John McDonnell’s Advice from a Priest

John McDonnell tells the Gallery/Lobby lunch what the priest told him to do…

‘He persuaded me to do this. He said you need to soften your image. So do Mumsnet and do this…. I’m trying to soften my image.’

McDonnell: “I Long For a United Ireland”

McDonnell just told a lobby lunch this afternoon that “I long for a united Ireland, but I recognise democracy.” But refused to rule out a pact between Labour and the DUP. Good luck on that one…

McDonnell’s Warmup Act is Mad “Marxist Magician”

Labour is facing renewed accusations of anti-Semitism as it emerged that Jewish journalists and anti-Semitism campaigners had been banned from attending an event tonight with John McDonnell. The Shadow Chancellor, billed as an “unrepentant socialist”, is due to sit down for a fireside chat-type event with Jenny Manson, head of the controversial pro-Corbyn Jewish Voice for Labour faction at a Momentum Barnet meeting this evening. No voice for Jewish bloggers trying to cover the event…

Jewish Human Rights Watch have said the decision to exclude Jews from the event “beggars belief” and called on McDonnell to “withdraw from tonight’s event and apologise to Barnet’s Jewish communities.”

If the chat does go ahead, before the main event the audience will be treated to Ian Saville, a “Marxist Magician” and ventriloquist who has been trying to pull off the magic trick of “making International Capitalism and exploitation disappear” for over thirty years. McDonnell will be needing his “free money magic trick” if he ever gets into power…

Comical Keir: Labour ‘United on Brexit’

Sir Keir Starmer was doing his best impression of Comical Ali on Today this morning as he tried to deny the gaping chasms within the Labour Party over Brexit.

First he suggested that John McDonnell had only ruled out Remain being an option in a second referendum yesterday because he hadn’t had enough sleep:

KS: We finished our meeting about one in the morning and then John was up early doing the media round. I think John, to be fair…

NR: He was struggling with not enough sleep?

KS: No, no, to be fair, John did a number of interviews yesterday…

Starmer tried to move things on to Labour’s upcoming vote on a Brexit motion today, claiming that there was going to be “unity” behind it. In reality the Labour Party rank and file are confused, Guido suspects this confusion is a deliberate continuation of the strategic ambiguity on Brexit that is the party’s only consistent policy…

UPDATE: Starmer has refused to confirm that the UK would leave the EU on March 29th next year under Labour, telling TalkRadio’s Ross Kempsell that Labour could extend Article 50 depending on the circumstances. How is this piece of constructive ambiguity going to go down with Labour’s Brexit voters?

 

UPDATE II: The Tories are keen to point out that Keir Starmer previously said the official position was ‘There’s no dispute that Britain will leave the European Union in March 2019. Labour voted to trigger Article 50 and we did so knowing that we would leave the EU within two years’

McDonnell and Starmer at War Over Second Referendum

John McDonnell seemingly offered a rare shred of clarity on Labour’s Brexit position this morning when he appeared to rule out the possibility of Labour supporting a second referendum with Remain as an option. He told Today and Good Morning Britain that Labour accepted the result of the first referendum and a “People’s Vote” would be on whether to accept the deal or not.

This clarity was short-lived as Keir Starmer publicly slapped down McDonnell this afternoon, insisting that “we weren’t ruling out options, and nobody was ruling out Remain”The two positions are not fudged. They are irreconcilable…

McDonnell’s Clause IV Moment

John McDonnell has given a full-throated endorsement of the principles of Labour’s notorious “Clause IV” that committed the party to “common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange” until it was removed by Tony Blair in 1995. Margaret Beckett’s face is a picture…

McDonnell: You Can’t Break the Law “These Days”

John McDonnell had a trip down memory lane this morning on LBC, reminiscing about his days in the hard-left Labour bloc on the GLC after Dawn Butler caused a stir by praising the Militant-dominated Liverpool Council of the 1980s for breaking the law. The would-be chancellor lamented that “you can’t break the law these days”. Just the sort of man you’d want to hand the keys to the Treasury to…

Denial of Anti-Semitism is Normalised on Labour Fringe

Multiple Labour fringe events are to be addressed by the union boss who suggested the Labour anti-Semitism row was ‘created’ by Israel.

