Will the Sun put #piggate on its front page tomorrow?

What would the Sun do if this story was about Jeremy Corbyn?

 

These are the times that try men’s souls.

Claims the prime minister placed his honourable member in the mouth of a dead pig’s head while a student at Oxford, are like manna from heaven for the tabloid press.

All things being equal, Lord Ashcroft’s claims, published in today’s Daily Mail, would (to mix animal metaphors) be milked for all they are worth by a newspaper like the Sun. 

But for Rupert Murdoch’s flagship red-top, some animals are more equal than others. 

For while the Sun delighted in running cartoons about Ed Miliband every day for the last five years, never missing a chance to ridicule the Labour party leader, his rival David Cameron has been largely spared the same treatment.

Sun eve of election

Now the paper is faced with a choice.

Will the Sun cover the pig’s head claims as if the ‘private parts’ in question belonged to a Labour rather than Tory minister?

Put simply: what would the Sun do if this story was about Jeremy Corbyn?

Already the paper has begun cartooning Miliband’s replacement – including over his love life, decades after events took place.

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How can it justify leaving a target as fat as this go by?

The Sun’s websites have started the bidding today in typical style. Now the question is:

Will the Sun put #piggate on its front page tomorrow?

Will there be giant headline puns and mock-up photos and cartoons?

Or will the paper lay bare its party bias, and make a joke of its claim to equal opportunity irreverence?

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34 Responses to “Will the Sun put #piggate on its front page tomorrow?”

  1. PHIL THOMAS

    Is this the best you can do ? No wonder the LEFT is in disarray.

  2. Selohesra

    And there was me thinking you’d be writing article condemning the Mail as you usually do

  3. NHSGP

    They can rework the headline. Jezter for Jizzer. 🙂

  4. jj

    Why would the article be #Piggate? There was no ‘gate’ involved, really scraping the barrel with this article!

  5. David Lindsay

    We have been here before with David Cameron’s and his supporters’ definition of normal behaviour. For example, it was laughed off when he left his small children down the pub. He was no undergraduate then. He was the Prime Minister.

    But in no other country or party would necrophile bestiality be treated in that way. Of British Tories, however, we just expect this kind of thing. And neither the BBC nor Sky News will even mention it in their paper reviews, instead dropping the mass circulation newspaper that revealed it.

    Both candidates for the Conservative Leadership during this Parliament, one of whom is the Chancellor of the Exchequer, while another is at least nominally the Mayor of London, are also members of the club of which this is the initiation ritual.

    But remember, it is Jeremy Corbyn who is a weirdo from a subculture that bears no resemblance to mainstream society. Isn’t it?

  6. Selohesra

    I think necrophile bestiality implies more of a sexual motive than there really was – if you go to any rugby club there will be many a story to be told of initiation ceremonies that went a bit far, probably involving male nudity and eating/drinking unpleasant stuff. Perhaps if you do go you should try implying a sexual motive there and see if you wake up in hospital

  7. David Lindsay

    Point proved.

    I used to run a student bar much favoured by rugby teams. None of them ever had sex with a dead pig.

  8. Barry_Edwards

    The Right Honourable member for Pigsmouth?

  9. Faerieson

    The contention, this time, is a valid one, so pathetically low have ‘our’media stooped. But, let us not forget that only a short while back LFF were content to join in with the Jeremy Corbyn bashing! ‘We’ really do need to tie ‘our’ shoe laces- left or right?- and stop tripping over the damned things!

  10. barry hearth

    For many “socialist “simply implies communist…………….Now that’s really bad…………..unless you’re Tory then it’s good tp get into bed with those who eat DOG, and build nuclear power stations.

  11. Mark Myword

    Has everybody lost all sense of honour and decency? This disgusting allegation about David Cameron has not been substantiated by a named source or photographic evidence and yet people speak as if it gospel truth. I am not a fan of the PM, but I do feel a degree of respect for his office and for his family. What have we come to? A slavering mob that has lost all sense of discretion and fair play, and Mr Barnett wants the Sun to continue the withch hunt. I despair of this country.

  12. andagain

    If the worst thing anyone can bring up against Cameron is an anonymous, unsubstantiated allegation that while at university he may have taken part in an absurd and embarrasing initiation ceremony, he is perfectly safe.

  13. Equality

    Yes, they did. Full front page. Complete with pig line. So now what? Anything change for you?

    .

    Perhaps it’s time the left’s obsession with newspapers was abandoned in favour of tackling things that actually matter.

