Why is he determined to stop genuine Labour supporters from expressing their reaction to Khan in a genuine way?
Is it possibly because it illuminates his campaign – and the attitudes behind it, and the supporters of it – in the worst possible light?
I think it is.
The Labour movement sprang up because working-class people were sick of being told what they can and can’t say (or do) by people who claimed to be their superiors.
But now Owen Smith, and the people who support him, are claiming exactly the same right.
Sadiq Khan’s decision to publicly support Owen Smith shows exactly the kind of man he is.
He was happy to accept Jeremy Corbyn’s help to get Labour’s nomination for the mayoralty.
He was happy to accept the votes of Corbyn supporters.
He was happy for Mr Corbyn to support his campaign – here’s a photograph of Mr Corbyn on the telephone, drumming up support. Where was Owen Smith?
And now he has become London’s Mayor, he is happy to reject Mr Corbyn – after promising he wouldn’t get involved.
Is this what Londoners can expect from him? A man who cannot keep his word?
The Labour Party stands for the common good. “By the strength of our common endeavour we achieve more than we achieve alone.” But Mr Khan has rejected the common good for his own selfish reasons.
That’s why he was booed.
Mr Smith’s criticism comes from a belief that nobody should have a right to answer the unreasonable behaviour of the ‘Anyone But Corbyn’ camp in the way they choose; they are allowed to have free speech but would deny it to others.
He has reacted against the form of the responses he is seeing because he believes he and the other opponents of Mr Corbyn are entitled to do what they like – and we should do as we are told.
It is despicable. They call us “trots”, “rabble” and “dogs”. In that case, they are a classic example of the tail trying to wag the dog.
Labour MPs are in Parliament to represent the views of the Labour Party. They do not tell us what to do. We tell them.
Let’s make that clear to Owen Smith and his disgusting crew on September 24.
Owen Smith has called on Jeremy Corbyn to condemn any of his supporters who booed Sadiq Khan.
“I think it fundamentally wrong that anybody should ever boo Sadiq Khan,” the Labour leadership candidate said today in Wales. “It’s a measure of how divided we have become that anyone in our movement can think it appropriate to boo.”
At a rally in north London on Sunday evening of thousands of people who back Corbyn in the Labour leadership contest, the mention of London’s Labour mayor was greeted with boos.
Over the weekend, Khan threw his weight behind Owen Smith’s bid to oust Corbyn as leader.
Smith said today the reaction of the crowd… was an “anathema to the values of Labour” and was “all that is bad about politics”.
“I absolutely condemn it,” he added. “I hope Jeremy would condemn it.”
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