The extent to which Labour under Jeremy Corbyn has shifted the political narrative is on clear display in the largely positive tone BBC News is giving to the ‘McStrike’ by McDonalds workers in Cambridge and Crayford in London.
Previous Labour leaders and their teams would have fidgeted uncomfortably during any industrial action, been asked mocking questions in Parliament by Tories and would have been invisible from the front line. Things couldn’t be more different now.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell gave an outstanding short speech to assembled, striking McDonalds workers and their supporters outside the Houses of Parliament this morning:
To cheers from the crowd he emphasised the importance of the action, the efforts that have gone into it and its international significance – reminding everyone what a huge difference it makes to have Labour led by people with the moral courage to stand unequivocally and without embarrassment on the side of ordinary people.
Jeremy Corbyn tweeted his support and Labour MPs like Laura Pidcock were proudly onside, both on and offline:
While the BBC included the employer’s attempt to minimise the significance of the industrial action, it was a small part of an otherwise positive tone toward the action. Clearly, being proud to stand up for exploited working people, instead of looking awkward and cowardly, works wonders:
Far from the right’s doom-laden predictions when Labour members voted for actual Labour leadership for the first time in decades, the unashamedly pro-worker stance of Corbyn and his team have changed the political narrative in spite of desperate attempts by media barons and the Tory party to drag it back.
The ‘McStrikers’ are fighting a battle that is important to all of us, because a victory for them can trigger changes that will be of enormous benefit to our work lives, our quality of life, our society and our economy. Labour’s leadership gets it and embraces it – and that’s changing everything.
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