How very interesting to read the following on another political website:
One of Labour’s biggest donors today warned the party’s moderate wing to “wake up” to the fact that continuing to promise austerity-lite was the “road to unelectability.”
JML chairman John Mills, who is normally associated with the Blairite wing of the Labour party, said the anti-austerity policies being pursued by Jeremy Corbyn “made a lot of sense” and could be popular with the public in 2020.
Speaking to reporters in central London, he said it was a fundamental mistake to compare the nation’s finances to a household paying off its credit card, and warned the UK was being condemned to long periods of low growth.
He said the policies being pursued by the government, and endorsed by some in the Labour party, risked causing widespread dissatisfaction with the governing class and would lead to an increase in support for parties such as Ukip.
Source: Labour donor backs Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity agenda – Economy
You see, only three months ago, we were being told a very different story:
Labour’s biggest private individual donor has pledged to stop giving money to the party now Jeremy Corbyn is leader and instead fund a group of MPs dubbed ‘The Resistance’.
John Mills, who gave £1.65 million under Ed Miliband, told The Telegraph that Labour would become a “protest” party under the hard-Left MP and warned his economic policies were unworkable.
Source: Labour’s biggest individual donor to stop funding party after Jeremy Corbyn’s victory – Telegraph
What do you think?
For This Writer’s money – and very good money it is, too – it seems clear the Torygraph was just trying to cause trouble; Mr Mills was never going to abandon Labour, but the suggestion would add fuel to the campaigns against him by Labour ‘intolerants’ such as Chuka Umunna and Tristram Hunt (whose Labour for the Common Good splinter group is name-checked as a possible alternative recipient of Mr Mills’s good graces).
We can hope that these, rather desperate, attempts to undermine Mr Corbyn will dissipate as we cross into 2016, but if they don’t, let’s all bear examples like this in mind…
And file stories like the Torygraph‘s in the litter bin where they belong.
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Personally, I think Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity is very popular.