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.
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