You’ve got to hand it to Richard Burgon, the man’s not short on ideas (whether or not they’re good ideas is another matter). First, it was his plan to give Labour’s left-wing members a veto on UK military action. Now he’s promised to set up the ‘Tony Benn School of Political Education’.
And what would Labour members benefit from learning according to Burgon? That’s right, ‘alternative economics’. No doubt the Leeds East MP will take advantage of some ‘alternative facts’ to teach that particular course.
In an interview with LabourList announcing the ‘university’, Burgon praised the failed Labour Live concert – and also a festival organised by the French Communist Party newspaper. Discussing the concert, the shadow justice secretary said ‘There’s no shame in trying’ – those watching Burgon’s campaign might disagree…
Mr S does have one question for the self-appointed teacher, however. Given this school is named after a passionate eurosceptic, will the curriculum include Benn’s principled objections the European Union?