Corbyn will say general election will be a “crossroads for our country – a once-in-a-generation chance to change direction.”
In a barnstorming speech today at the Pen Green Children’s Centre in key Tory-held marginal seat Corby in the East Midlands, Corbyn will set out his vision to rebuild Britain, promising he “will do everything necessary to stop a disastrous No Deal” Brexit – and will call Boris Johnson “Britain’s Trump“.
The Conservative Party’s failure on Brexit, and its lurch to the hard right, has provoked the crisis our country faces this autumn. After failing to negotiate a Brexit deal that would protect jobs and living standards, Boris Johnson’s Tories are driving the country towards a No Deal cliff edge.
We will do everything necessary to stop a disastrous No Deal, for which this government has no mandate. Boris Johnson’s government wants to use No Deal to create a tax haven for the super-rich on the shores of Europe and sign a sweetheart trade deal with Donald Trump: not so much a No Deal Brexit as a Trump Deal Brexit.
On the expected general election this autumn, he will add:
Labour believes the decision on how to resolve the Brexit crisis must go back to the people. And if there is a general election this autumn, Labour would commit to holding a public vote, to give voters the final say, with credible options for both sides, including the option to remain.
“It will be a once-in-a-generation chance for a real change of direction, potentially on the scale of 1945 or 1979. Things cannot go on as they were before.“
But Corbyn will also say that while a no-deal Brexit is a huge threat to the country, there are even greater problems that we face – including the urgent need to remove “Britain’s Trump” Johnson:
But while Brexit is the framework of the crisis we face, the problems facing our country run much deeper. A general election triggered by the Tory Brexit crisis will be a crossroads for our country. It will be a once-in-a-generation chance for a real change of direction, potentially on the scale of 1945 or 1979. Things cannot go on as they were before.
The Conservatives, and the wealthy establishment they represent, have failed our country. They have failed to protect living standards, savaged our public services, deepened inequality and failed to keep us safe. Boris Johnson and his hard right Tory cabinet have direct responsibility for the Tory decade of devastating damage done to our communities and the fabric of our society.
However the Brexit crisis is resolved, the country faces a fundamental choice. Labour offers the real change of direction the country needs: a radical programme to rebuild and transform communities and public services, invest in the green jobs and high tech industries of the future, and take action to tackle inequality and climate crisis.
The Tories have lurched to the hard right under Boris Johnson, Britain’s Trump, the fake populist and phoney outsider, funded by the hedge funds and bankers, committed to protecting the vested interests of the richest and the elites, while posing as anti-establishment.
The Labour leader will round off his speech by reminding voters that the next general election will come down to the question of whom you can trust – and that Johnson cannot be trusted:
The Tories under Boris Johnson cannot be trusted to deliver on their quick fix election promises – because their first priority is tax cuts for the big corporations and the richest. Boris Johnson and the Tories can’t be trusted to deliver for the majority because they will always look after their own. Instead of fixing a failed system, they will turbocharge its inequalities, insecurities and climate destruction.
Labour can be trusted to deliver: to end austerity, to take on the elites and the vested interests holding people back, and to transform our country for the many, not the few.
Labour can be trusted to take the radical steps necessary to protect the environment and provide hope, decent jobs, secure homes, opportunity to every nation and region, and build a fairer country that works for all.
Our country has been held back for too long by the establishment that Boris Johnson and the Tories represent. Labour will deliver the change that’s needed.
After years of elite-driven austerity and neglect, we will recharge our politics with a massive injection of democracy, kicking out the big money interests and putting the people in the driving seat.
We will rebuild our public services by taxing those at the top to properly fund services for everyone. We will drive up people’s living standards by boosting pay, improving rights and running our utilities and parts of the economy in the interests of the millions, not the multi-millionaires. And we will transform our communities with investment in every part of our country, breathing new life into our high streets, giving security to older people and hope and opportunities to our young people.
Again Corbyn is ‘parking his tanks on Tory lawns’ by giving his speech in a Tory marginal. A speech that pulls no punches in its description of the effects of Tory government – and about the unelected, hard-right buffoon who has fallen into running it.
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