Alastair Campbell and John McDonnell in furious clash on Question Time

Written by David Singleton on 20 September 2016 in Diary
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Watch: Tony Blair’s former spin doctor vented his fury over the ‘posh-boy madness that’s taken this party over’.

Anyone still unsure where the battle lines lie in the conflict between Corbynites and Blairites should take note.

Alastair Campbell and John McDonnell went to war on the BBC’s Question Time show – and the tactics they deployed will resonate with their respective supporters across the land.

The pair clashed when Campbell suggested support for Corbyn was “a disaster for the Labour party”.

McDonnell called the comments “nauseating” and claimed that Campbell and Tony Blair were responsible for losing millions of Labour voters through their dishonesty.

“It’s nauseating because you are the one, above all else, who actually created the environment where no one believed a word a politician said.

“You lost us 5m votes in that process and set us up to fail. The reason Jeremy was elected is because people wanted some honesty back in politics again.”

Campbell insisted that that Blair had actually understood that “most people are not living the political bubble we live in”.

And he argued that by dismantling a vote-winning Labour machine, the current leadership were doing the Tories’ job for them.

“I get why newspapers like the Daily Mail want to trash Tony Blair. We won elections and they’re a right-wing newspaper. I understand why the Tories want to trash New Labour, because we beat them three times.

“But when the Labour party’s doing it, it’s utterly ridiculous. It’s part of the revolutionary posh-boy madness that’s taken this party over.”

 

 

 

 

After the exchange, Campbell tried to reach out to Jeremy Corbyn, by suggesting that the Labour leader might be “more sincere” than his shadow chancellor.

But Corbyn's campaign team were quick to defend the leader's closest political pal.

 

 

 

 

 

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