Two years ago, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell called for Philip Green’s knighthood to be removed for his ‘vandalism’ British Home Stores pensions scandal – and said similar about Richard Branson because of his tax-exile status and his attempt, as McDonnell saw it, to ‘undermine’ democracy by accusing Jeremy Corbyn of lying about being on an over-full Virgin train. The SKWAWKBOX subsequently showed Corbyn’s account was accurate.
Following his calls, McDonnell was castigated as ‘anti-business’ by right-wing MPs and others.
Today, after Green was named under parliamentary privilege by Peter Hain as the person facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment who had allegedly used non-disclosure agreements to gag complainants and an injunction to silence a newspaper, the voices that attacked McDonnell are conspicuously silent on the issue.
How bleakly unsurprising.
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