British Pfizerist anti-Corbynist Smith ‘economical with truth’ on Iraq war


This video from the USA says about itself:

Hillary Clinton Accuses Pfizer Of Gaming Tax System | Calls To Prevent Inversions & Tax Dodge

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.

So, even Hillary Clinton, so often on the side of Wall Street and Big Business, criticizes Big Pharma corporation Pfizer.

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

A REMARKABLE phenomenon of post-independence-war Ireland was the number of “secret” IRA members who emerged into the light.

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.

But Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell have never relied solely on denunciation.

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.

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20 thoughts on “British Pfizerist anti-Corbynist Smith ‘economical with truth’ on Iraq war

  1. Thursday, 21 July 2016

    The Eagle cannot fly so Smith is to challenge Corbyn

    NOW that the ‘Eagle’ has refused to fly as pledged, she has handed the baton, although just 25 votes behind and with votes still being counted, to Owen Smith to lead the campaign to remove Corbyn as Labour Party leader.

    It says something for just how much the Labour Party old guard has discredited itself that none of those who daily assault Corbyn as a loser, such as the members of the Kinnock clan, or Hilary Benn, or Margaret Hodge or Harriet Harman dared to stand in this election since they are tainted with their support for the invasion of Iraq, and Blair’s four other wars, their support for an invasion of Syria, their support for the marketisation of the NHS, their support for the Private Finance Initiative, and countless other Blair-Brown attacks on the working class.

    It is they who are grossly unpopular and isolated, not Corbyn – masses of people are paying £25 to join the Labour Party to give him support. In fact, Angela Eagle does not even have the support of her own constituency Labour Party, while both she and the other leaders of Labour’s right wing are the toast of the town as far as the Tories are concerned.

    With Eagle gone, Corbyn’s challenger is now Owen Smith, supposedly an entirely different political challenge since he was not an MP before or during the Iraq war, and throughout the period of the Blair governments. He presents himself as someone who has a lot of policies in common with Corbyn, His only consideration is that Corbyn is just not a leader, he is a congenital loser, and must go, since Corbyn and his personality are the only things that are stopping Labour winning elections and the general election.

    To make removal more palatable, the worthy Smith is willing to create a special post for Corbyn, President, where he can do no harm, but enjoy some reflected glory from the success that Smith anticipates, if only the leader will go.

    In fact, the truth is the exact opposite. Under Corbyn the Labour Party has won hundreds of thousands of new members, has won back London for Labour, has won both parliamentary by-elections and council elections from Bristol nationwide.

    The problem is that Labour’s right wing fear that, with enormous changes taking place throughout the world and in the country after the massive upset of the Brexit mutiny, a left Labour government could be elected that would be forced by the working class to challenge capitalism and open up the way for the organisation of the socialist revolution.

    Since Benn and Co dare not stand themselves, they have sent along Smith, an MP since 2010, who pledges that he loves Corbyn, agrees with most of his policies but will not rest until he is reduced to a figurehead.

    In fact, Smith is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, or, if you prefer, a snake in the grass. He is a right winger, now sailing under a false flag that he is a 50% Corbynista. The truth is that Smith is on record as supporting the Iraq war.

    In an interview with the Western Mail, on 10 May 2006, on Iraq, Smith said: ‘We are making significant inroads in improving what is happening in Iraq. I thought at the time the tradition of the Labour Party and the tradition of left-wing engagement to remove dictators was a noble, valuable tradition, and one that in South Wales, from the Spanish Civil War onwards, we have recognised and played a part in.’

    Yet, Smith claims he was against the Iraq war. When Smith worked as a corporate lobbyist at Pfizer he supported NHS privatisation saying: ‘Where they can bring good ideas, where they can bring valuable services that the NHS is not able to deliver, and where they can work alongside but subservient to the NHS and without diminishing in any respect the public service ethos of the NHS, then I think that’s fine.’

    He welcomed the PFI and now stands for a second referendum to reverse the June 23 vote, a decision that would place the British parliament and the working class on the opposite side of the barricades!

    Snake in the grass Smith must be seen off in the leadership election. Then Labour must demand a general election and launch a great campaign to achieve it, deselecting all those Labour MPs who want to defect to form a new party with the Tories. This is the way forward, boldly towards a workers government and socialism.

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/12292

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  3. Friday 22nd July 2016

    posted by Luke James in Britain

    Corbyn offers MPs olive branch and calls for a united front against real enemy

    JEREMY CORBYN urged Labour MPs to pull together to help him fight the Tories yesterday as he launched his re-election campaign in confident mood.

    The Labour leader offered a “hand of friendship” to the MPs who have plunged the party into a summer of infighting just 10 months after he won a landslide 59.5 per cent of the vote.

    Whatever the outcome of the contest, Britain will still be blighted by a Tory government overseeing “grotesque” levels of inequality, Mr Corbyn told people at his London launch event.

    And he said: “It’s the job, it’s the duty, it’s the responsibility of every Labour MP to get behind the party at that point and put it there against the Tories about the different, fairer kind of Britain that we can build together.

    “I appeal to them to work together to put that case forward, because we owe it to the people that founded this party, that support this party, the half-million who give their money and their time to help this party survive and strengthen and grow. I hope they will recognise that and come on board.”

    Mr Corbyn also signalled his willingness to move on from the spat, saying he had an “ability to very conveniently forget some of the unpleasant things that have been said” to and about him over the past few weeks.

    He risked enraging rebels as he warned MPs may face reselection ahead of the next election due to an upcoming boundary review.

    “If this Parliament runs to the full term, then the new boundaries will be the basis on which the elections take place and in that case there would be a full selection process in every constituency,” he said.

    A spokesman for the Labour leader clarified later that “sitting MPs whose constituencies are not affected would be reselected through trigger ballots.”

    Mr Corbyn told grassroots supporters and journalists assembled in a classroom at a London university he would concentrate his fire on the the government, rather than rival Owen Smith, during the campaign.

    “Over the next couple of months, our campaign will set out how we plan to defeat the Tories and elect a Labour government that will act to tame the forces holding people back: of inequality, neglect, insecurity, prejudice and discrimination,” he said with a nod to the Beveridge report that led to the welfare state.

    Unveiling his first policy proposal, he said the next Labour government would require every employer with more than 20 staff to publish “equality pay audits” in a bid to eliminate the gender pay gap and other pay discrimination by shaming bosses.

    Asked if it was credible to talk about taking government, he pointed to the growth in membership under his leadership.

    Labour now has more than 500,000 full members and the 183,541 people who became registered supporters over just two days this week is almost more than both the Tory and Lib Dem membership combined.

    Mr Corbyn replied: “This party is going places. This party is strong. This party is capable of winning a general election and if I am leader of the party I will be that prime minister.”

    The official hustings period opens today and the Labour leader is scheduled to take on Mr Smith at least three times.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b92c-This-Must-be-End-of-Infighting#.V5HGC6KZ0dU

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