Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell seems to be having a laugh at the expense of his opposite number in the Conservative Government, George Osborne.
Laughing off Osborne’s chances of being Prime Minister, he said Gideon was “a bit disconnected from the real world” – tell us something we don’t know, John! He’s a Tory toff – he could hardly be more disconnected from the real lives of UK citizens if he had spent the early part of his life in Shangri-La.
Mr McDonnell went on to say he thought Osborne’s judgement was “pretty poor”. As Shadow Chancellor, this is something you should expect to hear. Whether it strikes a chord with Tory backbenchers is yet to be seen.
Either way, the prospect of Justine Greening as a “surprising” candidate for Tory leader seems intentionally hilarious.
He’s mocking the Conservative Party, and we should all enjoy the joke while we can.
[John McDonnell] believes [George] Osborne has blown his chance at leadership and he thinks an unlikely contender could emerge to take over the Tories.
He’s tipping Justine Greening, the Tory International Development Secretary, to make an unlikely bid for power.
Ms Greening is 50/1 with Ladbrokes but Mr McDonnell thinks the Chancellor’s recent performance could open the door for her.
Mr McDonnell said: “I don’t think he’s bothered about hitting the targets he set anymore.
“He just wants to get to the leadership election and get that out of the way.
“You can see what he’s up to by the rows he’s picked in Cabinet. One of those was Theresa May, his main challenger over the police cuts.
“He’s put his ambition in front of the basic needs of the country
“But I think he’s got real problems now.
“Everyone built him up as this Machiavellian mastermind but actually I think his judgement is really poor.
“I get the feeling he’s a bit disconnected from the real world.
“I think as Tory MPs come back from their constituencies they are saying to each other, hang on a minute none of this is working.
“I have a sneaking suspicion there might be another runner.
“If Osborne does blow it I don’t think they’ll risk Boris.
“So I think it might be someone surprising. I would have a look at Justine Greening.”
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