I wrote this week about how Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith’s supporters have been claiming he ‘won’ the first televised debate, pointing to a ‘standing ovation’ Smith received following his closing remarks of evidence that the crowd was behind him and his ‘like Jeremy, but electable‘ mantra – and that the evidence showed clearly that the ‘ovation’ was by a tiny section of the audience.
But there’s more. The supposed acclaim was prompted by a single person, who was clearly leading a small group of people that had managed to sit together – and who, on standing, told the rest of them to get up.
Here’s an animated gif of the moment in question:
In case it’s not clear enough, here’s a link to the original video footage – not annotated, but of a higher resolution: http://imgur.com/vWKMgAY – you can clearly see the first man to stand turn to the rest and say ‘Come on’.
An orchestrated, stage-managed ‘ovation’ to support a candidate that knows nothing but the kind of media/PR tricks used by Tony Blair and the Tories, tells you everything about the
‘unity’ more-of-the-same candidate – and about the right response:
Simple – #voteCorbyn.