A Tale of Two U-Turns | alittleecon

Today was a day of U-turns. One for the Tories, one for Labour. For the Tories, David Cameron decided to pull out of bidding for a Saudi prisons contract, over concerns for human rights and the death penalty in Saudi Arabia. The wily Michael Gove appears to have leaked the story of a Cabinet row in a (successful it seems) bid to paint himself in the best possible light, but others may wonder if Jeremy Corbyn’s public calls for the contract to be pulled also had something to do with it. Whatever the truth, Cameron’s decision seems to be popular as U-turns go.

For Labour’s part, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell made a significant U-turn of his own. This one has gone down like a lead balloon within his own party, even though it’s a very good about turn for him to make… It’s no secret that many (most) Labour MPs actively despise McDonnell, so it should be no surprise that they look to pounce on any perceived errors in judgement. The important thing though is that he has now made the right decision on the Fiscal Compact and now has a chance to make a coherent case against austerity. They should probably now try to get as many ‘experts’ as they can onto the airwaves to trash the Fiscal Compact. That shouldn’t be too hard.

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4 thoughts on “A Tale of Two U-Turns | alittleecon

  1. Ram K Padmanaban

    Hi Mike, I was looking forward to your counter for the labour bashing the MSM gave yesterday morning. Hope you haven’t got too disheartened by the headlines, as the Graun claimed that the labour supporters should be, after that U turn.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      No, I haven’t been disheartened by the headlines. The right-wing press does as the right-wing press is.

      1. Ram K Padmanaban

        Good to know mate. I was slightly dispirited to see the headlines, the headlines made me think that Corbyn had made an u turn from his anti-auterity approach coz of party politics and pressure. But in truth, they are still stuck to that principle.

        And today the headlines were even more disheartening, Graun headlines suggested Corbyn had dropped his position on anti-war, probably voting in favour of syria military intervention. When in fact inside the article, there is nothing that seems to suggest he is in favour of military intervention.

        last several weeks since before the leadership election they have been focusing on the masses who are less in engaged in politics and who in their busy daily lives prefer not to spend much time discerning the news. The constant repetitions from all sides, MSM, MPs including PM scaremongering people calling Corbyn is a security threat and threat to their families & economy.

        Now they seem to try more subtle way of discrediting him. There is no major newspaper to say otherwise. no Corbyn = no possibility of Peace.

        http://johnpilger.com/articles/from-pol-pot-to-isis-anything-that-flies-on-everything-that-moves

  2. mrmarcpc

    The tories and their tory rag mates will do anything to make Corbyn look bad, whether it’s true or not and generally, it’s the latter.

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