Owen Smith (centre) and Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, speaking to apprentices in Middlesbrough [Image: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images].

Owen Smith (centre) and Anna Turley, Labour MP for Redcar, speaking to apprentices in Middlesbrough [Image: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images].

Another referendum, Owen Smith? Really?

The people of the UK are probably a little tired of constantly being asked for their opinion – especially since career politicians like this creature only ever act on them if the results suit their own purposes.

And even though the Tories are dithering on Brexit, it seems likely all the arrangements will have been made long before Mr Smith – or whoever wins the Labour leadership – gets near having the opportunity to do anything about it.

His offer is pointless and silly. Perhaps we should judge him accordingly.

And Mr Smith says Jeremy Corbyn is “selfish” for refusing to give up the Labour leadership to a right-winger who doesn’t share the same values as the party membership.

Can you believe that doublespeak? He wants you to think Mr Corbyn is “selfish” for steadfastly standing up for what the majority of the Labour Party want.

Isn’t it far more selfish to try to impose the minority view of 170 people on the hundreds of thousands of members who prefer Mr Corbyn’s way?

He reckons he wasn’t part of the so-called ‘Chicken Coup’, but that’s easy to say when none of the ringleaders are brave enough to admit their part in it.

We do know he was among those who resigned from the shadow cabinet on the same day as the rest of them, and his supporters include Heidi Alexander, whom John McDonnell seems to have suspected of sabotaging Labour’s health policy (see previous articles).

And fellow Labour MP John Mann has tweeted that he was approached to support a leadership bid by Mr Smith six months ago, which suggests the challenger has been more than a little economical with the truth.

Compare that with Jeremy Corbyn, who has been straight with us from day one.

We don’t want another liar leading the Labour Party.

Owen Smith has set out his stall for the Labour leadership by saying he would offer the public a second referendum to ratify any Brexit deal Britain strikes with the EU.

In an interview with the Guardian, the Pontypridd MP accused Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, of acting selfishly and warned that his party was “teetering on the brink of being destroyed”.

Smith, whose entry into the race for party leader threatens to derail the hopes of Angela Eagle, who first triggered the contest, said it was clear people wanted both access to the single market and controls on immigration.

But, he added, the public wanted to know what deal would be struck, adding: “And then we should give them another chance. That does mean a second referendum or a general election when the terms are clear. The Labour government should be committing to that.”

Source: Owen Smith to offer referendum on Brexit deal if elected Labour leader | Politics | The Guardian

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