Thursday, 21 July 2016

How many masters will Owen Smith serve.?

I Bloody hate John Dixon's Borthlas  Blog.

Just as I come up with an Idea on what I am going to say, I find that he beaten me to it by a day.

And what is more he nails it in a far better way that I ever could /

Take his latest brilliant analysis.
Poor Owen Smith. People are being a bit beastly to him over a press release which he issued some years ago when he was working as a lobbyist for Pfizer. It certainly seems to be clear that the press release in question expressed support for greater privatisation in the NHS; I can’t see how anyone can seriously deny that. But the man himself has also been absolutely clear that he has always believed in the idea that the NHS should be free. The problem is that people are having difficulty reconciling those two statements.However, in fairness to him, it seems perfectly simple to reconcile the two things; at that time, he was speaking for his employer and expressing the employer’s opinion, but now he’s speaking as a politician and expressing his own views. All perfectly straightforward and obvious.
The part I don’t understand though is this: why would anyone think that being willing to argue and lobby for a privatisation which you fervently oppose simply because you’re being paid to do so is somehow a lesser sin than actually supporting privatisation because you think it’s the right thing to do? I’d have thought that was a bigger problem for a politician claiming to be principled, not a lesser one.
Please John can we here from you more often  Welsh Politics in  particular need  the sought of insight you bring to it.

However I thought i add a bit of my own take of his article.

If Owen Smith is prepared to serve his masters in the same way he did for by  support for greater privatisation in the NHS; presumably against his own instinct. What Master will he obey if he was to become Labour Leader.

  • Will it be the membership  even were to indicate that they want Trident scrapped for example/?
  • Will it be the Parliamentary Party who have ignored the membership 's choice of leader less than a year when he was overwhelmingly  elected  by the membership.
  • Will it be that almost mythical electorate  of "Middle England" whose vote in marginal seats decide the outcome of many elections.
  • Will it be the City of London and those financial Institutions  which brought the UK and the World to the brink of bankruptcy.
  • Will it me the Media owners  like Rupert Murdoch , who believe it is they who decide who should be Prime Minister.
We know it will not be. It will not be the poor and destitute or those in much of Wales who have loyally voted for Labour for nearly a century only to find  they are betrayed again and again  when the party leaders obey their true masters.

King James BibleNo man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Owen  Smith may try and serve  more than one master.

A;as none of these will represent the likes of you and me.


  1. Whether it's jezza or the one time budding nulabourite smith lets face it it's two bald men fighting over a comb. A poll yesterday put the tories 11 points ahead of labour, and with boundary changes - and scotland certain to secede - labour will never govern again at westminister, or be able to prevent the tories winning a majority.

    And the influx of new members in the last 12 months some people are getting exited about means nothing in practice - the corbynistas showed themselves to be utterly useless during the eu referendum campaign. Indeed the 'momentum' group sat on their hands during the campaign.

  2. He's as oily as Michael Howard.