Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has told a public meeting he considers Winston Churchill “a villain”.
In a move sure to boost Labour’s popularity among the general public, Mr McDonnell condemned Churchill – voted Greatest Briton in a 2002 poll – for his role in dealing with striking miners in 1910.
Political experts say the public statement was part of a long-term strategy by Labour to charm the public for voting for them by striking a populist note when talking about well-known public figures.
This may explain Diane Abbott’s recent attack on Sir David Attenborough, calling him a “boring old white man, always trying to ‘mansplain’ climate change and plastic pollution in his posh privately-educated voice”.
Just last week Emily Thornberry used a speech at Cambridge University to describe Gareth Southgate as a “waistcoat-wearing wally with a gormless horse face”.
And during a recent visit to Devon, Jeremy Corbyn tore into the Andrex Puppy, condeming him as “a bland, pointless animal who doesn’t even know how to wipe his own arse.
“I’d love to grab it by the ears and drown it in a toilet.”
His comments were met with wild applause and a standing ovation.
Political writer John Harkes said the attacks were highly co-ordinated to try to broaden Labour’s appeal upon the common man – and women.
“They’re definitely trying to strike a populist tone by slating figures that most Britons can’t stand. Don’t be surprised if we see further attacks on Stephen Fry, Thora Hird and The Two Ronnies at some point in the future.”