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Corbyn’s NHS dossier is a “dead cat” strategy if there ever was one—but will it work?

The Labour leader is exaggerating the immediate risk to the health service, but there is no question that Trump’s trade demands will be hard line

By Rachel Sylvester  

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

It’s known as the “dead cat” strategy. When political leaders are in trouble they like to produce a diversion so dramatic, outrageous and alarming that, as the Australian strategist Lynton Crosby once put it “everyone will shout ‘Jeez, mate, there’s a dead cat on the table!’ In other words, they will be talking about the dead cat—the thing you want them to talk about—and they will not be talking about the issue that has been…

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