John McDonnell has been urged by the Labour leadership to go ‘fully mental’ in order to distract from the antisemitism row currently engulfing the party. A key source close to Jeremy Corbyn told The Liberator that McDonnell has been strangely subdued in the current crisis, despite his obvious talent for grabbing headlines:
“We haven’t heard a really great, classic John McDonnell quote in a while, and I think that is starting to hurt us. What would really help right now would be for him to go on Andrew Marr and just say something crazy – really up the ante, you know? Something like ‘hang anyone earning over £30,000’, or ‘free railcards for gerbils’. That should give us a break from antisemitism headlines for a few days at least.”
Some have suggested this move is part of a wider distraction strategy being employed by Labour. Other schemes reportedly in the works include getting Keir Starmer to record a Brexit-themed Christmas album, and having Emily Thornberry start a fight in a local Wetherspoons.