Owen Smith won’t “withdraw now”, no matter how much Rhys Jolley implores him in this article.
But it’s a shame – for all the reasons stated. Smith doesn’t show the qualities that are necessary to turn around the dismantling of the British way of life that the Tories are currently finishing off.
He talks a fight, but it isn’t really a good one. In trying to say the right things, he ends up putting his foot in his mouth.
Jeremy Corbyn, by contrast, faces constant attempts to trip him – by the right-wing media and by members of his own political party. Curiously, they achieve nothing other than to boost his support.
There’s a lesson in that.
It is that the British people want someone who means what he says.
There are many qualities a leader needs: intelligence, toughness, determination, clear objectives and vision. But a leader with responsibility for the lives and welfare of an entire nation must also demonstrate exceptional moral fibre, standing up for clearly stated principles, even when under sustained attack from opponents, with dignity. That rather sounds like Jeremy to me.
Owen Smith, says all the things expected of a challenger, but little is new. An end to austerity and the Tory nationalisation of private debt. “That’s the kind of revolution I’ll deliver,“ he passionately declares. Fine words, but will he have the guts to do what is necessary to achieve it should he be given the chance? Such courage doesn’t come easily.
A true leader cannot be bought. That’s Jeremy Corbyn again. His earnest challenger has not yet shown any resilience and courageous action in exposing the mechanisms behind the corruption embedded deep within our political and financial systems. You can’t change what you don’t entirely understand.
To become a true leader, Owen needs to go through his personal baptism of fire, requiring him to withstand ridicule and the inevitable personal attacks that will start when the establishment bigwigs see that he is a serious threat to their power base. Until then, he will cave in to the very first challenge from those ruthless corporates and water down his resolve in crucial ways.
So, Owen, I implore you, ‘for the sake of your party and for the sake of your country, withdraw now!’ and do your advanced moral endurance training.
Jeremy has already proven he has what it takes to shepherd the Labour party into the next phase of its mission to achieve a much more balanced and integrated society. He should be wholeheartedly supported.
Source: Naive Correspondents – Political
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