#1048: 1976, The Drifters, You’re More Than A Number In My Little Red Book

by Charlie_East_West on November 27, 2015

Wow. Did he really just do that?

During his response to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement, John McDonnell whipped out Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book and started quoting from it.

This stunt will probably go down in history as the most ill conceived gimmick ever unleashed upon the House of Commons. The symbolism is just awful. The media have consistently portrayed Corbyn and McDonnell as left wing “Trots” who belong to the dark ages of communism. A lot of what has been written is falls into the category of dispicable slandering – so what does McDonnell do? He provides them all with the best ever early Christmas present – a gift beyond their wildest dreams by brandishing a book that summarises the quotes from a man who commissioned the slaughter of 45 million people.

Mao’s Little Red Book is one of the most symbolic products of communism. How on earth did McDonnell think that his little stunt would be seen as a good thing?

Imagine if George Osborne had dressed up in Bullingdon top hat & tails to deliver his Autumn Statement? It would have reinforced a stereotype. McDonnell did the same with the Little Red Book.

Sadly, all of this deflected from the heart of the matter. The Tories have now U turned on tax credit cuts and certain elements of front line austerity. A ruthless, pragmatic and efficient Labour leadership team could have made hay with Osborne’s statement, but instead, they shot themselves in the foot with that little red book.

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Mike Killingworth November 28, 2015 at 8:37 am

The point about the current Labour leadership is that it reflects the average Labour Party member’s instinct that all government is abusive, and their simultaneous belief in and denial of magical process as a remedy for unhappiness.

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