How Kate Osamor ripped off Barack Obama's victory speech

Written by Dods staff on 18 May 2018 in Diary
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Many UK politicians have paid lip service the excellent oratory of Barack Obama. But did one Labour MP go a bit too far?

According to PoliticsHome, shadow international development secretary Kate Osamor may have plagiarised Barack Obama in her acceptance speech after being re-elected last year.

Osamor was re-elected MP for Edmonton last June with an increased majority of 21,115.

After being declared the winner, she told the crowd: "If there is anyone out there who doubts that Edmonton is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of hope is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

"It's the answer told by the lines of people stretched around polling stations, schools and churches. By young people who queued, many for the first time in their lives because they believed that voting for Labour this time must be different, that their voices could be the difference."

It sems the that the words are almost identical to those spoken by President Obama after his victory nearly a decade ago.

Addressing a huge crowd in his home city of Chicago, he said: "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.

"It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference."

A spokesman for Osamor said: "Kate deliberately invoked a victory speech so famous that she thought it needed no introduction."

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said: "They say plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery, but Kate Osamor is no Barack Obama.

 

 

 

 

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