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Jeremy Corbyn Interview On Woman's Hour Prompts Cries Of Bias, Conspiracy And Anti-Semitic Abuse At Presenter

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30/05/2017 13:41 | Updated 30 May 2017

Jeremy Corbyn’s excruciating appearance on Woman’s Hour has sparked uproar from his supporters who have accused interviewer Emma Barnett of being biased and even a “Zionist”.

The Labour leader was unable to spell out how much Labour’s new childcare policy will cost leading to a mixture of sighs, mumbling and awkward silences as he fumbled with an iPad in a desperate search for the figures.

Barnett went in for the kill asking whether it was indicative of voters being unable to trust Labour with their money.

She added: “It’s quite troubling, this is a policy you are launching today Mr Corbyn and you don’t know how much it’s going to cost.”

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Emma Barnett speaks during Theirworld #RewritingTheCode International Women's Day Breakfast in March.

Barnett’s performance was compared to last night’s leader interviews during which the normally-combatant Jeremy Paxman largely failed to land a blow.

But Corbyn’s supporters were not so pleased, accusing Barnett of bias and being overly aggressive.

Others suggested that not knowing the headline figure on a policy your party has launched just that day wasn’t such a big deal.

Barnett’s Twitter cover photo depicting influential British women even came in for criticism. 

But reaction took a darker turn when Barnett, who grew up “in the Orthodox arm of Judaism”, began receiving anti-Semitic abuse.

Corbyn sharply criticised those levelling abuse at Barnett.

In a speech in Watford, he said: “It is totally and absolutely unacceptable for anyone to abuse anyone.”

The interview was a sharp wake-up call for Corbyn after he was widely regarded to have performed well under a grilling from Paxman during Monday’s TV debates.  

The Labour leader, as expected, was given a tough time by the former Newsnight host when facing the journalist in the Sky News and Channel 4 head-to-head leader interviews.

But observers felt Paxman’s confrontational style was too much, and meant he failed to quiz Corbyn properly.

In particular, Paxman zeroed in on long-held Corbyn beliefs that are not in Labour’s election manifesto, which was supposed to expose him as weak but in reality made the party leader look reasonable. 

 

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