Labor & # 39; s John McDonnell is accused of not condemning the call of activists to let Theresa May "self-shoot" & # 39; above the Windrush scandal
- Activist Weyman Bennett attacked the Prime Minister about the Windrush scandal
- The Shadow Chancellor watched as Bennett said she had to shoot herself
- Tory MPs have now called John McDonnell to apologize for not having stepped inside
Brendan Carlin Political correspondent for the post on Sunday
Labor & # 39; s John McDonnell was accused last night of being the call of an activist to shoot Theresa May & # 39; not condemned about the Windrush scandal.
The Shadow Chancellor had to deal with calls to explain why he did not immediately deny the offending remark he made during a demonstration in London that he was talking about.
Mr. McDonnell stood in the wings when Weyman Bennett, the co-founder of Stand Up to Racism, wrongly deported the Prime Minister on the Windrush scandal of Commonwealth migrants.
He said: & # 39; Our advice to her [the Prime Minister] is very, very simple advice: shoot yourself. And the reason why you should shoot yourself is because … we have seen people lose as a result of the Windrush scandal.
An activist called Theresa May to shoot herself & # 39; while Labor & # 39; s John McDonnell watched
& # 39; Who brought in the Windrush scandal? It was Theresa May. & # 39;
The comment came days after Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn pleaded for a safe space & # 39; for political debate after Remain MP Anna Soubry was confronted with demonstrators outside the parliament and a & # 39; nazi & # 39; was named.
It also came after Mrs. May had called Mr. McDonnell to apologize for comments on lynching & # 39; from the former minister of pensions, Esther McVey, four years ago. He insisted that he did not give approval when he quoted a member of the public.
Former Labor leader Harriet Harman, who last week called for new measures to protect members of parliament against abuse, reacted with horror at yesterday's remark itself.
They tweeted: & # 39; This is terrible. Freedom of political reason is essential in a democracy, but that entails personal responsibility not to contribute to the atmosphere of violence and threat to elected politicians. & # 39;
Tories demanded an apology from Mr. McDonnell and accused him of applauding Mr. Bennett's speech.
Tory chairman Brandon Lewis said: "In a week in which we have seen politicians from all sides come together to condemn insulting behavior to politicians and journalists, to see the Shadow Chancellor applaud.
Furious Tories have called on the Shadow Chancellor to apologize for not having intervened
John McDonnell must apologize and condemn these words. & # 39; Last night, a spokesperson for Mr. McDonnell said: "The Shadow Chancellor does not approve of this language."
Before he became Shadow Chancellor, Mr. McDonnell aroused indignation in 2014 for repeating a statement that Ms. McVey should be lynched.
To the anger of Mrs. McVey and colleague Tories, he refused to apologize for the comment and insisted that he merely quote what someone else had said. He also stressed that he did not stir up violence against the Tory MP.
Mr. McDonnell said: & # 39; I spoke at a heated public meeting and there was a whole group in the audience that started, very critical of the whole concept, because they had a fight: & # 39; Why do we dismiss her, why do not we lynch? the b ***** d & # 39; "& # 39;
Mrs. McVey has said that the comment makes her life difficult and dangerous. made and claimed that this had led her to follow her.
Last night, Mr. Bennett – a member of the Socialist Workers Party – insisted he shoot & # 39; self-advice & # 39; metaphorically & # 39; meant. He said that he himself came from the Windrush generation.
The last mission of Brussels to save deal
The oldest Eurocrats of Brussels will publish two letters tomorrow in a last attempt to help Theresa get her Brexit deal through the Commons.
The Mail on Sunday understands that Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU President Donald Tusk each send a separate letter to reassure parliamentarians about the controversial & # 39; backstop & # 39; measure that could lock the UK for an indefinite period of time. keeping EU rules.
But the correspondence will probably lag far behind the demands of the rebels of Tory Brexit, who want the Prime Minister to re-open talks with the EU in order to remove the relapse of the terms of its withdrawal agreement.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU President Donald Tusk each send a separate letter to reassure parliamentarians about the controversial & # 39; backstop & # 39;
Sources from Brussels say that the letter from Mr Juncker will promise to speed up trade negotiations between the EU and the UK & # 39; to try to avoid the & # 39; backstop & # 39; ever activated.
He will launch a process for a new trade agreement to be concluded as soon as possible, but it is unlikely that he will include a date for the start of discussions.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tusk will reiterate that the 27 other EU countries have a & # 39; firmness & # 39; to have a new relationship with Great Britain by the end of 2020 to prevent the measure from stricken.
He adds that if the deal is not ready at the moment, all European states will try to have it signed by 2021, which means that the UK should only overshadow the EU trade and customs regulations for an extra year.
Last night, the Downing Street insiders said they expected the letters to be published Monday night for maximum impact prior to the Tuesday Commons showdown.
Even with a stream of Tory MPs rising from their opposition to Ms. May's deal, she is on the way to defeating historical proportions. After three full days of debate, Ms. May's allies are stuck for a thumping defeat, with efforts to keep track of the figures under the three digits.
Ms. May will likely address members of parliament and the public late on Tuesday evening or early Wednesday, while ministers expect her to announce another trip to Brussels to try to get more concessions from the EU.
Officials in Brussels, Dublin and London are all acutely aware & # 39; that the backstop is the last major bottleneck in a deal, where the Irish government is expected to come under greater pressure to soften their objections to the measure that is watered down.
But last night's sources of Brussels said that in response to the likely defeat, the focus would initially be on a rewriting of the non-legally binding political statement that establishes EU and UK expectations for future trade arrangements instead to reopen the withdrawal treaty. conditions of divorce.
Foreign war games without a deal
Theresa May's own diplomats have written off the chance that they will make a deal with Brussels and make plans for the Brexit to be postponed – and the chaos of No Deal.
With Madam faced with a defeat in the Commons, senior foreign officials held a series of meetings last week for their political strategy & wargame & # 39; to make.
According to a detailed report of the meetings, the Prime Minister's own diplomats kept their heads in their own hands & # 39; when they explained the probable course of events. When the government decided to be completely in crisis, the officials decided:
- A No Deal is now the & # 39; standard planning mode & # 39;
- It is now considered in Whitehall as & # 39; very likely & # 39; that we will still be in the EU after the supposed Brexit day of March 29, with an extension of Article 50 now the most likely outcome;
- Up to 20 percent of foreign personnel – 2,800 out of 14,000 – are removed from the front line and transferred to the Brexit tasks;
- All & # 39; proactive policy making & # 39; must be suspended.
The source painted an extraordinary picture of a government that is paralyzed by the political drama that takes place in the Commons. & # 39; There were many heads around the tables – gallows humor prevailed, & # 39; said the source.
& # 39; The situation was described by a very senior official as an amateur hour with calling. & # 39;
The source added: & # 39; The government is now effectively in crisis mode. With a maximum of one fifth of the FCO employees who are relieved of front-line work, saying goodbye to the main priorities is that some departments incur greater personnel damage.
& # 39; There is no clarity about what the policy is, but No Deal is now the default planning assumption.
The assumption on the second level is that the Brexit will not take place on 29 March. But in reality no one has any idea what to do or what to expect if the deal is rejected.
& # 39; All proactive policy making has been postponed because planning plans against such uncertainty is deemed impossible. & # 39;
Officials in education, justice and welfare have also been asked to take up a new role within a few weeks.
The secondments are expected to last at least six months. Jonathan Slater, permanent secretary at the education department, told the staff that it was important to ensure that the main services continue to work, but that other areas of the department were likely to be shut down.