Smith’s attempt to attack Corbyn’s effort in EU referendum campaign ended in embarrassment – but so-called ‘centrists’ appear to have learned no lessons
A video of a debate from the Labour leadership campaign almost exactly three years ago has demonstrated that the tactics of so-called ‘centrists’ to attack Jeremy Corbyn over Brexit haven’t changed since the immediate aftermath of the ‘leave’ vote in the EU referendum.
The clip, from one of the broadcast leadership debates between Corbyn and challenger Owen Smith, shows Smith attempting to attack Corbyn’s effort and commitment in the referendum campaign – and failing humiliatingly:
Smith’s repeated question whether Corbyn voted ‘in’, when he knew the answer all along, was embarrassing enough – but when he accused Corbyn of ‘only’ arguing for protecting workers’ rights he merely exposed his own right-wing, insular, hypocritical outlook.
And the laughter of the audience at his comeuppance demonstrated what they thought of it.
Switch to the present and we see LibDem leader Jo Swinson attempting exactly the same tactic of attacking Corbyn’s efforts in the referendum campaign – yet suffering a humiliating pratfall when her own near-complete lack of activity was revealed along with that of her party.
Swinson was also exposed as a hypocrite when she immediately contradicted her own claim she would do ‘whatever it takes’ to stop a no-deal Brexit, yet said she wouldn’t work with Corbyn to do just that. The sense of hypocrisy was deepened by reports that she has been holding a ‘series’ of talks with no-deal enthusiast Boris Johnson.
Swinson’s fall, however, hasn’t prevented other so-called ‘centrists’ repeating the same nonsense.
Three long years have passed since the debate in which Corbyn politely humiliated Owen Smith, yet it’s clear that ‘centrists’ have learned nothing – and not just in their attacks on the only politician actually fighting for the best for ‘the many’, whether they voted leave or remain.
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