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With Tony Blair urging the people to “rise up” against Brexit, Labour MP Diane Abbott complaining about bigoted online abuse, and PewDiePie accused of anti-Semitism, it’s been an uproarious week in politics.
Joining us to chew this over are the ladies of DAS Podcast, Ruby Pabani and Charlie Brades-Price, whose excellent periodical podcast sees feminism take on the likes of beauty, pregnancy and the Internet.
Image credit – Tony Blair by World Travel and Tourism Council
Labour chancellor John McDonnell may have provoked laughter in the Commons this week for quoting from Mao Zedong’s Little Red Book, but at least he did not defend the views of the Chinese tyrant.
The same cannot be said, however, for international development shadow secretary Diane Abbott, who told the Beeb’s This Week that were some upsides to Chairman Mao’s murderous rule when asked why people wore t-shirts with his image on.
Hackney MP Diane Abbott went on Radio 4 on Tuesday morning in a bid to rectify the damage caused by news that a civil war had broken out among Labour MPs after the leadership reversed its position on the government’s fiscal charter.
A bemused John Humphrys provoked laughter from Abbott as she attempted to dispel the view that Labour’s chancellor John McDonnell believes “the deficit can go hang”, after it emerged he does not support the government’s plans to balance the budget after investment spending is taken into account.