Owen Smith seems to think having “fought off hundreds of lads” to “pull” his wife – 30 years ago – makes him a leader.
Most of the social media seems to think it makes him a sexist.
Perhaps Mrs Smith won’t mind, but his attitude suggests he thinks of her as a trophy bride – objectivising her rather than considering her as a human being.
Would would JK Rowling think of that?
His language also implies violence, of course.
Of course, the wags on Twitter (and elsewhere) have been having great fun with this. One such example is the image at the top of this article.
“I really can’t believe hundreds of lads found Owen Smith attractive. Maybe it’s the glasses.”
It was 30 years ago this month. Sinitta was in the charts and a new drama called Casualty was starting on the telly.
In Barry, South Wales, a young Owen Smith– the man who [wishes he] would be next Labour leader – was beginning his A-levels.
There were 1,200 boys and just three girls in the entire school.
Today, sitting with us in the cosy cafe where we meet near Pontypridd, is one of those few girls, now Mrs Smith.
“Yes,” laughs Owen, “1,200 boys, three girls and I pulled Liz. So I must have something going on. That must be leadership.”
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