Big newspaper bosses will “do anything” to stop Corbyn, the ex-mayor said
Newspaper barons are trying to discredit Jeremy Corbyn because his election would make it more difficult for them to avoid tax, former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has said.
The former politician said Mail owner Lord Rothermere, Telegraph owners the Barclay brothers and Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Sun and Times, were “tax dodgers”.
“The smearing of Jeremy is exactly what happened to me back in the 1980s and to Tony Benn,” Livingstone said, in an interview with RT this weekend.
He also warned about the lack of media pluralism in the UK.
“The key part of that is not just the smearing by some MPs, it’s the fact that four billionaires own three quarters of the papers that the British people read. I mean Murdoch, Lord Rothermere and the Barclay brothers. They will do anything to prevent a Labour prime minister who’s going to make them start paying their fair share of tax, because they’re all tax dodgers,” he said.