John McDonnell sorry for IRA comment
17 September 2015
From the section UK Politics
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has apologised for saying in 2003 that IRA members should be “honoured”.
The MP, appointed by new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, said the comments had clearly caused offence and apologised “from the bottom of my heart”.
He said he had been urging militants to “put their weapons away”.
Speaking on BBC Question Time, he also said he was sorry for an “appalling joke” about former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
In 2010, he said that if he could go back in time he would “assassinate Thatcher”.
Challenged on this remark by a member of the audience, he said: “It was an appalling joke. It’s ended my career in stand-up, let’s put it that way, and I apologise for it as well.”
If I gave offence, and I clearly have, from the bottom of my heart I apologise, I apologiseJohn McDonnell, Shadow chancellor
Mr McDonnell’s remarks about the “bravery” of the IRA have been highlighted since his appointment to Mr Corbyn’s shadow cabinet.
Speaking on Question Time, he said at the time he made the comments it had looked like “we were going to lose the peace process”.
Source:: BBC UK