For a time there was a credible belief within the Labour party that leadership hopeful, Owen Smith, would act as a shining light for party moderates. Labour voters and MP’s hoped for a rational challenger to oust Corbyn and create a viable, united opposition.
Smith has revealed himself as anything but moderate. In a speech outlining his policies as leadership hopeful, Smith was eager to dispel the idea of himself as a centrist. His language reeked with the rhetoric of Leninist propaganda, even if his oratory skills were similar to that of a GCSE debate class.
Dictating his points, Smith called for ‘a socialist revolution’, going on to state that an evolution in government was no longer viable, admitting that his policies were ‘radical’.
In true revolutionary style, ‘the anger of workers’ was a point latched onto throughout. Smith was dedicated to the idea of violent masses of people yearning to destroy the system, going on to state ‘Labour should be angry alongside them’.
Despite his soft appearance, Smith is emphatic with the language of hate and destruction. Most notably, Smith called for Labour to ‘Smash’ Theresa May ‘back on her heels’, whatever that may entail.
Interestingly, Owen Smith addressed those he finds grievance with; ‘they don’t know any better’ he claims when referring to working people that don’t support his ‘socialist nirvana’.
Yet Smith’s speech was not devoid of fun. In a laughable segment, Smith refers to Britain as ‘the sick man of Europe’, stating that leftist policy has ‘worked in the past and could work again’. Clearly Smith was unaware that, not only is Britain one of the most successful countries in Europe, but that when Britain was ‘the sick man of Europe’, it was because of Smith’s revolutionary socialism.
While most of his time was spent spouting Little Red Book-tier drivel, Smith made sure to include some ideas on actual policies under his leadership. Smith called for an increase in income tax, his justification? ‘I want to see libraries re-open’. Calls were also made for more houses to be built, how prices would be kept down was not mentioned.
It seems that Smith is lost on policy. Unlike the admittedly principled Corbyn, Smith aims to be vague in his policies and ideas, he wants to appeal to Corbyn’s far left voter base with rhetoric of revolution and vast social change, yet has none of the ideas to back it up.
Boardroom revolution is how Owen Smith can be described, an automaton spewing forth carefully planned out revolutionary quotes to the masses from the comfort of a cosy office. It’s all very Orwellian.
Of course, many believe Corbyn cannot win an election, those same people believe that Smith can, why? Smith is essentially a shiny establishment clone of Corbyn; they issue the same rhetoric, their policies, whether corporeal or not, remain similar. Corbyn is a populist; Smith is a politician desperate for support.
Smith is not aiming his campaign at party moderates; it is aimed at the same communists, anarchists and socialists that have destroyed countless nations before, the same ardent supporters of Corbyn. Make no mistake, The Labour Party has moved far to the left, as long as it remains there, the average person in Britain is under threat.