John McDonnell chose to jokingly brandish acopy of the Little Red Book of the Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong duringhis response to the spending review,to the disappointment of some senior Labour figures.
In a move that sparked laughter and jeersin the Commons, the shadow chancellor pulled out a copy of the Quotations fromChairman Mao to make a point about George Osborne’s attempts to sell off stateassets to the Chinese. He read out a passage and then threw it across the tableof the house towards Osborne.
“To assist comrade Osborne about dealingwith his newfound comrades, I have brought him along Mao’s Little Red Book,” hesaid.
africanland123 26 Nov 2015 00:52
I have been very critical of the Corbynleadership, but I think the better of McDonnlell now that he has shown he cancrack a joke.
I wish his boss would lighten up a bit andabandon the old maid mannerism he has.
pucksfriend 14s ago
Why if it’s so unimportant has JohnMcDonnell removed the little red book from the clip he’s uploaded.
Oh I know – it’s called rewriting historyand covering up the truth about how terrible he is but never mind because his4700 fans will still adore him.
Omniscience 24m ago
Won’t there be a huge portrait of Maohanging over the entrance to our new nuclear power station ?
WilliamOneTell Omniscience 26 Nov 2015 00:52
Alongside a portrait of John McDonnell….
andrew07 42m ago
While I think John McDonnell does have agenuine economic plan influenced by the economists he’s working with (MariannaMazzucato etc.), this joke was incredibly stupid—and has backfired. I justcannot believe that anybody, in Labour’s current situation, would think itwould work. My head is in my hands—because although McDonnell has previouslyshown he could provide an alternative, all that’s been ruined by his readingMao in a joke that shows poor judgment.
Mulberry2000 andrew07 30m ago
i thought this was rather funny and no itdo not back fire lol
go2go124 Mulberry2000 26m ago
Why has he removed the clip from theofficial labour website.
Is he also trying to rewrite the history?
GemmaBlueSkySeas 46m ago
That first picture says it all…
The Labour benches cringing in despair asMcDonnell tells his joke that went down ever so well with his Hard Left cronieswhen he practised on them.
It just beggars belief that McDonnell hassuch limited judgement that he could not understand how this would play out.
45-60 million fellow Chinese mur**d byChair**’s regime, and McDonnell of the Hard Left persuasion thinks itwould be a right laugh to quote him…
It could only have been worse if he hadbrought in Mein Kampf…
MattMatt 48m ago
A point has just occurred to me. How didJohn McDonnell know the exact quote he wanted? And how was he able to turn tothe right page so quickly?