“Now I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I’ll tell you what – one of the best forms of trying to hide from the atrocities that you are committing is to go on the offensive and to actually create a story that does not exist for people on this platform, the trade union movement or, I have to say, for the leader of the Labour Party.”

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS Union, who publicly insinuated anti-semitism is “a story that does not exist” in the Labour Party, will be speaking at:

  • Labour and Palestine’s ‘Speaking Up for Palestine’ alongside Len McCluskey and Richard Burgon.
  • CLASS’s ‘Review Of The Year’ alongside Owen Jones and Clive Lewis.
  • Public and Commercial Services Union’s ‘Social Security Under a Labour Government – What Would Need To Change’, alongside John McDonnell.

Labour are normalising people who deny that their anti-semitism problem exists. This shouldn’t be considered normal…

Mumsnet: McDonnell’s a Jammy Dodger on Trans Women

John McDonnell took a distinctly Blairite approach to his Mumsnet grilling today, picking easy questions and giving bland, equivocal answers that could have been written by a junior press officer. Probably were…

That wasn’t enough to stop him getting tangled in the thorniest political issue on Mumsnet today – the trans debate and self-identification of women – despite his best efforts to give an Alastair Campbell-style non-answer to the question:

One outraged user responded:

“As a lifelong labour voter and woman I can no longer vote for your party due to its stance on self [ID]… By all means pander to the [pc] student left…but it will not win you a GE. I will never vote Labour again and my membership card is in the bin”

Numerous other Mumsnet users tore into McDonnell for failing to address the issue:

A bad Mumsnet reception was almost enough to sink a political campaign in years gone by. Labour’s policy may play well with woke student unions but Mumsnet is far more in tune with popular opinion as a whole…

McDonnell Heckled Live On Sky

John McDonell faced heckles from a frustrated passer by live on Sky News this morning when he argued that a general election was needed to break Brexit deadlock.

“No way! No way! We’re out. We’re getting out.”

This is turning out to be a bit of a ‘dies horribilis’ for McDonnell…

Mumbling McDonnell Massacres Message to May

 

John McDonnell experienced a dose of no deal chaos himself at the despatch box at Treasury Questions today:

“So let me put this to the Chancellor – can we both try to get the message across to the Prime Minister, who continues to insist that no deal is better than… no deal is better than… no, a bad deal… no deal… to insist that a bad deal is better than no deal – I’ll negotiate that again Mr Speaker – who continues to insist that a bad deal is better than no deal…”

McDonnell tried to get the message across. He certainly didn’t succeed. He didn’t even get it right at the sixth and final attempt…

McDonnell: I’m Embarrassed By My “Mediocre” £500 Billion Spending Plan

John McDonnell has admitted that he is “embarrassed about how mediocre” Labour’s £500 billion spending splurge plans are, claiming that they are only “the first step to give people confidence.” The clear implication is that he has unannounced secret, much more radical plans ready to be implemented once the public have been duped by the supposedly modest manifesto commitment for a half trillion unfunded spending binge.

“the most important thing then is to make sure that you invest in the state, you put forward a capex programme parts of £250 billion and have national investment bank, that we think can leverage in another £250 billion so £500 billion investment programme, a ten year programme, nothing untoward with that. I’m embarrassed about how mediocre it is in comparison to what we could do, but it’s a first step.”

Former Labour shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie has said “The worry that I have is this suggestion of £500 billion. I mean, that’s an awful lot of either borrowing or extra taxation. In order to raise it you’d have to double income tax. You’d have to double National Insurance. You’d have to double council tax. And you’d have to double VAT as well.” Doubling taxes is “nothing untoward”. McDonnell thinks half-a-trillion pounds is “modest” Guido would hate to think what his next step is…

McDonnell: Labour Will Lead Anti-Semitism

 

John McDonnell went on the Today Programme this morning to try to cool down the Labour Party anti-Semitism row. Instead he has joined a line of Shadow Cabinet members getting in an embarrassing muddle over the issue.

“Let’s talk about how we tackle that now as a community as a whole and the Labour Party will play its full role in leading that anti-Semitism.”

