“We will overturn this rigged system. The Conservatives will never do that. Seven years of broken promises show us that: on wages, the deficit, the NHS, our schools, our environment.”
So states Jeremy Corbyn who promises to overturn “the wealth extractors’ rigged system” by breaking the rules of the “cosy cartel” that currently runs British politics.
The Labour leader says he would not “play by the rules” in order to “put the interests of the majority first,” positioning himself as a populist political outsider, to contrast with what he claims are the Conservative party “divide and rule tricks”.
According to The Independent, “Much of the media and establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion,” the Labour leader will tell his audience at Church House in central London.
“They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win.
“But of course those people 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.
Mr Corbyn will continue: “They say I don’t play by the rules – their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game. They’re quite right I don’t. And a Labour Government elected on 8 June won’t play by their rules.
The BBC adds that Corbyn said Labour would not back a second EU referendum.
Theresa May said the election was about ensuring “strong and stable leadership” for the UK. It was also about strengthening the government’s Brexit negotiating hand, she said. The PM is hoping to convert the Tories’ double digit poll lead into a bigger Commons majority.
Her decision to hold a general election – after previously insisting she would wait until 2020 – took her rivals and many in her own party by surprise. Mr Corbyn could have blocked it in Parliament but instead ordered his MPs to back the snap poll in a Commons vote on Wednesday.
After his speech, the Labour leader was asked to rule out backing a second EU referendum – replying that he respected the result but that the UK had to have continued access to the EU single market and should not “tear up the workers’ rights agenda, the environmental protection agenda, or any human rights agenda”.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell also declined to rule one out, telling the BBC the government should “put the deal to Parliament and possibly to the country overall”. But asked later, Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said: “A second referendum is not our policy and it won’t be in our manifesto.”
… to be continued..