No, it doesn’t.
He was still using the word as a pejorative term. People with mental health issues will feel extremely let down by this behaviour from a prospective party leader.
On the BBC’s Today programme, John Humphries asked whether his injudicious use of language means Mr Smith is not ready for the leadership.
His response was a ‘no’: “It suggests that I’m occasionally a bit colourful with my language. I need to be slightly less colourful, perhaps, in future.”
Owen Smith denies calling Jeremy Corbyn a “lunatic” but the Labour leadership challenger says he’s sorry if he offended anyone by using the word.
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