YOU know things are getting really, really, really serious when the media establishment are now so worried about the total incompetence of the Tory government and the prospect of a looming depression, never mind recession, that they decide something must be done to distract the public.

Cue a right-wing Sunday tabloid’s 15-page highly personal propaganda attack that would have been applauded by Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels.

The targets in the past have been Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, this time it was Jeremy Corbyn. It was a classic technique employed by this section of our freedom-loving media whereby it’s the person who is demonised, not the party or the policies. People can’t be bothered relating to policies – instead give them a simple message of hate.

Even for this normally hate-fuelled paper this was an exceptional piece of character assassination. Its intention was clear: you may hate this criminally incompetent government and where it’s taking us, but we’ll make you hate and fear the alternative.

Mike Herd