This video from the USA says about itself:
25 November 2015
US Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has accused Pfizer of gaming the tax system with its deal with Allergan, touted to be the largest deal of its kind. Hillary Clinton has called US Congress to whip such inversions and tax dodging deals.
However, in Britain, ex(?)-Pfizer lobbyist Owen Smith is now the candidate of the Blairite coup to overthrow democratically Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn. At first, the Blairites tried to prevent Corbyn from being a candidate in the new leadership election. However, that failed.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Will the real Smith please stand up?
Thursday 21st July 2016
They were people unsuspected by neighbours of taking up arms against Crown forces until they turned up to claim a military pension.
Well-connected worthies would back up each other’s claims, leaving bystanders nonplussed and feeding political reputations.
It’s not an exact parallel, but Owen Smith’s assertion that he opposed the invasion of Iraq and offered his resignation as a special adviser to then pro-war Welsh secretary Paul Murphy has taken anti-war activists’ breath away.
No-one saw him at any anti-war rallies and marches, but we have his word for how he really felt deep inside.
Smith has also taken the trouble to describe as nonsense the suggestion that he was ever in favour of private-sector penetration of the NHS, despite issuing a press release to this effect when paid £80,000 a year by US transnational corporation Pfizer to push this agenda.
Jeremy Corbyn’s challenger explains that this misleading impression arose from an “extrapolation of one comment in a press release about a report commissioned by Pfizer before I worked there.”
Smith, of course, believes in a “100 per cent publicly owned NHS free at the point of use,” which begs the question why he would seek employment at a company committed to undermining that principle.
He is, he claims, as anti-austerity as Corbyn, but he would go further, proposing solutions while the Labour leader is content with mouthing slogans.
They have been engaged in challenging government policies in Parliament and forcing significant retreats over attacks on benefits, spending cuts and collaboration with overseas dictatorships.
McDonnell has convened economic policy meetings with various experts to prepare a detailed and coherent alternative to both the Tories’ austerity agenda and the austerity-lite approach favoured by Labour, including Smith, before Corbyn was elected.
By badging himself as “left-wing,” Smith accepts implicitly that Labour’s membership was attracted by the progressive alternative put forward by Corbyn rather than the variations on the status quo offered by his opponents.
He plays down the matter of policy differences, declaring: “I don’t think Jeremy is a leader,” which translates as Corbyn can’t win elections — a statement readily exposed as nonsense by Labour’s poll results since last September.
Smith should perhaps remind himself that, having been shoe-horned into Blaenau Gwent as Labour candidate for the 2006 by-election — where records for Labour majorities were regularly set — he lost decisively to Independent Dai Davies.
He ought also to appreciate how inappropriate was his “compromise” offer of a consolation prize of party president to Corbyn if he submitted to the bullying campaign to step down as leader.
If Corbyn could be bought by New Labour, he would have been wrapped up and taken home already.
While the leader looks forward to a comradely contest before the party returns “stronger and more united” to defeat the Tory government, Owen and his backers insist that Labour would split if Corbyn is re-elected.
The challenger insists that Labour is “teetering on the brink of extinction.”
This is presumably the same Labour that has the highest number of members since just after the second world war, headed by a leader who addresses standing-room only public rallies.
We all know that the role of lobbyists and snake oil salesmen is to persuade us to see reality in a different light, but this stretches credulity a step too far.
THE majority of Tory MPs and the majority of the Parliamentary Labour Party share a distrust of their own party members. The most likely explanation for Andrea Leadsom’s sudden withdrawal from the Tory leadership contest is that Tory MPs realised that she might not be competent to be prime minister, but that, as the only Leave candidate on the ballot paper, the bulk of Tory Party members would probably vote for her: here.