Owen Smith: This is the man standing against Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership. It has been suggested that he's only carrying on in order to encourage the Conservatives to hold a snap election that will lead to Corbyn's removal. If you want to know why he'd do that, try looking at his friends.

Owen Smith: This is the man standing against Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership. It has been suggested that he’s only carrying on in order to encourage the Conservatives to hold a snap election that will lead to Corbyn’s removal. If you want to know why he’d do that, try looking at his friends.

Here’s the latest theory to cross This Writer’s screen, on why Owen Smith is pushing ahead with his hopeless attempt to unseat Jeremy Corbyn.

Apparently the hope now – having exhausted all possible ways to remove Corbyn from within the Labour Party – is to get Theresa May to do it.

The story suggests that a snap election, in the hopes of the ‘Moderebels’, will be a disaster for Labour – and that will force Mr Corbyn to resign, because he’ll be seen as the cause of the disaster.

The logic is seriously flawed – as is the case with most of the Moderebels’ reasoning.

If Theresa May were to call a snap election in the belief that the Labour Party is weak, that weakness can only be blamed on the rebellion against Mr Corbyn from within the Parliamentary Labour Party; nobody else wanted it.

So, if Labour failed at such an election, it is those rebels who would be blamed – not Mr Corbyn.

Also, they discount the possibility that Corbyn might not lose in such an election. Labour has had a huge amount of publicity over the weeks since the attempted coup began – most of it showing the enormous support enjoyed by Jeremy Corbyn.

He’s on the crest of a wave.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that he will be able to translate that into a surprise Labour victory.

And where will the plotters be then?

When I asked if Smith really ought to concede defeat now so Labour can get on with the task of fighting the Tories, I was met with a telling response.

It was suggested to me that the only reason for Smith to remain was to drag things out and create such disunity that Theresa May would see the opportunity for a snap general election, condemning Labour to crushing defeat and forcing Corbyn to resign.

The removal of Corbyn as leader seems to be the priority for some at any cost. It is clear that the challenge to Corbyn is at its core one of ideology, not electability.

Tony Blair has stated that he “wouldn’t want to win on an old-fashioned leftist platform. Even if I thought it was the route to victory, I wouldn’t take it.”

This would also appear to be the view of the PLP plotters.

Source: Morning Star :: Owen Smith: The David Brent of politics | The Peoples Daily

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