The shadow chancellor was earlier taken to task over his argument for “radical change” when questioned on Labour’s economic policies. He was asked: “What do you say to middle-income, middle of the road voters who are not traditional Labour supporters and hear your message of radical change and think that means more uncertainty, more upheaval after the whole Brexit drama. Is there anything you can say to reassure them or is the danger that you just frightened them?”
He replied: “I can tell you today that my first act as a chancellor will be to write to the Office for Budget Responsibility and we’ll ask them to begin their preparations for my first budget which will be given on February 5, the date when almost 10 years of cuts will come to an end.
“And when it happens, when it happens it will be down to the millions who stood up against what they saw has been happening in society.
“Just in the last few weeks we’ve seen the dedication and creativity of Labour Party members, ordinary people, up and down the country, inspiring us and inspiring millions of others by stepping up to this challenge.”
But Mr McDonnell’s comments have done little to reassure voters.
Responding to the story on the Express.co.uk Facebook page, reader Bryan Davis said: “This man is by far the most dangerous of all our politicians – he seems to want to destroy our country.”
Christine Eames posted: “I watched his speech too! Most dangerous man in politics at the present time. I don’t believe a word he says in his softly spoken voice.”
Dale Sowerby said: “Jesus, is this man for real? He would create a quagmire of bureaucracy so bad that nothing would get done.
“There would be so many different bodies scrutinising everything, it would be like Parliament has been for the last three years!!! God preserve us from this and other lunatics.”
Reader Paul Henderson-Kelly said Mr McDonnell was “sacked by Ken Livingstone for being too left wing” and warned “a return to the 1970s would be a tragedy for our country”.
He said: “People need to wake up to the subterranean move that is happening now where people don’t trust this prime minister, see the Conservative manifesto is one without any hope whatsoever and are looking for real change, and that’s what we’re providing.
“If we are a minority government we’ll implement our programme.
”I just warn the other political parties, we’ll implement a programme that has overwhelming popular support.
“If they want to press for a second election, we’re happy to have that.”