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.

British Blairite anti-Corbyn coup’s links to anti-women Jack the Ripper museum


This August 2015 video from London, England is called Jack the Ripper Museum Protest.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Eagle Diversity Guru Linked to Murderous Museum

Tuesday 19th July 2016

Linda Riley was director of Ripper firms

LABOUR leadership candidate Angela Eagle’s diversity guru had links to the notorious Jack the Ripper museum in Cable Street, the Morning Star can reveal today.

This is while Ms Eagle pitches herself as the “working-class woman” candidate during this week’s Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) hustings to garner approval ahead of the leadership election.

The Wallasey MP and rival Owen Smith, MP for Pontypridd, resigned from the shadow cabinet as part of an attempted coup against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Corporate adviser Linda Riley was appointed by the Labour Party in April to aid then-shadow business secretary Ms Eagle and act as a representative to firms on equality-related matters.

She was also pictured standing in the front row in support of her leadership campaign event last week.

But Ms Riley was previously involved in two companies with the founder of the notorious Jack the Ripper museum on Cable Street in London’s East End.

Ms Riley was a director of the now-dissolved firms Jack the Ripper Museum Ltd and Museum of Jack the Ripper Ltd, along with former Google diversity chief Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe.

Those companies shut down in March and August 2014, but Mr Palmer-Edgecumbe went on to open the museum itself in August 2015 under a new company, Jack the Ripper Museum (London) Ltd.

The museum has been accused of “glorifying” serial killings of working-class women in east London and was targeted by protesters as the original plans submitted to Tower Hamlets council suggested it would be a museum of women’s history.

Mr Palmer-Edgecumbe defended his museum, saying it was meant to “seriously examine” the crimes within the social context of the 1880s.

Ms Riley declined to describe her views on the museum.

LSE academic and Class War activist Lisa Mckenzie, who has protested against the museum, told the Morning Star it was “a disgrace” that “self-styled diversity gurus Riley and Palmer-Edgecumbe have constantly ignored the distress this ‘museum’ has caused the local community.”

She added: “The day Angela Eagle announced her friend Linda Riley’s appointment, I was shocked that such a person is constantly being given chances to ride roughshod over people’s concerns. This shows very poor judgement by Eagle.”

Ms Eagle’s parliamentary office did not respond to a request for comment.

Jeremy Corbyn increases dominant lead over Angela Eagle and Owen Smith among Labour Party members, poll finds. 54% of party members surveryed would give first preference to current Labour leader: here.