There’s an interesting article on the Guardian today from the invariably-excellent former music journalist John Harris entitled “The crisis in the Labour party goes much deeper than Ed Miliband”, which looks at how a 280-page policy document published this month by the Labour-leaning IPPR thinktank was boiled down by the party for public and media consumption to “cutting benefits for young people”.
That got us to thinking about something, but luckily before we’d wasted too much time on thinking we discovered that Labour Uncut had helpfully already done the research we were about to embark on for us.
Because it carried a piece last Thursday compiling some tweets from late 2013.
Alert readers will have spotted that that’s a list of tweets angrily denying that Labour were going to cut youth benefits. Most people will probably know that Owen Jones is a prominent left-wing commentator (also of the Guardian, formerly the Independent) and, to be fair, one often critical of and sceptical about Labour. But who are the others?
Matthew Pennycook is a Labour parliamentary candidate.
Tony McNulty was a Labour MP until he resigned in 2010 amid an expenses scandal.
We think it’s reasonable to say that those are all people pretty closely linked to the parliamentary Labour Party. All of them hotly and publicly rejected the idea that Labour would slash benefits for the young unemployed, right up to the moment when the party proudly announced it as official policy.
Do we need to fill in the rest of this article, readers, or can we go and have lunch?