Corbyn branded ‘craft beer of the Labour movement’

When Labour MP Liam Byrne reached for the metaphors to describe his party leader Jeremy Corbyn, little could he have known the social media thrill it would cause.

Jeremy_Corbyn_2014-04-30Describing Corbyn as “the craft beer of the Labour movement” a politician who was “authentic” with “strong flavours” in a Radio 4 Today programme interview, the former immigration secretary spawned a monster, with a slew of tweets appearing on Buzz Feed and beyond which paired politicians with their boozy equivalents.

This is by no means the first time that politicians have been linked with beer. Anyone remember the mocking “Mililight” beer that was served at last year’s Tory party conference?

Here’s Byrne exercising his poetic licence in full:

“One of the things people said to us is ‘We don’t know what you stand for. What I think Jeremy has done is he’s brought a bit of soul force back to the Labour party.

“He’s the kind of craft ale of the Labour movement: he’s authentic, he’s got strong flavours, he’s seen as something very different to the bland mediocrity of politics.”

And in the pages that follow, our pick of the Twitter riffs…

(What gems did we miss? Let us know in the comments section below)

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