One Labour MP criticised the party leader’s links to Press TV, and said he should donate all the money to a Jewish charity.
In 2011 Mr Corbyn took part in a round-table discussion on the channel with journalist Yvonne Ridley, lamenting the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Been on that show myself.

Mr Corbyn told PinkNews his £20,000 fee for four appearances between 2009 and 2012 ‘wasn’t an enormous amount, actually’.

Bastards! I got £90 (err, maybe £70?) a pop!

True, I was doing it while working for Ukip as a press officer. In work training you might call it. What’s it actually like to be live on air, think on your feet (or sitting down) etc. Plus £90 is £90 of course. The one show I really remember was me and an econ professor taking the piss out of some bloke who claimed that the gold dinar was the solution to everything. At one point he started insisting that slivers of gold encased in plastic should be used to make change…….Ah, no, another one, with the Interpal bloke. Yanks had threatened to pull Lloyds US banking licence if they continued to operate a current account for them. Definite over reach there, no?

BTW, yes, I do think Press TV should be allowed to broadcast. Free speech and all that. And anyone who wants to be on it then fine.

But to describe £20k, just about median wage for the average worker for a year, for four hours work as “not an enormous amount, really” is taking the piss.

8 thoughts on “Bastards!”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    No amount of money is worth sitting around with Yvonne Ridley mourning the death of Osama Bin Laden.

    In a just world both would be hanging from the end of a rope at the Traitor’s Gate.

  2. “He said he took part in a few programmes ‘quite a long time ago’, adding: ‘I refused to do any more because there was a change in the process they were operating”

    They dropped their rates?

  3. £20,000 is the new benefits cap. To maintain the logic of their opposition to the cap, they have to insist that it’s a pitifully small sum.

  4. Actually Tim the principle is free speech is fine anywhere outside, but in my home the only free speech is mine. So, Press TV can broadcast over the internet; free speech ‘n’all that. If, however, it wants to broadcast to the UK on a bandwidth that others could use instead then it had better stop broadcasting coerced interviews with torture victims.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Incidentally did you see Corbyn’s latest – and perhaps Iranian inspired – equal opportunities policy? He wants to ban after work drinks.

    Coz they is sexist.

    As women want to get back home to look after the little ‘uns.

    No alcohol and women bare-foot and pregnant at home? It must be Press TV, right? He can’t be that dumb.

    Although I am mildly warming to the learning-impaired twat.

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    Looks like a good way of sponsoring a politician without making a political donation.

    Maybe like transfer rates in business we need a schedule of rates for paying politicians to appear in the media? I’d start with £0 as its their job to explain to us and foreigners our policies either in Govt or opposition.

  7. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Corbyn really does have a tin ear, doesn’t he? His stupidity is compounded by the fact that he himself, though reasonably well-remunerated, is not making enough money for £20,000 to be considered “not an enormous amount, actually”. I mean, unless you’re a hedgie, twenty grand is a damn good chunk of change. It’s an unforced error.

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