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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Corbyn rival Owen Smith's 'brand positioning'

KUWG leafleters outside Kilburn Jobcentre yesterday heard with some hilarity of Jeremy Corbin's Labour Party leadership rival Owen Smith's release of a manifesto for his leadership bid. In terms of worker representation and rights, it really did seem that he wanted to 'out-Corbin Jeremy Corbin'.(1)

Then today a news story came this blogger's way, Former miner tackles Owen Smith for 'exploiting Orgreave as the site for his policy speech'.(2) Owen Smith's siting himself at Orgreave for his policy speech brings to mind these words from Craig Murray's blog:
Note “to pitch himself”. For PR professional Smith, political stance is nothing to do with personal belief, it is to do with brand positioning. On Channel 4 News last night, an incredulous Michael Crick pointed out that the “soft left” Smith had previously given interviews supporting PFI and privatisation in the health service. He also strongly supported Blair’s city academies.(3)
Meanwhile, though this blogger is sympathetic to Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is not the only political party having leadership elections at present; and as I am a member of the Green Party of England & Wales, I ought to get my head around the choices I am faced with for Leader and Deputy Leader.(4)

Dude Swheatie of Kwug

Link addresses

  1. Meanwhile, the Institute for Employment Rights think tank is claiming Smith's policies as theirs http://www.ier.org.uk/news/owen-smith-workers-policies-mirror-ier-manifesto
  2. http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2016/07/28/former-miner-tackles-owen-smith-for-exploiting-orgreave-as-the-site-for-his-policy-speech/
  3. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2016/07/entirely-fake-owen-smith/
  4. http://londongreenleft.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/green-party-leader-deputy-and-tulo.html

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