Although John McDonnell is supposed to play a key part in Jeremy Corbyn’s drive for a kinder, gentler politics, remarks he made about ‘lynching’ Esther McVey, at a Remembrance Sunday event back in 2014, continue to distract from the message. McDonnell’s defence is that he was quoting someone else who (he claims) wanted to lynch her – rather than wanting to lynch her himself.
This morning on the Andrew Marr show, McDonnell was given the chance to apologise for his comments. Alas, he declined:
It seems sorry really is the hardest word…
Readers can listen for themselves here.