News World 'Radical and ambitious': UK's Labour unveils socialist plan for Britain

‘Radical and ambitious’: UK’s Labour unveils socialist plan for Britain

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn unveiled his opposition party’s election manifesto on Thursday, setting out his “radical” plans to transform Britain with public sector pay rises, higher taxes on companies and a sweeping nationalisation of infrastructure.

Voters faces a stark choice at the Dec. 12 election: Corbyn’s plan for a socialist Britain, including widespread nationalisation and free public services, or Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s drive to deliver Brexit within months and build a “dynamic market economy”.

Speaking in the central English city of Birmingham, Corbyn launched his “green industrial revolution” plans saying only Labour could challenge the status quo, fighting for ordinary people against “bankers, billionaires and the establishment”.

“Labour’s manifesto is a manifesto for hope, that is what this document is – a manifesto that will bring real change,” Corbyn said. “A manifesto full of popular policies that the political establishment has blocked for a generation.”

Lagging in the polls, Corbyn hopes his message of change will drown out criticism of his Brexit stance, which even some in his party say lacks the clarity of Johnson’s vow to “get Brexit done”.

He will also hope to avoid comparisons with Labour’s most infamous attempt to sell Britons a socialist future – a 1983 manifesto described later by a then Labour lawmaker as “the longest suicide note in history”, which led to heavy defeat.

Both parties have promised to end economic austerity and spend more money on public services ahead of the election, which will determine how, when and even whether Britain’s departure from the European Union happens.

Trying to combat criticism from Johnson’s Conservative Party over Labour’s spending plans, Corbyn sought to say how Labour planned to pay for its platform, which also includes scrapping university fees and reducing the working week.

The manifesto showed an extra 82.9 billion pounds of spending, matched by 82.9 billion pounds of revenue-raising measures.

TIRED VOTERS

Most polls put the Conservative Party in front, but few are able or willing to predict a victor in the election.

Labour could be in a position to form a minority government if Johnson’s Conservatives fall short of an outright majority in parliament and rivals are prepared to support Corbyn as prime minister.

But to implement its manifesto in full the party would likely need an even bigger turnaround in the election race to claim a majority of its own. One polling expert described the chances of this as “close to zero” based on current evidence.

Held after three years of negotiations to leave the EU, the December election for the first time will show how far Brexit has torn traditional political allegiances apart and will test an electorate increasingly tired of voting.

Labour has put at the forefront of its campaign its attack on “vested interests”, taking aim at Johnson, who was educated at England’s elite Eton public school, has considerable personal wealth and whose party has wealthy backers.

Amongst the proposals, Labour said it would bring in a windfall tax on oil companies, de-list companies that do not contribute to tackling climate change and increase public sector pay by 5%.

“They know we will go after the tax dodgers, the bad bosses and the big polluters so that everybody in our country gets a fair chance in life,” Corbyn said.

His manifesto promised to reverse privatisations begun by former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s, by nationalising rail, mail, water, and BT’s broadband network to provide free internet for all.

Those pledges have been mocked by the Conservatives, with Johnson calling plans to nationalise broadband as a “crazed Communist scheme”.

Corbyn is defiant.

“If the bankers, billionaires and the establishment thought we represented politics as usual, that we could be bought off, that nothing was really going to change – they wouldn’t attack us so ferociously,” he said. “But they know we mean what we say.”

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Medical Association on Cyprus’ epidemiological situation

The Cyprus Medical Association is once again asking the public and businesses to make sure not to violate any protocols and to dutifully respect...

15-year-old missing since 20 October (PHOTO)

Police are looking for 15-year-old Antzel Ioannou, who has been reported missing from her place of residence in Nicosia since yesterday, 20 October. Ioannou is...

Education Committee approves distance learning for educational centers

The House Education Committee today discussed draft laws regarding distance learning by private schools and afternoon educational centers. President of the Committee Kyrakos Hadjigiannis...

Joint Declaration of the 8th Cyprus – Egypt – Greece Trilateral Summit

We, Nicos Anastasiades, the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the...

Mitsotakis-Anastasiadis hope Tatar will proceed with negotiations

Cyprus President, Nicos Anastasiades, and Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, expressed on Wednesday hope that the new Turkish Cypriot leader, Ersin Tatar, will not...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...