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

McDonnell: Venezuela Was Not a Socialist Country

‘Real socialism has never been tried…”

McDonnell: My Job is to Overthrow Capitalism

Marxist McDonnell twice tells the Sunday Politics his job is to overthrow capitalism…

McDonnell Condemns New Peer Martha Osamor Over Anti-Semitism

Asked about Guido’s scoop on Martha Osamor signing a letter defending anti-Semites, McDonnell condemns Labour’s new peer but says she should still take her place in the Lords. Remember when McDonnell used to talk about “a zero tolerance approach to anti-Semitism”?

McDonnell: Anti-Semitism “Had Its Effect” On Local Elections

John McDonnell admitted the anti-semitism scandal hurt Labour at the local elections. Speaking on Marr the Shadow Chancellor said:

“We’ll be meeting some Barnet councillors next week… anti-semitism certainly had its effect, there’s no doubt about it in Barnet itself… I’m hoping the measures we’re putting in place now – the Chakrabarti report implemented in full, Jennie Formby new general secretary – Jeremy Corbyn said to Jennie, your first priority is tackling this issue.”

That response won’t reassure concerned activists and councillors…

Meanwhile on Sky Party Chairman Ian Lavery also admitted anti-semitism cost the party:

More tough talk …

McDonnell Hardens Labour’s Line on Russia

McDonnell says he agrees with Theresa May that Putin is responsible. More differentiation between the Shadow Chancellor and Labour leader. Has he seen the polling?

Labour’s Shameless Scaremongering on Free School Meals

The House of Commons last night voted through reforms to Universal Credit (which Labour opposes in principle). As is now normal with a crucial vote, Labour instigated a co-ordinated outrage storm when their statutory instrument failed…

Rayner told the House:

“1 million children growing up in poverty will lose out on free school meals that they would have been entitled to. “

Earlier in his response to the Spring Statement, John McDonnell had claimed:

“Today the Government are even trying to deprive 1 million children of a decent school dinner.”

Awkwardly for Labour, fact checking organisations have probed that one million claim and found it wanting. A Channel 4 investigation found:

“No one who is currently eligible for free school meals under Universal Credit will lose their entitlement. In fact, under Universal Credit, 50,000 more children will receive school meals by 2022 than would have done under the previous benefits system.

This is not a case of the government taking free school meals from a million children who are currently receiving them: it’s about comparing two future, hypothetical scenarios. Both of them are more generous than the old benefits system.”

That didn’t stop ‘get on your knees, b*tch’ Clive Lewis calling Esther McVey:

“Meaner even than the master in Oliver Twist’s workhouse… [she] seeks not just to stop the second helping, but to stop any meal at all.”

This is why people hate politicians, because they are industrial scale liars. Labour again willing to weaponise the anxiety of poor families…

Phil’s Box Office McDonnell Takedown

Spreadsheet Phil delivers a surprise box office finale to the Spring Statement with his blistering reply to John McDonnell. The Chancellor made the point McDonnell is still refusing to apologise to Esther McVey over his infamous “lynch” comments, and also picked him up over Russia Today. Phil ya boots…

Spreadsheet Phil’s Red Book Banter

This one-liner from Hammo at McDonnell’s expense was a cracker, but thankfully not as many jokes as last time round. So far…

John vs Jez: Corbyn and McDonnell Split Three Times in One Week

At the best of times there’s not much love lost between Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle and John McDonnell’s operation but the past week has seen an unusual number of public slap downs served on the Shadow Chancellor by the Leader’s Office. Is there trouble brewing in socialist paradise?

The ding-dong started last Sunday when McDonnell went on broadcast and sprung Jezza into announcing an investigation into Munroe Bergdorf. McDonnell swerved the controversy, squarely blaming the Leader’s Office for employing Munroe, and announcing an investigation on their behalf:

“That will be a matter obviously for her employer, she’s employed directly by the Leader’s Office… I’m not sure about this particular issue, it will obviously be investigated by the Leader’s Office.”

The Leader’s Office insisted Bergdorf was not employed by them…

Then, in the middle of last week, as the story broke about Jezza’s membership of an anti-Semitic Facebook group, McDonnell took his own line on the media round totally at odds with LOTO. McDonnell told Sky:

“[Corbyn] was added, and then participated in some of the debate, then when he discovered there were some people in it who were expressing anti-Semitic views he immediately came out of that.”

Team Corbyn briefed that this was “not right”, before increasing the slap down and publicly contradicting McDonnell. 

Yesterday, McDonnell went lone wolf by unilaterally proposing a Labour boycott on Russia Today that would ban all the party’s MPs from the channel. ‘Sources close to Jeremy Corbyn’ swiftly briefed that there would be no such boycott. Is everything alright lads?

McDonnell Orders Labour MPs to Stop Going on Russia Today

McDonnell orders Labour MPs to stop going on Russia Today. His deputy in the Shadow Treasury team Peter Dowd went on yesterday. And does the Absolute Boy agree?

Rouble for Chris Williamson’s thoughts…

Corbyn Slaps Down McDonnell Over Anti-Semitic Facebook Group

Team Jezza have slapped down John McDonnell for his attempted explanation of Corbyn’s presence in that anti-Semitic Facebook group. McDonnell said this morning on Sky:

“He was added, and then participated in some of the debate, then when he discovered there were some people in it who were expressing anti-Semitic views he immediately came out of that.”

So McDonnell says Corbyn left the group when he became aware of its anti-Semitism in 2015, but did nothing about it and didn’t report the members or the group to the party. That’s not a good look…

Team Corbyn say McDonnell’s statement to Sky was “not right”, that he left a number of Facebook groups when he became leader and claim he wasn’t aware of any anti-Semitism at the time. McDonnell keeps stiching-up the boss at the moment…

Labour MP Suggests McDonnell’s Lynch Esther Comments Were Hate Crime

A Labour MP has suggested John McDonnell’s comments about “lynching” Esther McVey could be considered a hate crime. During a debate on “misogyny as a hate crime” in Westminster Hall this morning Tory MP Philip Davies asked Labour’s Melanie Onn whether McDonnell’s comments fell under that remit. Onn said:

“If the individual to whom the comments were directed were to feel that that was something they wished to report, then I think it would fall within the scope of the discussions that we are having today. Those sorts of comments are unnecessarily aggressive, I do not think there is any place for them, certainly not in the nature of political debate and discourse.”

Always worth a reminder of the 2014 comments, for which McDonnell has repeatedly refused to apologise for or withdraw:

Labour women standing up to brocialism…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

McDonnell Tells Leaders Office to Investigate Munroe

John McDonnell expertly landed the Leader’s Office in it as he comprehensively passed the buck over the Munroe Bergdorf controversy (Labour’s new equalities adviser, who thinks the suffragettes were white supremacists and “all white people” are racist). Despite being the most senior Labour figure on broadcast this morning, McDonnell refused to engage with the issue at all, and instead repeatedly made it clear that Bergdorf’s controversial views are Jezza’s problem:

“That will be a matter obviously for her employer, she’s employed directly by the Leader’s Office… I’m not sure about this particular issue, it will obviously be investigated by the Leader’s Office.”

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