  14. Patrick Nelson

    //ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/304/media/images/82294000/jpg/_82294092_cameronwithpig.jpg

    Yes but now the alleged photo is worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. There are probably a few digital copies out there. It is possible the porky clock is ticking for David Piggywinkles Cameron, rumour is survivable but the arrival of the alleged image could probably finish any PM : )

  15. andagain

    This alleged picture could not be found by a vengeful billionaire, so don’t hold your breath.

  16. Patrick Nelson

    : ) Poor old Cameron, who knows what will happen?

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBpQJ98rR4o

  17. Patrick Nelson

    Yes its absolutely ridiculous, we all know know from Jeeves and Wooster that toffs don’t have to PUT THE SAUSAGE BACK IN THE PIG to join a dining club, they have to steal a policeman’s helmet…

    …and as for this shocking piece of puke raising yuckmuckery //www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8LN2QnPdcA urgh : )

  18. Patrick Nelson

    Yes we are all barmy pig fellators !?! Boo to the boring prolish lefties and ra! ra! ra! for the silver spooned pig aficionados : )

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu1ssuBaAGM

  19. Patrick Nelson

    Total, shambles, yes we lefty buffoon idiots should all be more like David Hameron shouldn’t we : )

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM5fPBryRQI

  20. Patrick Nelson

    “Has everybody lost all sense of honour and decency? This disgusting
    allegation about David Cameron has not been substantiated by a named
    source or photographic evidence and yet people speak as if it gospel
    truth. I am not a fan of the PM, but I do feel a degree of respect for
    his office and for his family. What have we come to? A slavering mob
    that has lost all sense of discretion and fair play, and Mr Barnett
    wants the Sun to continue the withch hunt. I despair of this country.”

    You are quite right as hospital beds disappear…
    as the homeless numbers rise…
    as the food banks multiply…
    as the support for low paid workers decreases
    as the disabled kill themselves because they have been classed as fit for work…
    as the remaining ball is cut off the unions leaving workers unprotected…
    as the bosses plot to inflict TTIP upon us…
    and as the country is subverted for the needs of the few against the many…

    we are all pondering on whether David Cameron is a pig ******* when we aready know that he is a ****** ******r.

    //i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/09/21/09/2C96B3D900000578-0-image-a-3_1442825641839.jpg

  21. Patrick Nelson

    Yes you are quite right. Its disgusting that the Tories are using this pig molesting rumour to hide the real truth reflected in this song : )

    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=cW0Zr8lsJ3Q

  22. daijohn

    The subject is the Sun’s reaction to the story and what it would do if it were Jeremy Corbyn. Since when did the Sun seek the evidential criteria you mention?

  23. Patrick Nelson

    “For many “socialist “simply implies communist…………….Now that’s really bad…………..unless you’re Tory then it’s good to get into bed with those who eat DOG, and build nuclear power stations.”

    Spot on and we get treacherous junta types clearly threatening a coup against the 2020 Labour socialist landslide that they are pooping their pants about, yet the Tories are letting China (a quite realistic potential future enemy) build nuclear power plants here. Have the potential security issues with this not entered their claret addled cocaine fuzzled heads?

    //aripspodcast.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/pig-sticking-out-his-tongue.jpg?w=300&h=225

  24. JoeDM

    The extreme left do not have any ‘honour and decency’.

    ‘honour and decency’ is the target of cultural marxism.

  25. Godfrey Paul

    Student pranks. Get over it.

    Better than going on those awful demos.

  26. Vice Squad

    It’s not a simple as that, it is the twisted mindset of a human being to consider a dead creature to be funny, or for them to see the abuse of animals and hunting the norm that are questionable. Compassion is learned at a very early stage, you cannot dismiss this story as mere trivia, the man has lead the country for many years now, hiding his silly pranks from the rest of us whilst Corbyn’s every squeak and fart are scrutinised.

  27. Dark_Heart_of_Toryland

    Presumably, with your concern for honour and decency, you’ve been equally disgusted by the slavering mob which has set out to monster Jeremy Corbyn?

  28. Dark_Heart_of_Toryland

    Oh come on, what ‘honour and decency’ is possessed by the right? The Tories are busily abandoning the sick and the destitute to die. Where’s the ‘honour and decency’ in that?

  29. Faerieson

    Me thinks that Rupert the dead pig, figuratively bit off two mysterious spheres, thus gaining magical control over the whole kingdom. And very few people lived happily ever after.

  30. Faerieson

    When I read this, I almost wished my earlier comment had been less glib. You have perfectly summarised my thoughts.

  31. andagain

    The obsession with newspapers does matter: people are getting the excuses ready for the next Tory landslide.

  32. Patrick Nelson

    That would explain this image…

    //usvsth3m.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/aNMMdCB.jpg

  33. Reed Dee

    It’s probably in Boris Johnsons hands and hanging on his bedroom wall?

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