Diane Abbott's interview was the most excruciating I've ever seen, says former Labour advisor

'Diane Abbott's interview was the most excruciating interview ever and unforgivable', says former Labour advisor

Diane Abbott struggled to explain Labour's policy (Stock image)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Former Labour advisor Kevin Meagher says the interview Diane Abbott gave about Labour's policing policy was the most excruciating he has ever seen, and he claims it is unforgivable. 

The shadow home secretary was speaking about Labour's promise to put 10,000 more police officers on the streets, but struggled to explain how this move would be funded.

Her interview came after John McDonnell gave a speech in Trafalgar Square in front of a Syria flag associated with the Assad regime at a May Day rally.

Meagher, who now edits Labour Uncut, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that these events, along with Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, look horribly unprofessional.

Turning to McDonnell, he claimed it was very irresponsible for the shadow chancellor to have made the speech at the rally, which he says was filled with people who are like eternal students - still trying to shock their parents.

He also said that McDonnell's choice of backdrop - a flag displaying the hammer and sickle - was particularly inopportune. In fact he said it was akin to Nigel Farage standing in front of a swastika.

However Meagher believes that, even if policies were presented well, Labour wouldn't win the general election. The question now is simply the scale of the defeat.

Listen to the full interview above