Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Mr Nasty

If you want to hide all manner of corruption and vileness in the plainest of sight, then position yourself on the right wing of a left-wing party.

The Right's media juggernaut is aimed squarely at the Left, while the Left's inexhaustible energy and commitment, no matter how lacking in resources, are aimed squarely at the Right.

In between the two, you can get away with anything.

Look, if you can bear to do so, at the Clintons. Or look, if you can bear to do so, at Owen Smith.

Smith faked his CV. He buys up fake accounts to cheerlead for him Twitter. He professes himself "normal" because he has a wife and children, unlike Angela Eagle (although she, in her way, is another one).

Smith prolonged people's cancer in order to maximise corporate profits. And he wants to "smash Theresa May back on her heels".

Today, he has been to Orgreave, in an attempt to hijack the memory of the Miners' Strike. There, he announced no fewer than 20 of Jeremy Corbyn's and John McDonnell's policies as his own.

Don't believe a word of it.

The MPs who have nominated him would not have done so if those were his views. Nor would he be receiving the media support that he is. Nor would he enjoy the backing of the most right-wing seven per cent of Labour councillors.

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