Last month John McDonnell told the Today Programme:

Let me put this message out to anyone. We are a party that is anti-racist and anti-Semitic.

One Freudian slip is unfortunate, two is more like a confession. Or a taunt.

McDonnell Attacks Sacked Workers for Collectively Organising

John McDonnell – who usually enjoys a chance for sacked workers to reminisce about the old days – has sent out a press release condemning as “sickening”a reunion of former employees of the collapsed Lehman Brothers investment bank. The Shadow Chancellor claims the 10-year anniversary reunion of employees of the collapsed investment bank

“is absolutely sickening after a decade of people suffering austerity. It’s particularly disgraceful in the context of all the people who lost their jobs… People will be absolutely disgusted about this unacceptable and highly inappropriate gathering.”

Alastair Darling rightly points out “of all the problems we face today, frankly a bunch of people having a glass of wine is the least of them.” So why is McDonnell making a hullaballoo about it? Because (a) it is still silly season (b) he just likes to rant about bankers. It falls to Guido to point out that the first people to lose their jobs because of the collapse of Lehman Brothers were the employees…

McDonnell: Labour is Anti-Racist and Anti-Semitic

John McDonnell’s Today programme interview was going so well, and then he stumbled on the crucial line:

“Let me put this message out to anyone. We are a party that is anti-racist and anti-Semitic. Sorry, we are against anti-Semitism.”

So close.

McDonnell: “I’ll Find the Magic Money Tree”

John McDonnell, probably after a few pints of (unpaid) Workers’ Beer, finally explained to the LabourLive fans how he would “find the magic money tree” that opponents accuse him of relying on to fund all that “free” stuff he promises. Surprise – he’s going to put up taxes…

Not the smartest quip. Suspect it will be used against him in the future…

When McDonnell Supported Maduro’s ‘Socialist Revolution’

On Sunday John McDonnell tried to distance himself and Jezza from the Maduro regime in Venezuela, claiming Maduro isn’t a socialist. That’s not what he used to say…

Will Maduro be congratulated this time by comrades Corbyn and McDonnell for winning a rigged election? He was last time…

McDonnell Accountancy Review Chief: Venezuela Wasn’t Real Socialism

John McDonnell launched another ‘review’ over the weekend, this time of the UK audit and accountancy sector. The Shadow Chancellor said:

“People are sick of losing their jobs, their pensions and their shareholding from corporate failures, but watching the culprits keep their large pay offs, pension pots and bonuses.  So I have asked Professor Prem Sikka to examine our regulatory system and bring forward proposals for reform to reinvigorate it.”

No mention of the good professor’s credentials. Must be your average independent expert, right…

Not exactly. Professor Sikka is a longstanding Corbynista campaigner who described accountants as “the pinstripe mafia” and argues accountancy firms “destroy societies”. He has made his support for Jezza’s economic platform, and Corbyn himself, widely known. Sikka has written for the Morning Star, hard left Labour Briefing and was on McDonnell’s now defunct Left Economics Advisory Panel. In 2015 he addressed the Morning Star How To Defeat Austerity conference. Best of all, he thinks collapsed Venezuela didn’t experience real socialism, because “state-capitalism dominated”. Marxist accountants aren’t common, McDonnell, of course, found one…

Cult of McDonnell

Forget the Cult of Corbyn – that’s so last summer. This year’s in vogue subject of far-left hero-worship is John McDonnell, who has acquired thousands of young Twitter fanboys over the last few months. They used to sing “Ohh, Jeremy Corbyn”, now the younger members of the Corbyn movement have turned their attentions to the Shadow Chancellor, dubbing him “Don McJohnnell”“The Absolute Don” and “The Donfather”.

The most prevalent McDonnell meme is to tweet “arm John McDonnell”, a reference to his 2011 call to arm the working class and mount a revolution, or perhaps his support for the “bombs and bullets” of the IRA. In response to McDonnell’s admission yesterday that his job is to “overthrow capitalism”, his supporters responded in kind. They even have a t-shirt.

Some young lefties have even started to copy the Milo / Trump supporter meme of calling their hero “daddy“:

Will the Leader’s Office start to get jealous?

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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