Today was the day the Shadow Chancellor’s influence on his leader made itself known. After Prime Minister’s Questions, MPs, journalists and viewers were scratching their head at Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to mention the junior doctor’s strike even in passing. Such an open goal, you might think, given the government’s difficulties on this one.
But no, not a sausage. The reason lies with recently reported comments by John McDonnell that from now on, in principle, every single strike will be officially supported by the Labour Party.
Corbyn clearly decided he didn’t want to give the PM the opportunity to give Labour a kicking over a needless foot-in-mouth gaffe. At least, not again.
So instead the man recently described not so much as a Leader of the Opposition as a bloke who runs a second hand camera shop went on the subject of housing. How dare the PM suggest that life on a sink estate was anything other than marvelous, what with all the community spirit and solidarity you can find dumped next to the old sofas and the dog crap? “We’ve built more houses than the previous Labour government!” Dave responded triumphantly. But in this he fails to understand his opponent. Corbyn is no more likely to defend the record of the last Labour government than Cameron is. You could almost see Corbyn shrug as if to say, “Well, there’s a surprise…” Continue reading