profiting from tax-payers’ money. The Torygraph resorted to this in the wake of the Panama Papers, which showed just how much members of the super-rich, including Dodgy Dave Cameron, had used offshore companies to avoid paying tax. The Torygraph therefore ran a hit piece on Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, claiming that he had a salary of over £3 million. Coughlan shows how that’s not actually a refutation of the charge against Cameron. It’s just a rather shabby diversion. And their facts about Corbyn are fundamentally skewed. Firstly, the £3 million are the total sum Corbyn has made to date throughout his career, as released in his tax records by, er, Jeremy Corbyn. This includes the £1.6m pension he will get when he retires. This is the exact same sum as every other MP. Similar inflated figures could also be made for everyone else’s income by the same method the Torygraph used to smear Corbyn. If you added up most people’s annual salaries for every year they’ve been employed, it would similarly make them much richer than they actually are. For example, if someone has a salary of £8,000 a year, and has been employed by a firm for three years, you could claim that they have had an income of £24,000. But this would not mean that they had £24,000 in the bank by any means. This is the type of dodgy accounting that the Torygraph used to smear Corbyn. Corbyn has also made smaller amounts of money from an inheritance left him by his mother, and from a couple of speeches he has made on the lecture circuit. All of which he has declared and paid tax on.

And then Coughlan points out that the Telegraph’s bias is shown by the fact that they haven’t covered how much Boris Johnson has made from sales of his book and various private activities, nor the tax-dodging arrangements of the Torygraph’s own proprietors, the weirdo Barclay Twins.

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One Response to “Dick Coughlan on the Telegraph’s Five Fails Attacking Jeremy Corbyn”

  1. Ctesias62 Says:

    But by the standards of the oily Alan Duncan he’s modestly wealthy and therefore only slightly less worthy than Mr D.

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