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Writer Martin Amis lambasts Jeremy Corbyn as a 'joke'

By Scott D'Arcy

Published 26/10/2015

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Martin Amis

Writer Martin Amis has described Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn as "a joke" and said he would leave Labour "undeserving of a single vote".

In a highly critical article for the Sunday Times, Money author Amis said the Islington North MP was a "fluky beneficiary of a drastic elevation".

His intervention comes as Mr Corbyn faces challenges from within his party, as a Labour MP said he would try to oust him as leader if the party flopped in May's devolved and local elections.

Amis, who said he spent his 20s "close to the epicentre of the Corbyn milieu" while at the New Statesman, also called Mr Corbyn "humourless".

The 66-year-old, son of late author Sir Kingsley Amis, said: "Many journalists have remarked on this, usually in a tone of wry indulgence. In fact it is an extremely grave accusation, imputing as it does a want of elementary nous. To put it crassly, the humourless man is a joke - and a joke he will never get."

"He is undereducated. Which is one way of putting it.

"His schooling dried up when he was 18, at which point he had two E-grade A-levels to his name; he started a course at North London Polytechnic, true, where he immersed himself in trade union studies, but dropped out after a year. And that was that."

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