Former PM Gordon Brown – who lost the only general election he ever contested as Labour party leader – spoke today to an audience consisting almost entirely of right-wing so-called ‘centrists’ at the Jewish Labour Movement (JLM) conference. Yet it’s Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters who are always looking backwards, of course.
Unsurprisingly, the BBC is giving the conference an unusual level of attention as part of its non-stop coverage of Labour’s ‘antisemitism problem’ – which apparently just “won’t go away”. Presumably, BBC News’ non-stop coverage of the issue is considered to play no part in this.
But the coverage did bring one moment of light relief in a moment from Brown’s speech that felt very like a ‘Freudian slip’ – and certainly many left-wingers will consider it an excerpt from the Labour right’s game-plan:
No, you didn’t mis-hear. Brown told the assembled rightists that they and he must never “allow [them]selves to be in a position where [they] are not the problem”.
Remember this clip every time you hear smears and complaints from centrists and it will all make a lot more sense.
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