Matters must be bad for the Conservatives if their friends in the press are trying to use this as a distraction:
According to the Torygraph and others, those loony lefties at Labour have been showing how crazy they are by refusing to take £30 grand from Ronald McDonald so he can stage an “interactive experience” praising British farmers and produce.
It’s loony because Labour is in a deep financial crisis, and it’s leftie because Labour is run by snobs who turn their noses up at Maccie D-style fast food (according to Tom Harris in the Torygraph).
He kindly adds that the Tories and the SNP have already welcomed McDonald’s “with open wallets”.
That’s very interesting. Damning, in fact. Not of Labour, though, but of the Tories and the SNP.
Look at this:
That’s right – McDonald’s has been dodging tax on a fortune in earnings for longer than the Conservatives have been in government.
The Tories have done nothing to prevent this. Considering their leader’s tangled tax affairs, it is easy to understand why. And there’s our first point:
All this story does is re-focus attention on tax dodging and the fact that Conservatives not only allow it, but encourage it and participate in it themselves. Taxation is for the ‘little people’, in their opinion.
What’s not quite so clear is why the SNP want to take tax-dodged money and promote a tax-dodging multinational. Perhaps Ms Sturgeon would like to explain?
Secondly, Labour is not facing a financial crisis:
The graph shows very clearly, as Eoin Clarke tweeted: “Labour membership has doubled. Finances are soaring. We have paid off our debt. We can now become Crony Donor free.”
Third, McDonald’s is an appallingly bad employer. It refuses to recognise trade unions and employs people on zero-hours contracts.
That is why Labour doesn’t want anything to do with it.
Next time the Torygraph or some other tattle-sheet comes out against Labour with a hysterical headline:
Ask yourself, who are the real loonies?
The fast food giant had offered Labour £30,000 for the privilege of staging an “interactive experience” in support of British farmers and producers. The Tories and the SNP have already welcomed them with open wallets; Labour has delivered a big McNo.
Snobbery towards McDonald’s is nothing new on the British Left. You only have to mention their name on Twitter to provoke a deluge of self-righteous comments from people living in London who wouldn’t dream of letting little Marcus or Louisa sink their perfectly aligned incisors into a Big Mac or a McChicken Sandwich.
So why, when the party is facing the greatest financial crisis of its existence thanks to the government’s egregious trade union legislation, does the party feel it can turn its nose up at an easy 30 grand?
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