Norman Smith was positively jumping with excitement this morning while reporting what David Cameron allegedly said last night about members opposed to bombing DAESH in Syria.
According to the Guardian he was: “warning them against voting alongside “Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers”.
Norman’s theory was that Cameron had dropped his own bombshell and had blown his Syria pitch altogether. The thought of such a thing obviously made Norman’s day. He earnestly suggested that those Labour MPs who had been teetering on the edge of voting with the government would now plump for the opposite position.
Can you imagine what sort of MP would abandon their principles on such an important issue over a childish, if hard to take, home-truth? What sort of mentality is that? kindergarten? (Well, Alex Salmond seems a bit that way inclined)
In any case, there’s little justification for any Corbynite being affronted by what is after all a mere statement of fact. Corbyn openly sympathises with Hamas and Hezbollah and the shadow chancellor (!) with the IRA. What could be clearer than that?
The Telegraph has this:
“David Cameron describing those opposed to air strikes as "terrorist sympathisers" has actually hardened support amonh (sic) Labour MPs for military action, a Labour source has said. It was thought that the comments, which the source described as "crass", would deter Labour MPs from backing the Prime Minister.”
I wonder who that Labour source was? Did Norman Smith plant the idea, or perhaps he was the source. Who knows.
"But it now appears that it has had the opposite effect with Labour MPs wanting to show they will make up their own mind regardless of bullying by anti-war activists or the controversial comments by Mr Cameron.
It could prove to be a disastrous night for Jeremy Corbyn who is trying to persuade his MPs to back his opposition to air strikes.”
Anyway, it seems Norman’s theory didn’t exactly stack up.
I couldn't find a suitably animated image of Norm, so I'm posting an example of the BBC spelling Frank Gardner's name wrong instead (for your entertainment.)