Corbyn has sacked Owen Smith after he called for a second referendum. Distracts from the mural at least…
Sunday morning laughs for Corbynistas…
— Owen Smith (@OwenSmith_MP) 11 April 2017
Owen Smith’s twitter is an odd sight at the moment: 11 tweets have been posted asking for a retweet regarding a youth group in Pontypridd. Either hacked or really, really desperate for a re-tweet…
How quickly they forget…
— The Agenda (@agendaitv) November 21, 2016
Piers Morgan: “Are you prepared to stand there, as a democratically elected politician in this country, and vote against the democratic will of the people?”
Owen Smith: “Yes, in respect of this I absolutely am.”
No further questions.
Shots fired from one time Labour leadership candidate Owen Smith at the occasionally Corbyn-sympathetic Buzzfeed this morning:
Buzzfeed’s political editor hits back:
Other Buzzfeed staff are responding by tweeting their entire back catalogue of negative stories about Smith:
To be fair to Buzzfeed, they command more respect in Westminster than Owen Smith…
Tom Watson says he wants to “put the band back together” after Saturday and encourage “all the talents” to return to the Shadow Cabinet and serve under Corbyn. Words of unity from the deputy leader. Someone should tell his girlfriend Steph Peacock, who unfortunately walked into shot during the Guardian’s trip round Birmingham with Owen Smith, revealing she’s been helping his campaign. Ooops…
UPDATE: A Corbyn ally gets in touch: “Everyone knows that Owen Smith is just Watson’s “useful idiot”, unfortunately for Watson he hasn’t lived up to the useful part of the phrase.” Miaow!
Benji Wegg-Prosser, Peter Mandelson’s aide who is now his managing partner at Global Counsel, the advisory and lobbying operation set up to cash in on the corporate contacts of the Prince of Darkness, is one of the funders of Owen Smith’s leadership bid. Electoral Commission data released yesterday shows he lent £10,000 to Labour Tomorrow Ltd, which in turn gave the money to “Saving Labour“, the anti-Corbyn organisation trying to sign-up moderates to the Labour Party to oust Jezza.
The idea that Owen Smith is a left-winger when he is privately backed by Mandelson and allies is just incomprehensible. Guido suspects Benji is wasting his money…
A regretful Owen Smith has stopped short of conceding but tells the Guardian he never wanted to challenge Corbyn. In fairness, he never really did.
Guardian: Was nine months really enough time before MPs tried to oust a politician elected by the party’s membership?
Smith: “I wasn’t in favour of there being a challenge…”
Guardian: So you would have preferred to see Corbyn allowed to carry on for longer?
Smith: “Yes, is the honest answer.”
He’ll get his wish on Saturday.
One of several moments during last night’s Labour leadership Question Time that Owen Smith was booed by the audience:
Dimbleby: “Unless I misunderstood you, you said you would like to see Labour going into the next election saying: our party policy is to go back into the EU.”
Dimbleby: “To ignore the Brexit vote?”
It’s like he’s trying to prove he could destroy Labour faster than Corbyn…
Oily Smith has helpfully written to Jezza with some advice on tactics at PMQs:
“Of course, with six questions, you could cover more than one topic … although you know from your own experience that covering too many topics in one session can make the scrutiny less effective.”
Oily as always faces both ways and then splits the difference. Yeah but no but don’t stick to one subject but don’t do too many…
UPDATE: Treated with disdain…
— Jeremy4Labour Press (@JfLpress) September 7, 2016
Owen Smith told a hustings last night…
‘We’re not champagne socialists but we do want champagne for everyone.’
Kay Burley gave Owen Smith some home truths on Sky News, but Oily was in denial:
Kay: “You’re toast, aren’t you? I mean, you’ve got no chance of being Labour leader.”
Owen: “I don’t agree with that at all. There’s been one poll that puts me 20 points behind…”
Kay: “24 points, in fact.”
Owen: “Yeah well, the truth is it’s a poll based on last year’s data, last year’s selectorate… Our data, the polling that we’ve been doing, the phone banking that we’ve been doing shows that this is still balanced on a knife edge. It’s 50-50.”
Kay: “Are you sure Mr Smith?”
Owen: “Positive. Positive.”
Kay: “Are you really? Really?”
Owen Smith has told the BBC he does not oppose a second Scottish independence referendum:
BBC: Is Brexit not a trigger for a second Scottish referendum?
OS: “Well it would be for the SNP to choose to put that to the Scottish people, wouldn’t it, and it’s for the Scottish people ultimately to determine that’s what they want…”
BBC: Would you oppose a second referendum?
OS: “No, of course not. If the Scottish people chose that’s what they wanted and there was agreement in the Labour Party then that would be for them to determine.”
“Of course not…”
UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Jeremy for Labour campaign slaps down Smith:
“The Scottish Labour Party manifesto was clear that Scottish Labour opposes a second referendum, but fundamentally this is an issue for the Scottish Parliament and not Owen Smith to decide.”
Corbyn is beating Smith by 62% to 38% with YouGov, a lead of 24 points.
Incidentally #Traingate encouraged people planning to vote for Jezza, 18% said the events had given them a more positive view of the leader, compared to just 5% who said it had given them a more negative view.
He’s on course for a bigger mandate than last time round. Jez we can…
— Owen Smith 2016 (@owensmith2016) August 30, 2016
What job is the red nail polished hand doing on the side of the bus?
Well Owen did tell us he doesn’t need Viagra…
What is it about Owen Smith and Big Pharma lobbyists? Fresh from hiring Pfizer PR guru Jon Lehal as his chief of operations, Smith has taken on a former AstraZeneca lobbyist as his director of communications. Will Tanner was until recently the head of Finsbury PR’s UK public affairs team, where he proudly boasted of his work for top pharmaceutical companies. Tanner has for the last decade been right hand man to mega-rich super-lobbyist Roland Rudd, the Remain campaign’s éminence grise. Which explains why Smith is so keen on his democracy-defying plan for a second referendum. Oily Smith is a former Big Pharma lobbyist, whose campaign is being run by a former Big Pharma lobbyist, and whose spinner is another former Big Pharma lobbyist…
UPDATE: A pro-Corbyn source gets in touch:
“What would Nye say? Pretending to be the heir to Nye Bevan and having one big pharma lobbyist running your campaign is sloppy, but having two is either suspicious or incompetent or both. It’s clear now that Owen Smith doesn’t give a Pfizer about our NHS.”
Hard left anti-ISIS fighters branding themselves the Bob Crow Brigade have slammed Owen “Oily” Smith’s desire to talk to ISIS. Armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and standing in front of a wall in what appears to be a ruined town, fighters stand below graffiti which reads:
“@OwenSmith2016 Want to talk to ISIS? Tell that to the Martyrs of Manbij.
‘If you fight, you won’t always win. If you don’t fight, you will always lose.'”
The latter is a quote from deceased former RMT chief Bob Crow. This particular unit of British fighters is part of the larger International Freedom Battalion, and have previously posed with graffiti praising the rail strikers. Looks like Smith has lost the Rojava vote…