To get Jeremy Corbyn out of the way, Owen Smith is offering him a job that doesn’t exist

Last Updated: July 21, 2016By
Owen Smith: Empty promises from an 'empty suit' [Image: Getty].

Owen Smith: Empty promises from an ’empty suit’ [Image: Getty].

There’s only one problem with Owen Smith’s offer to make Jeremy Corbyn the Labour Party President: There is no such position.

So it is an empty offer. He’s basically offering to create a ceremonial role for Mr Corbyn, when the current Labour leader isn’t interested in anything of the sort.

The offer shows that Mr Smith is labouring under a gross misconception of Mr Corbyn’s attitude to politics.

Mr Corbyn didn’t put himself up for the Labour leadership because he wanted the perks that go with the job. He didn’t do it for the ceremonial roles he has to perform as part of it.

He did it because he genuinely wants to change the way politics is practised in the UK, in line with the wishes of the majority of Labour voters.

So he is unlikely to be swayed by pointless gestures.

But doesn’t the fact that Owen Smith has made the offer speak volumes about his own attitude to politics!

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith says if he wins he will offer Jeremy Corbyn the role of party president.

Mr Smith praised his rival but said he was “not a leader”, saying Mr Corbyn had “sloganised” on austerity without setting out what he would do instead.

He praised Mr Corbyn for helping Labour “rediscover its radical roots” and said he would offer his rival the role of party president if he won so he could “speak for the party” to the wider membership.

Source: Owen Smith: I’d offer Corbyn Labour president job – BBC News


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  1. jeffrey davies July 21, 2016 at 5:44 am - Reply
  2. rupertrlmitchell July 21, 2016 at 6:31 am - Reply

    I find Mr. Smith’s offer to Mr. Corbyn gross arrogance.

  3. Stevie July 21, 2016 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Oh dear, a PR man accusing anyone of “sloganising” is a tad hypocritical.

    Does the hypocrite not realise that the electorate may have had enough of a sloganising PR man? Like him or loathe him, the last one was actually effective at telling bare faced lies.

  4. dogpower July 21, 2016 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Jeremy should offer him a job as a street cleaner thats about all he is good for

  5. peter wyatt (@southerneruk) July 21, 2016 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Owen Smith will not become leader of the Labour Party, he don’t have the mass support. The right wing are scared off Corbyn because the majority of the public are behind him and would vote for him. If Corbyn becomes PM which I am sure he will be with a land slide victory, this will prove once and for all that the right wing propaganda about Socialism being unelectable policy, have been telling lies, it is really very Electable, its what people really want, Real Socialism is the working class who are the majority, political and economic policy, Socialism favour the less well off and lets the well off to fend for them selfs.
    The Right Wing are the ones that are really unelectable and for 35 years they have not allowed a choice in the matter, they been forcing there false propaganda on us every moment, but lets see right winger Kinnock who sold the Labour Party to Thatchers Tory’s (this what Thatcher ment in her book in what her best achivement was, not just conquering the Tory Party but also conquered the Labour party), Kinnock never got Elected as PM, then Left Wing Smith came along, done a lot off work for Labour party in Socialism got the support that Labour needed to be voted back into office, saddly John Smith died as leader and Right Wing Blair took over and got into office from the creast of a wave that John Smith created, Right Wing Brown took over from Blair and lost the Election, Right Wing Milliband could not win also, now we got Corbyn as Leader of the Labour Party People are reregistering to vote again and supporting Corbyn, also Labour Party Membership is increasing in larrge numbers, this as not happen since Jim Smith and Harold Wilson days as leaders, this bad news for the right wing because it means they will lose there total control over Labour that they had for 35 years, Corbyn as created a bigger creast of a wave than John Smith and now the right wing wants to ride it in, but can’t because Corbyn is there, what the right wing are doing is trying to give the false image that Corbyn is unelectable, when the real truth is the opposite, Corbyn is very electable very good chance if he dont die or retire early, he will be our longest serving Prime Minister ever. He as the people support.. ———- I posted this on the International Business Times. lets see the response i get from these bunch of capitalist supporters

  6. paulrutherford8 July 21, 2016 at 10:02 am - Reply

    ‘Patronising’ is the word that springs to mind.

  7. Joan Edington July 21, 2016 at 10:11 am - Reply

    “he would offer his rival the role of party president if he won so he could “speak for the party” to the wider membership”. In other words, Smith realises that he and his cronies don’t have membership support and he wants Corbyn to turn his back on the members and push PLP propaganda to them in return for personal “prestige”.

  8. tom July 21, 2016 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    First of all Mr Smith, don’t sell the bear’s skin before you killed it.
    Second, don’t talk about something you cannot deliver
    Third, your politic belong to the last century
    Forth, if i were you i’ll check these 183000 news members how many will support you, at least Ms Eagle who said she was in it to win it was wiser and did felt where the wind is coming from, you will be history after september and you may need some viagra to bite the depression you’ll experience.
    Fith, now you are on tv, people can see and hear what you are made of, honest comparing you to Mr Corbyn you are very small and a spring chicken in politic, Mr Corbyn spend all his working life in back bench fighting for his constituents and certainly you need some advise from him than trying to minus him, he is a giant among the giants, you are only a fly here today gone tomorrow.

  9. Brian July 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    Desperation creeps in, false truths and filly busting, the likes of Owen Smith are now struggling to stay afloat. What good news from all those determined not to see more travesties against democracy in this country by joining the Labour Party to not only register and vote support to JC, but show their contempt for the elitist self worth’s this country has allowed to prosper over the last 2 decades. The only fear is, that JC’s amicability will not sweep these plotters of the face of the political landscape. They deserve deselection at the first opportunity. I for one will wield the pen to see these creatures demise who follow in the footsteps of Cameron & Co.

  10. tom July 21, 2016 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    People thinking voting for Mr Smith may want to read this article before.

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