Poor John McDonnell MP, for being short sighted enough to make an ill-judged joke, during a serious adult presentation, of the many wonderful ways in which the governments beneficence, has ensured abundant prosperity for all.
Mr McDonnell, the MP for Hayes & Harlington (that’s right, he’s a Labour politician who actually did win his seat back at the May 2015 election) mentioned Mao Zedong’s ‘bible’ then symbolically proffered it to the current Chancellor of the Exchequer, and was met with derisory and mocking laughter, poor, poor, man. Would calling the Chancellor -whose total absence of compassion toward the mentally ill and the disabled, has caused many to lose their lives -a self-serving psychopath, have been met with the same mocking response? These days, in this England, possibly.
He at least has never been imprisoned, made subject to unwarranted operations, or had his internal organs sold on the black market by the Chinese Police. It is a pity that the Falung Gong, a religious sect that has been persecuted, imprisoned, and had it’s members die in prison as a result of illegal transplant operations, cannot say the same. The manner in which the Chinese treat their own religious dissenters can outstrip the horror of Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ in his dystopic world human beings are ‘bred to be butchered’. In Chinese Society you’re okay so long as you toe the line, the instant you get religion you risk losing your job, family and internal organs. You may even find that your right to procreate has been cancelled. Strange then, that the same government that wants to crush it’s heel upon the ‘pious head’ of ISIS, is avidly doing business with a despotic government.
But then how strange is it that the government utilising a legislative program in order to crush our few trade union rights, and all other forms of dissent via the abolition of the Human Rights Act, should choose to do business with a government that hasn’t merely closed churches, but has also taken the extreme step of demolishing them.
John McDonnell’s joke may have been perceived by some to have been poorly timed but then by the 251,000 people who voted for Mr Corbyn, MP for Islington North, returned seven times (that’s how many general elections he’s won?), would very likely have considered his comments to be very prescient.