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Corbyn’s speechwriter takes inspiration from Trump’s victory

Over the weekend, John Prescott criticised Theresa May for arranging a trip to meet Trump as thousands of women marched in protest of the US president. Given that it has since been pointed out to Prescott that it’s not completely unreasonable for a Prime Minister to arrange a meeting with the new leader of the free world, Mr S suggests he looks a bit closer to home when it comes to Trump criticism.

As the Leader’s Office attempt to relaunch Jeremy Corbyn as a left-wing Trump (even adopting the US President’s hostile media approach), Steerpike has been passed a Facebook post by Prescott’s son David. In it, Corbyn’s speechwriter comments on Trump’s inauguration by quoting a phrase — often mistakenly attributed to Gandhi — that Trump used on the campaign trail:

‘First they ignore you, then they laugh at you… then they fight you, then you win.’


However, given that Prescott’s recent attempts to get a Corbynite candidate selected in the Copeland by-election were thwarted by local Labour members, Mr S suspects he faces a long wait before getting to the winning stage…

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