Ok. Not really. Finally the truth is weighing down the noise. As for Mandelson - is he still alive ?

Apparently – but it seems that he has moved over to the Tories.

Party membership figures are a controversial issue, with the former cabinet minister Peter Mandelson, who is opposed to Corbyn, telling a Labour meeting in the Lords last month that “30,000 long-term members have left the party, real members, tens of thousands”.

But the newly released figures undermine his claim, showing a total of 13,860 have left since the general election, some of them having resigned while others have gone as part of natural churn. The increase in membership is continuing, with just under 1,000 having joined since Christmas Eve.

[ Source : The Guardian ]

            <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/15/balanced-debate-jeremy-corbyn-labour-media-attacks?utm_source=esp&amp;utm_medium=Email&amp;utm_campaign=The+Best+of+CiF+base&amp;utm_term=143964&amp;subid=13238355&amp;CMP=ema_1364" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">A great piece by Owen Jones in The Guardian</a>, regarding the ongoing onslaught on Jeremy Corbyn by the media and the 'elite'. Bernie doesn't have it quite as bad here in the USA, since he hasn't yet got to that dominant position of 'numero uno'. Then again, he might never - <a href="http://mediamatters.org/blog/2015/12/11/abc-world-news-tonight-has-devoted-less-than-on/207428" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">as long as the US media treats him this way</a>.<!--more-->

81:1.

Does that ratio seem out of whack? That’s the ratio of TV airtime that ABC World News Tonight has devoted to Donald Trump’s campaign (81 minutes) versus the amount of TV time World News Tonight has devoted to Bernie Sanders’ campaign this year. And even that one minute for Sanders is misleading because the actual number is closer to 20 seconds.

But. To my point. Reading the article in the Guardian, I was reminded so very much of the fictional story ‘A Very British Coup’ – which is actually very close to some of the (conspiracy) theories behind Wilson’s resignation in 1976. The question needs to be asked, is Chapter One in the Playbook ‘Character Assassination ?

What character assassination ? Try this from The London Times (1) …

The new Labour leader treated himself to a black cab at his home yesterday, abandoning the Chairman Mao-style bicycle his neighbours always see him riding.

This is a quote from this article, which is headlined (Andrew) “Marr is snubbed for a day at the church”

Sorry – how many communists prayed at church on Sundays ? And snubbed. Really ? A journalist is so important that the UK’s opposition leader should jump, drop everything just to do his show? I am a fan of Marr – but surely we have our priorities a little confused ?

(1) For readers not familiar with The London Times - it was a bastion of truth in London and the UK for two centuries. Then it was bought by Rupert Murdoch in 1981.