I found an interesting little snippet in Garrick Alder’s ‘Holding Pattern’ in Lobster 71, for Spring 2016 which casts a little light on the paper’s vehement bias against the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Entitled ‘The Toynbee Prize’ it runs
‘By nature, Labour people are optimists, believing in progress, often against the odds, trusting in the human ability to improve our condition and shape society well, and not just for the sharp-elbowed. Optimism is in our DNA. I have always found some political project I can believe will work.’ (Emphasis supplied)
Thus wrote Polly Toynbee, Limehouse Declaration signatory and failed SDP parliamentary candidate in the class of ‘83 that sank the Foot incarnation of the Labour Party. She composed these words for a December 2015 column in The Guardian, a paper that has endorsed the Liberals, then SDP, then Liberal
Democrats at five of the last 10 General Elections (including both of the 1974 elections and the election in which Ms Toynbee stood). It is a harshly critical column, written with the unmistakable aim of undermining Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party on the occasion of his 100th day in the
Has there been a more nakedly cynical piece of journalistic misrepresentation at The Guardian during the last decade than that represented by her drawing a veil over trying to scupper the Labour Party by joining the SDP and the calculated juxtaposition of the two sentences italicised in the above quote?
Polly Toynbee is thus revealed as having joined the SDP, which was formed by right-wing members of the Labour party in a desperate attempt to destroy the Labour left, while the Groaniad has fluctuated between supporting Labour and the Liberal Dems and their predecessors. Clearly La Toynbee was trying to pass herself off as a Labour party person, when she was and is nothing of the kind, or is only tenuously. But it was clearly a calculated attempt to appear as a loyal party member or supporter so that her attempts to disparage and help unseat Corbyn would be accepted by those who really do support Labour.
The piece is at: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/free/lobster71/lob71-holding-pattern.pdf Scroll down until you find it.