Oh dear. With Labour currently trailing the Conservatives in the polls, the party looks set for a disastrous showing come June 8. With that in mind, Labour’s top command need to make the most of the opportunities the election campaign offers.
So, it was a curious choice of John McDonnell to speak at today’s May Day rally. The shadow chancellor joined anti-austerity campaigners for the march through central London. However, there were some unfortunate shots of him giving his speech. Rather than a backdrop of Labour posters, communist hammer and sickle flags (along with a Syria flag used by the Assad regime) appeared in the background as he spoke:
— Rohullah Yakobi (@Roh_Yakobi) May 1, 2017
That's Labour's Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell speaking today in front of flags depicting the Communist hammer and sickle. pic.twitter.com/MAwdKABipX
— Leon Spence (@CllrLeonSpence) May 1, 2017
Including a ‘viva Venezuela’ banner, just for good measure:
— Arman C (@vivafilipinas7) May 1, 2017
With the Conservative party keen to paint Corbyn’s Labour as a ragtag bunch of extreme communists, it was kind of McDonnell to do the brunt of the work for them. Watch this space for the next Tory attack advert…