Thursday 29 October 2020 by Chris Ballard

Any suggestion I was Labour leader is ‘dramatically overstated’, insists Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn antisemitism report

Jeremy Corbyn has reacted to his suspension from Labour by saying that he couldn’t have done anything about anti-Semitism in the party because he wasn’t really a leader.

Sir Keir Starmer has suspended Jeremy Corbyn from Labour after an inquiry found the party responsible for anti-Semitism when he was leader.

“No,” said Corbyn. “That’s simply not correct. I was never the leader.

“Just look at the elements of leadership and you’ll see that I’m right.

“Trust: The British public trusted me so much they voted for Theresa May and then Boris Johnson. Need I say more?

“Transparency: Does a complaints process guided by likely press interest and subject to political interference sound transparent to you?

“Ability to learn from mistakes: I lost two general elections in two years. Is that leadership?

“Confidence: Come on, my fellow Labour MPs didn’t have confidence in me. How can anyone possibly call me a leader? It’s utter nonsense!

“Decisiveness: I was so decisive that I still have a Brexit fence post stuck up my bottom. I’m currently deciding whether or not to have it surgically removed.

“Humility: I respond to any sort of criticism by using phrases like ‘dramatically overstated’ and certainly don’t use it as an opportunity to grow and develop.

“Creativeness: Is dragging the country back to the 1970s an ‘innovative approach?’ Face it, I’m as creative as a beige wrecking ball.

“There, that should convince everyone that I wasn’t actually Labour leader and therefore could not have been in any way culpable for anti-Semitism in the party.

“Which, incidentally, has been dramatically overstated.”

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