Fabian Society » The unlikely shadow chancellor: interview with John McDonnell

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Mary Riddell, Telegraph writer, interviews John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor and it’s published by leading liberal think-tank, the Fabian Society.

Fabian Society » The unlikely shadow chancellor: interview with John McDonnell

For those of you who are not regular readers of this blog, let me declare my bias and my political views – I’m very much a conservative. However, rather unusually, I tended to prefer Ed Balls on economic policy than George Osborne – Balls at least got his economic training at Harvard; meanwhile, Osborne has no formal economic training and very little work experience outside politics – his background being the privileged son of a baronet.

My second level of bias concerns Mary Riddell. For me she is a pompous journalist, who tends to start with her end point or political message and then seeks out related evidence that is loosely concatenated. A particular feature of her writing is that there is frequently no linkage between succeeding sentences.

My third area of bias is rather different. I admire the Fabian Society and often learn from its publications.

Turning to the Riddell piece on McDonnell, I’m sure that her biased start point was that ‘John McDonnell is having a laugh!’ – after all, didn’t he respond to Osborne’s budget speech  by producing Mao’s Little Red Book?

The article has some insightful quotes from McDonnell but in her usual form Riddell concatenates them without logical connexion.

For me, the shame is that Ed Balls has left politics and returned to Harvard as a fellow. McDonnell is a light-weight on economics but probably no more than George Osborne. The worry is that shadowy political forces determine economic policy, on all sides.

But in spite of my many caveats, the interview makes interesting reading!




Trump v Le Pen: In their own words – BBC News

Illustration from The Pied Piper of Hamelin

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This is an interesting article from the BBC. The BBC article reports that as Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen surge in the polls in the US and France, comparisons are being drawn; the article compares their key quotes.

Source: Trump v Le Pen: In their own words – BBC News

Both a the same in that they are promoting an extreme right-wing agenda which is designed to appeal to white working class voters who feel that they have been let down by society.

It reminds me of the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin