At the time of writing, there are around 21 hours remaining in the 2016 Labour leadership contest. Last night, both Channel 4’s Dispatches programme and the BBC’s Panorama featured ‘exposés’ on supposed problems in the behaviour of Momentum, the Jeremy Corbyn-supporting movement that has become the latest target of wild accusations from some Labour MPs and the establishment media. Neither programme could find anything of substance to report, which begs the question of why they bothered broadcasting – but which, given that a Dispatches ‘reporter’ spent 6 months ‘undercover’ (secretly filming meetings that were almost all open to the public) also speaks volumes because of what they did not find.
However, the most glaring omission was the real, massive Labour scandal that both channels chose (since they can’t realistically be unaware) to ignore: that of the hundreds of thousands of disenfranchised members, particularly the unknown yet surely enormous numbers that…
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