by Berk Bektas
Jeremy Corbyn delivered his first major speech today in Central London since the announcement of the General Election. To an audience of Labour Party faithfuls, Corbyn outlined his arguments as to why the British Public should vote Labour.
In his speech, Corbyn promised to overturn a “rigged system set up by the wealth extractors for the wealth extractors.”
He promised that “things can, and they will, change. And Labour in this election will be part of a movement of the British people to make that change.” He went on to blame the wealthiest in society for Britain’s current austerity programme, as a result of the economic crash in 2008, as he went on the state: “How dare they crash the economy with their recklessness and greed, and then punish those who had nothing to do with it.”
He vowed to overturn this “rigged system” as, according to him, “the Conservatives will never do that. Seven years of broken promises show us that: on wages, the deficit, the NHS, our schools, our environment.”
“The Conservatives will use all the divide and rule tricks of the Lynton Crosby trade to protect the wealth extractors’ rigged system. ”
“If I were Southern Rail or Philip Green, I’d be worried about a Labour Government. If I were Mike Ashley or the CEO of a tax avoiding multinational corporation, I’d want to see a Tory victory. Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first.”
“That’s why we will prove the establishment experts wrong and change the direction of this election – because the British people know that they are the true wealth creators, held back by a system rigged for the wealth extractors.”
His speech repeatedly tried to portray an image of ‘us versus them, the very rich versus the common man,’ as he went on to state “of course those people (the wealthiest) don’t want us to win. Because when we win, it’s the people, not the powerful, who win. The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker win. We all win.”
Corbyn seems to be going all out to attract voters – he faces a massive challenge, as if he overturns the Tories lead of around 20 points in such a short amount of time, it’ll definitely be a political first. If polls stay as they are, the Tories are set to win a landslide victory, so Corbyn faces many hurdles to leap over up until polling day.
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