Opinion: Rachel Garrick a former founder of a Momentum group has posted in Left Foot Forward this week writing "Jeremy Corbyn has inspired change in Labour, now Smith should be trusted to carry it forwards." It is also published by Progress the right-wing group within the Labour Party; a group that prefer to call themselves moderates and define Corbyn and his supporters as on the 'hard left' of politics.
But that is no surprise to followers on social media.
Garrick came out of the Owen Smith cupboard a couple of weeks back.
Initially some followers agreed to differ as that after all is democracy.
But we moved on.
Her timeline became rather vitriolic and it was not a one-sided affair.
I opted for the block don't bicker on social media being pushed by Labour MP Richard Burgon.
Party leader Jeremy Corbyn does not do personal either but that is never easy especially when you are being goaded or taunted for a reaction.
Block don't bicker is the best way forward for Labour supporters at least for now.
Garrick's Twitter bio says "Welsh. Vice Chair Rochester & Strood Labour Party. Nuclear Industry. Trade unionist with Prospect. CMIOSH. Left. EDS. My opinions. Landing back in Wales soon."
The pertinent part of that bio in considering her change over to Smith is NUCLEAR INDUSTRY.
Why someone who is an avid supporter of the nuclear industry would support Mr Corbyn in the first place is not clear. He has always been clear that he is not a supporter of nuclear.
But this is nuclear energy not weapons.
Garrick says "The final straw came after EDF finally made a decision to proceed with the Hinkley Point C project, which I have worked on for five years as a Branch Councillor with Prospect. As a union, we have worked solidly with our colleagues in Unite, GMB and UCATT to support this project, which represents an £11 billion investment in the UK business economy, which will create over 25,000 UK jobs. It will produce seven per cent of the UK’s power needs with a vastly reduced carbon footprint, avoiding 90 million tonnes of CO2 production annually and is predicted to generate three per cent of the UK’s entire corporation tax when in production. The project was initially conceived under a Labour government and has been supported by Labour, but team Corbyn’s response was derogatory and facile."
Following that text in the opinion piece is this tweet from Jeremy Corbyn "Tories have just put up the cost of your electricity by giving a blank cheque to EDF for a power station that doesn't work 8:19 PM - 28 Jul 2016." The opinion piece posted in Left Foot Forward however is dated August 15.
The text continues "This tweet mocked the work of hundreds of nuclear engineers who have worked doggedly for years devising design solutions to combat the safety concerns raised by Fukushima. There was no advised policy, there was no coherent response and there was no support for the work of the unions. I have felt immense relief in leaving the Corbyn camp and joining with Smith. We need a strong, organised Labour Party and he is offering that."
The rest of the report is personal background and why Owen Smith is Garrick's choice for party leader.
She describes him as "soft left" politically although Mr Smith appears a flip flop politician who is something of a chameleon changing his political colour to suit the audience. He is attempting to paint him self as a socialist.
Corbyn's quoted tweet referred to the cost of energy but Garrick opted for alleged safety concerns.
Many of us have similar concerns.
But if it is only ever about jobs, money and the economy will we sell our souls for a quick buck?
Will we also hand over our nuclear future to countries such as China and France?
Chancellor George Osborne handed the keys to Britain's nuclear future and more over to foreign hands particularly China before he was sacked by Theresa May this year.
This writer remains unconvinced on EDF, China and the UK's nuclear future.
She does however remain convinced that Jeremy Corbyn is a decent, honest individual who is not for sale to the highest bidder and at this time the best person to put Labour back on track.
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