The Daily Express has been up to its old tricks of twisting people’s words.
The paper, which in recent months has been trying to halt declining sales and a steady slide into UK tabloid irrelevance by penning a number of articles aimed at attracting the conspiracy theory market, reverted to type in its Wednesday edition this week by writing rubbish on the subject of immigration.
The article in question is titled ‘LAMMY AND LEFT-WING ACTIVIST CHUMS PEN BONKERS LETTER DEMANDING UNCONTROLLED EU MIGRATION’.
But the only bonkers thing is the Express article which is riddled with inaccuracies. For a start the letter – which was published in the Guardian and had over 20 signatories including Labour MP David Lammy (pictured), Green Party leader Caroline Lucas and NUT General Secretary Kevin Courtney – makes no demand for uncontrolled migration at all, from the EU or elsewhere.
It is a letter titled ‘Migrants are not to blame for Britain’s problems’ and merely states the dangers of pandering to anti-immigrant sentiment at a time when racism is on the increase. It mentions valuing the contribution made by migrants and looking after the most vulnerable in society.
There is absolutely no mention of the EU anywhere in the letter. The Express has presumably become so caught up in its Europhobia that it has become delirious and is now seeing the letters EU everywhere it looks.
Other errors included stating that the letter said migrants were being blamed for overcrowding in schools and the state of the NHS (not mentioned in the letter) and that it expressed disappointment with mainstream Labour MPs for being concerned with levels of immigration (it simply voiced a concern that more MPs in general are ‘turning their firepower on immigration’).
It’s a sad state of affairs when a plea not to pander to racism is dismissed as loony left radicalism. But then the Daily Express is a sad state of affairs from front page to back on a daily basis.
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