JEREMY Corbyn has apologised after the shadow chancellor quoted Mao in the Commons yesterday, clarifying that he always preferred Pol Pot.
The Labour leader said that John McDonnell had unfortunately missed key policy sessions where it was agreed that Mao was a capitalist running dog whose Great Leap Forward was far too easy on the peasants.
Corbyn continued: “I always thought Mao was a bit of a poser, you know?
“All big posters and ostentatious blue tunics and to me, that is not what Communism is about.
“Whereas in Cambodia, or Kampuchea as I still call it, nobody even knew Pol Pot’s name. Brother number one, they called him.
“That’s very much how I’d see myself in government. Anonymous, not claiming any credit, just quietly working to eliminate the bourgeoisie.”
McDonnell said: “Mao killed 45 million people in a failed attempt to industrialise China, but according to Jeremy that achievement’s meaningless because he didn’t like his outfit.
“Don’t mind us, we’ve been going back-and-forth about our top ten leftist dictators for years.”