There is a danger in turning any single commentator into a spokesperson or star, and we should avoid it. There are others who wish to speak and act too, and it's up to us to find and appreciate them, even as we work to develop the same powers in ourselves. But this morning, I want to defend Owen Jones. He has defended the rest of us time and again.
So no doubt those at the Another Europe conference came away feeling good about themselves, in spite of the essential pessimism of their message. And no doubt they continue to believe they are serving the interests of working people by fighting for a remain vote. In reality, they are driving a further wedge between the Left and the millions for whom the EU's contempt for democracy and enthusiasm for austerity and open borders are compelling reasons to leave.
The debate about the upcoming EU referendum has mostly been framed as a debate about migration, national sovereignty, and security. Eurosceptic Conservatives have argued against the loss of power parliament has suffered, whilst UKIP has argued that British borders are porous for as long as the UK remains in the EU...
Just so we can get the record straight, and by that I don't mean literally getting a record and unbending it. So let's start again. I want to be clear and transparent, by which I of course do not mean that I wish literally for people to be able to see through me. Let's try again. I want to spell out, I (space ) D I D (space) N O T (space) T H R E A T E N (space) T O (space) K I L L (space) J E R E M Y (space) C O R B Y N (stop).