Just because they may be upsetting to certain members of the party, that doesn’t mean they are inaccurate.
Labour MPs have asked Jeremy Corbyn to explain why he has appointed a head of policy who welcomed the shadow chancellor Ed Balls losing his seat in the 2015 general election.
On the morning after the general election, Andrew Fisher posted on Twitter that it was “fitting that the architect of Labour’s miserable austerity-lite economic policies should lose #Balls”.
It was one of a series of tweets from Fisher, posted before he began working for Corbyn, that were highly critical of the previous Labour leadership. He also described the Labour front bench as “the most abject collection of complete shite” in September last year.
Fisher also argued that the former shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper was following policies worse than the British National Party. Fisher, discussing Cooper’s policies in May this year, wrote: “BNP policy = no benefits to people who haven’t paid in. Cooper = no benefits even if paid in for 3yrs+”
A spokesman for Corbyn said he was not prepared to comment and referred inquiries to the Labour press office. Fisher is a former head of policy at the PCS Union and author of The Failed Experiment, which argues that over the last 35 years, “politicians of all parties in government ceded power over fundamental sectors of our economy to a new oligarchy of corporations”.
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