Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will today give a speech that marks a turning point in Labour’s General Election campaign – a removal of the velvet gloves to reveal steel fists to hit the Tories where it hurts.
Theresa May said years ago that she wanted the Tories no longer to be seen as the ‘nasty party’, but the label has stuck with them and her words on entering Downing Street have turned out to be a hollow sham.
Corbyn has, so far, refrained from any kind of personal attack on May, but today he will turn his fire on her personal record of broken promises, failure and dishonesty, telling his audience, the media and the country:
The Tories want the next four weeks to be a coronation, not an election.
No debates. No discussion of the big issues.
Make it all about Theresa May and don’t mention the Conservative Party
But the British people know that Theresa’s Tories are still the nasty party.
The Party of ruthless cuts to the National Health Service, and of longer waiting lists.
The Party of food banks.
The Party of insecure and unstable jobs
The Party of falling incomes
The Party of homelessness
The Party of soaring class sizes in school
Of course the Conservatives remain a very nice Party for the rich and big business. The people who are their priority in a Tory Brexit.
And let me share a secret with you, one the Conservatives seem to want to keep quiet.
Theresa May is the leader of this nasty party – her words, not mine.
She may talk of bringing the country together. But everything her government does is pushing people apart.
A year ago she promised action on grotesque boardroom pay.
Nothing has happened– pressure from fat cats has seen to that.
A year ago she pledged a new deal at work, including worker representation on company boards
Nothing happened – her backbenchers nipped that in the bud.
And of course she promised that there would be no early election.
Her own ambition has added that to the list of broken pledges.
And the Tories try to tell us she is decisive.
The truth is that this Lady is for turning – as long as it is in favour of the vested interests the Tories hold dear.
Politics is crying out for honest and decent leadership, for the many and not the few.
We will never get that from the Nasty Party.
Corbyn’s supporters have long known there’s a steely core to the gentlemanly exterior, as the Labour leader has taken everything his own party’s right wing and the hostile media could throw at him – and is still standing, without ever having returned the abuse in kind.
But it’s time for the gloves to come off – and Theresa’s Tories and their media, already flailing and misleading because of Labour’s flying start to their election campaign and the popularity of their leaked manifesto, are unlikely to enjoy it.
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