Brian Monteith

Brexit Party candidates pose with leader Nigel Farage and Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Brian Monteith How ‘Vote Tory –get Corbyn’ is no joke

We have been here before in general elections. Campaigns to herd the electorate towards voting for certain candidates or parties they might not usually consider – so as to achieve a desired outcome – are becoming ubiquitous. In this election tactical voting is being encouraged to a record degree to try and deliver a certain result on the issues of Brexit or preserving the UK, but the effectiveness of such initiatives is difficult to prove and may even prove counterproductive.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella. Picture: PA

Brian Monteith: Why Brexit Party vote on Iran was ‘fake news’

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have heard the term “fake news” bandied about. Popularised by Donald Trump during his presidential election campaign to dismiss many of the attacks made on him, the phrase itself is no guarantor of what is fake or real. Yet as a commentator I had until now only read or viewed fake news reports, never before had I been in the eye of a fake news storm. Until last Thursday that is.

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