Political commentator Dan Hodges is being mercilessly mocked on social media, after he called Jeremy Corbyn 'the Left's Enoch Powell' in a last-ditch attack before leaving the Labour party.
Hodges, who contributes to the Telegraph newspaper and Spectator magazine, was taunted for his much-discussed decision to cut ties with Labour - after he quit and rejoined the party several times.
He complained in a column published on Tuesday that continuing to be a paid-up member would make him complicit in what he sees as Labour acting as a conduit for "terrorists, anti-semites and Isil apologists".
Activist and song-writer Billy Bragg led the charge, comparing Hodges to a fan of Chelsea FC, whose team are suffering in 16th position in the Premier League after a string of shock losses. Bragg joked that Hodges couldn't understand the success of Corbyn, who he compared to Leicester City FC - currently enjoying the dizzying heights of first place.
Dan Hodges sounds like a Chelsea fan who can't understand why Leicester City are top of the table. https://t.co/a9Bf1EztTQ— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) December 15, 2015
Many social media users quickly piled in, first criticising Hodges' repeated disaffiliation from the Labour Party. Despite leaving several times, he wrote in his latest column: "Here comes a moment where you have to say 'enough. Not in my name'. For me, that moment has finally arrived."
Corbyn reacts to Dan Hodges leaving the Labour party in protest (again). pic.twitter.com/QVOdB3XvHn— Asa Winstanley (@AsaWinstanley) December 15, 2015
I've only lived in this country for 18 months and I'm pretty sure Dan Hodges has quit the Labour Party three times since I got here.— Jonathan Shainin (@jonathanshainin) December 15, 2015
When will @DPJHodges next leave the Labour Party?— Paul Bernal (@PaulbernalUK) December 15, 2015
8:57pm, 30th Aug 2013, Dan Hodges: "I have now left the Labour Party"
12:08pm, 15th Dec 2015, Dan Hodges: "I have now left the Labour Party"— Éoin (@LabourEoin) December 15, 2015
Dan hodges pic.twitter.com/DQYD12Pvxn— ugh christmas (@whatkatie_did) December 15, 2015
While others questioned whether Hodges' dramatic exit from Labour was really that big a deal.
Dan Hodges has left the Labour Party pic.twitter.com/0ZkQtnf6YI— Richard Bryant (@WhiskySocialist) December 15, 2015
Jeremy Corbyn reacts to Dan Hodges leaving the Labour Party. pic.twitter.com/8thJa0iNMw— hrtbps (@hrtbps) December 15, 2015
I assume that someone will set up a helpline for those who are seriously distressed by the news that Dan Hodges has left the Labour Party.— Ivan White (@ivanwhite48) December 15, 2015
Giving playwright Dan Rebellato the perfect excuse to wheel out this much-loved Partridge GIF.
Dan Hodges has left the Labour Party! pic.twitter.com/xwGc4jEbfr— Dan Rebellato (@DanRebellato) December 15, 2015
But one lone voice among the social media masses offered some pause for thought, as a Labour supporter remarked that Hodges was one of the few political pundits to call the general election outcome correctly.
Those cheering because Dan Hodges is leaving Labour might want to remember he got the GE right from the start. That won't go away as easily.— Ellie Cumbo (@EllieCumbo) December 15, 2015
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