If Jeremy Corbyn is feeling the pressure of his leadership contest, he is not showing his nerves. He made a confident speech to several thousand people on a damp night in Merseyside. Perhaps he complained about the biased media too much, but he hit his stride and delivered quite a powerful political statement. He showed his differences with his challenger, particularly focusing on housing and health.
Owen Smith has refused to back the NHS with the policies that will be necessary to stop its resources leaching out into the private sector. Further, his record as a lobbyist shows that he cannot be trusted to put the needs of patients first. In contrast, Corbyn is prepared to say what needs to be done.
Corbyn also showed his resilience through his bonhomie. He quoted Roger McGough with aplomb:
I think about dying.
About disease, starvation,
violence, terrorism, war,
the end of the world.
keep my mind off things.”