John McDonnell is in the firing line over Day of Rage, says Guido Fawkes blogger Paul Staines

John McDonnell believes Day of Rage protesters are within their rights - as long as they remain peaceful

John McDonnell has said people have a legitimate right to protest

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The man behind the Guido Fawkes political blog has said John McDonnell has created a "hostage to fortune" after being accused of whipping up support for the 'Day of Rage.'

Paul Staines spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer ahead of the State Opening of Parliament, and a high-profile protest demanding the displaced residents of Grenfell Tower be adequately rehoused.

When asked about the Day of Rage, McDonnell told BBC Radio 4 that people "have the legitimate right to demonstrate and protest," but made clear they have to be peaceful.

Despite his caveat, Staines said the shadow chancellor "is going to be in the firing line for inciting violence."

Previewing the Queen's Speech, Staines told our listeners the flagship policy announcement will tell us "very little. It's going to be very thinned-down."

"[Theresa May] won't want to risk anything that will antagonise her own backbenchers, or the DUP."

There has been widespread talk this morning that the Tories' discussions with the Democratic Unionist Party are mired in deadlock, with the ulster party disappointed by Theresa May's stance so far.

However Staines said that, eventually, "the DUP will come on board because one thing they don't want to see is Jeremy Corbyn in Downing Street"

Nonetheless, he added, the problems with the DUP show "[Theresa May's] negotiating tactics aren't very good - so it's just as well we don't have any big negotiations coming up!"

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