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Owen Smith has made a terrible joke in response to conspiracy theories that there is a 'Soft Coup' underway against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Smith, who stood against Corbyn for the party leadership in the summer of 2016 might be the first to support such a move against Corbyn.
The term 'soft coup', presumably like 'hard Brexit' is a nonsense phrase, this time coined by Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
On Monday a statement from McDonnell was posted online to the Labour party forum Labour Briefing.
In the text the Corbyn supporter suggested a 'soft' coup was underway against the leader.
He asserted that ‘the coup perpetrators’ had a ‘covert strategy’ to destabilise Corbyn instead of challenging him another leadership election (which Corbyn would presumably win).
Picture: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images
McDonnell claimed the article had been written before Labour lost the Copeland by-election, making it the first opposition party to lose a seat to the government since 1982.
A spokesperson for McDonnell claimed it had been written specifically as a response to Tony Blair’s speech on Brexit.
John wants us all to focus on party unity following last week’s by-election results. And he is looking to reach out in the coming days to those across all sections of the party and none.
The Times, the tool of what Corbynistas call 'the Murdoch empire' has unearthed a video shared by a supporter of Jeremy Corbym.
Tweeted from the account @Rachael_Swindon on the day that McDonnell's remarks were published, it talks of the soft coup and explains how to spot the conspirators.
Watch it below:
To summarise, apparently these are the questions you need to ask yourself in order to find the soft coup collaborators online:
And here's the big clue:
Rachael has since tweeted:
How to gain followers.
1. Post random video
2. Sit back & watch the outrage.
3. Nearly wet yourself laughing.
And repeat. — Rachael Swindon (@Rachael Swindon)
Which could of course suggest that the video was possibly a prank or a continuation of the joke.
Since McDonnell’s accusation, since attacked by himself, Soft Coup has trended on Twitter.
Some are serious Corbynistas hoping to draw attention to the mendacious tactics of making legitimate, evidence based points.
Tories terrified of @jeremycorbyn - every rotten trick being played to stop voters having a real choice-Oppose the #SoftCoup support #Corbyn — David Carr (@David Carr)
Why on earth would Murdoch want rid of Corbyn? He's enabling both a hard Brexit and the most right wing government in my lifetime. #softcoup — Terry L (@Terry L)
Hmm. Wikipedia definition of #softcoup: 'these conspiracy theories are popular among populist leaders, such as those in Latin America'. — Glen O'Hara (@Glen O'Hara)
I'm gutted the #softcoup is not happening. I was expecting my orders from Portland Comms and @tonyblairoffice at any moment. SAD. — Andrew Spooner 🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄 (@Andrew Spooner 🥄🥄🥄🥄🥄)
Pretty standard trolling of a Social Justice Warrior with a Stalinist approach to ideological purity and paranoai.
Chortle, chortle, chortle says the main stream media.
Once again ruining it for any real coup plotters.
Picture: (Peter Nicholls/PA Archive/PA Images)
The dead hand of the Mister Whippee faction reaching from the past.
No Corbyn is safe.
HT BBC, the Times
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