The return of Esther McVey to the Cabinet is bad news for John McDonnell and Labour’s claim of a kinder, gentler politics. It has led many hacks and broadcasters to return to remarks he made about ‘lynching’ McVey, at a Remembrance Sunday event back in 2014.
But when they do so, Labour complain. The shadow chancellor’s defence is that he was quoting someone else who (he claims) wanted to lynch her – rather than wanting to lynch her himself.
Happily, for clarity’s sake, the Sunday Politics today aired the recording:
— BBC Daily Politics and Sunday Politics (@daily_politics) January 14, 2018
Mr S will leave it to readers to judge for themselves…