JOHN McDONNELL appeared on The Andrew Marr show on Sunday and the Labour shadow chancellor was ASKED if he wanted to hear a clip of comments he made about Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Secretary Esther McVey.
McDonnell replied: “You don’t need to, I know exactly what was on it.”
In his comment, he quoted a constituent who had said that Ms McVey should be lynched, a recording of which was later released.
The shadow chancellor also refused to apologise and “I said then I did not support what was happening, of course, I didn’t support that.”
“It is for those people who made that statement if they wish to make that apology.”
Twitter users were quick to call out the easy interview by Marr and The Andrew Marr Show’s editor, Rob Burley even admitted he gave McDonnell editorial control.
I think that's a distortion of what happened. We raised the EM comments – as we have on numerous occasions – and asked him to clear them up once and for all. As part of that we wanted to see whether the audio was something he wanted to call in evidence. He didn't.
— Rob Burley (@RobBurl) January 21, 2018
Right. So you’ve confirmed it. You gave McDonnell editorial control over what was broadcast to your audience.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) January 21, 2018
The editor was accused of letting McDonnell of the hook by Twitter user @proud_teamtory.
Disgraceful. You let him off by giving him a choice. Why is he making your editorial decisions?
— SAM ✡️🇬🇧🏴 (@S__A__M) January 21, 2018
And another user said:
Come come. Everyone who saw it isn't going to fall for that! If it were a @UKIP politican there, you would certainly (and rightly) have played it.
— Proper Democrat (@ProperDemocrat) January 21, 2018
The BBC’s Sunday Politics Twitter account later posted the audio recording on it’s Twitter feed.