The Labour leader, who yesterday insisted he had a mandate to scrap Trident, was asked directly if he would ever launch a nuclear attack. Mr Corbyn replied: ‘No.’
The veteran socialist dedicated large parts of his conference address to attacking the motives of the Tory party – accusing them of being out to protect the rich.
However, the attacks are almost identical to a speech written and published online four years ago by a blogger called Richard Heller written in 2011. Hmm stranger by the day.
BACKBENCH Labour MP Rachael Maskell has called for Britain to continue letting in migrants until we reach “saturation point”.
At a rally she asked: “What does it matter if we have to wait another week for a hospital visit? Or if our class sizes are slightly bigger, or if our city is slightly fuller?”
Actually, Ms Maskell, for those who have to rely on the NHS or on our frequently overcrowded state schools it matters rather a lot.
She is so far divorced from reality she even hailed the election of Jeremy Corbyn as “amazing”.
The Winter of Discontent refers to the winter of 1978–79 in the United Kingdom, during which there were widespread strikes by public sector trade unions demanding larger pay rises, following the ongoing pay caps of the Labour Party government led by James Callaghan against Trades Union Congress opposition to control inflation, during the coldest winter for 16 years.
The strikes were a result of the Labour government’s attempt to control inflation by a forced departure from their social contract with the unions by imposing rules on the public sector that pay rises be kept below 5%, to control inflation in itself and as an example to the private sector. However, some employees’ unions conducted their negotiations within mutually agreed limits above this limit with employers. While the strikes were largely over by February 1979, the government’s inability to contain the strikes earlier helped lead to Margaret Thatcher‘s Conservative victory in the 1979 general election and legislation to restrict unions. Public sector employee strike actions included an unofficial strike by gravediggers working in Liverpool and Tameside, and strikes by refuse collectors. Additionally, NHS ancillary workers formed picket lines to blockade hospital entrances with the result that many hospitals were reduced to taking emergency patients only.
The phrase “Winter of Discontent” is from the opening line of William Shakespeare‘s Richard III: “Now is the Winter of our Discontent / Made glorious summer by this sun of York…”, and was first applied to the events of the winter by Robin Chater, a writer at Incomes Data Report. It was subsequently used in a speech by James Callaghan and translated to define a crisis by tabloids – including The Sun.
The weather turned very cold in the early months of 1979 with blizzards and deep snow, the coldest since 1962–63, rendering some jobs impossible, reducing retail spending and worsening the economy.
Labour have a past history that everyone should read up on digest and never allow to raise it’s head. Corbyn is a by product of the seventies lets not be fooled with hard line socialist rhetoric.
Inside the hall, McDonnell’s speech got a standing ovation from left-wing “comrades.”
But outside moderate former Labour ministers cringed — and Tory MPs and business leaders predicted that a McDonnell-run Treasury would cripple aspiration and rapidly wreck the British economy.
Treasury Secretary David Gauke said: “Labour are a serious risk to Britain’s economic security.”
British Chambers of Commerce director general John Longworth said: “There is a difference between an entrepreneurial state — one that supports growth and innovation — and a big state, reaching into and directing every facet of business and national life.
“John McDonnell is right to go back to first principles and review the shape of the UK economy. However, he must not prejudge these reviews or insist on attacking business and wealth creators when a conversation is what is needed.”
CBI director general John Cridland warned: “There is a risk that when the economy is close to full capacity, intervening in monetary policy could increase economic volatility, push up inflation and raise borrowing costs for households and businesses.”
Mark Littlewood, director general at the Institute of Economic Affairs, said Labour’s hard-left economic rhetoric was “deeply disturbing.”
I wonder what’s next.
A ten year work plan.
Scrap Trident opps they have decided against that the unions said no.
Scrap the armed services.
To be honest we should get Banksy to make them a mini communist holiday village and send them all there with a state pension.