Right-wing press spins businessman's comments

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John Mills, an honest and honourable businessman and the Labour Party's largest individual donor (he donated £1.6 million worth of shares of his successful company JML to the Labour Party), decided to speak to the press to attempt to demonstrate that there were business supporters standing behind the Labour Party. To his credit, men of his generation are not wont to expect the kind of relentless spinning and misrepresentation you see in the right-wing press;

On Saturday, I was rung by a reporter from the Mail on Sunday and I did my damnedest to explain how much I support the Party and avoid saying anything which could be misconstrued as criticism. I was determined not to say anything that might be used to damage Labour. I came off the phone thinking that I was reasonably sure there was nothing that could be twisted. But I was wrong.

Unfortunately the Mail on Sunday decided to twist what I had said and turned the whole thing into me criticising Ed and the party. They had no story but that wasn’t a problem – they just created one. Sadly, The Independent then decided to take the whole thing one step further and wrote its own wildly inaccurate article bizarrely linking my comments with those of Stefano Pessina, the head of the Boots chemists chain

Obviously, this whole saga then created an opening for the Prime Minster to attack Ed about donations at Prime Minister’s Questions, mentioning me specifically. I don’t necessarily blame Cameron. The Mail on Sunday and The Independent had written about me, I was fresh in his mind, and I assume I’m possibly now in Cameron’s PMQs briefing pack under the section marked: ‘Quick wins/Easy targets’.
These Mail on Sunday parasites should be ashamed of themselves. John Mill actually does something socially-useful, engaging in commerce and creating jobs. And he supports the Labour Party. What have these right-wing hacks ever done except relentlessly spin and propagandise in the interests of a failing Conservative Party that hasn't won an election outright in over 20 years?
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John Mills, an honest and honourable businessman and the Labour Party's largest individual donor (he donated £1.6 million worth of shares of his successful company JML to the Labour Party), decided to speak to the press to attempt to demonstrate that there were business supporters standing behind the Labour Party. To his credit, men of his generation are not wont to expect the kind of relentless spinning and misrepresentation you see in the right-wing press;



These Mail on Sunday parasites should be ashamed of themselves. John Mill actually does something socially-useful, engaging in commerce and creating jobs. And he supports the Labour Party. What have these right-wing hacks ever done except relentlessly spin and propagandise in the interests of a failing Conservative Party that hasn't won an election outright in over 20 years?
He said it was the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail's Sunday paper. I' expect that kind of rubbish from the DM. I'm a bit surprised other papers reported on it without checking though (e.g. the Independent).

The media often twists and misrepresents what was actually said or what actually happened in order to create a story out of nothing or very little. It's absolutely disgusting.
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This is part of the reason why it is considered a left labour government can never win. Suggesting big business should pay tax brings down the weight of the right wing press. So a labour party further to the right than pre thatcher Tory parties is now considered too far left.
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Here's another example of the DM misrepresenting something to make a story.

Labour policy is "age appropriate" sex education to be compulsory in primary schools, with a focus on homophobic bullying. The DM said Labour want sex ed lessons for 5 year olds, which is not in Labour policy at all.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015...n_6611652.html

I had a feeling from the moment I saw that DM front page that the story wouldn't be as it seemed. Looks like I was right, and the actual policy is reasonable.
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John Mills, an honest and honourable businessman and the Labour Party's largest individual donor (he donated £1.6 million worth of shares of his successful company JML to the Labour Party), decided to speak to the press to attempt to demonstrate that there were business supporters standing behind the Labour Party. To his credit, men of his generation are not wont to expect the kind of relentless spinning and misrepresentation you see in the right-wing press;



These Mail on Sunday parasites should be ashamed of themselves. John Mill actually does something socially-useful, engaging in commerce and creating jobs. And he supports the Labour Party. What have these right-wing hacks ever done except relentlessly spin and propagandise in the interests of a failing Conservative Party that hasn't won an election outright in over 20 years?
I can't even see a single shred of evidence there for whether they did spin anything or not. So your point?

Everybody knows Labour are anti-business, why do you think the stock market tumbles if Labour get in?
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This is part of the reason why it is considered a left labour government can never win. Suggesting big business should pay tax brings down the weight of the right wing press. So a labour party further to the right than pre thatcher Tory parties is now considered too far left.
We wouldnt need such huge tax receipts if we didn't go around throwing benefit money like confetti AND pay child benefits to children in Poland!
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We wouldnt need such huge tax receipts if we didn't go around throwing benefit money like confetti
Like confetti? Is that what you call an ATOS assessment?

AND pay child benefits to children in Poland!
Not that I agree with that, but what is the exact pound figure that this costs?
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