Fresh from his advice that councillors couldn’t fight the cuts, John McDonnell makes this astounding observation in response to a question from the Liverpool Echo:
What do you make of Joe Anderson as Mayor of Liverpool?
“I think he’s been a really strong voice for Liverpool. A strong voice, dynamic and absolutely committed, working himself into the ground basically for the city and I think he’s done a great job. He’s one of the best advocates Liverpool has had for decades, to be honest.
“And when he comes down to London his voice is heard. He lobbies ministers. Within the Labour party he’s extremely well respected because of the advocacy he does on behalf of the city. I think he’s turning the city around. He’s got great ideas”
With all the respect I can muster, I think John is wildly out of touch and he should be reminded he is a member of Corbyn’s anti-austerity team. In that capacity he should make time to speak to those who have suffered from the £340m cuts Anderson’s council has imposed on the city’s neediest. John McDonnell’s stance is a slap in the face of all those campaigning to save libraries, to defend the disabled and the aged, and all those who suffered as a result if Mayor Anderson’s slavish implementation of Tory cuts. Not forgetting that he gave arch-Austerity supporter Lord Heseltine the Freedom of the City.