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John McDonnell: 2019 manifesto ‘not radical enough’ for today
The Labor Party is currently embroiled in an identity crisis after its beating in the local elections in England. Hartlepool was the biggest blow to the party, one of the last remaining parts of its once unbreakable red wall. Many noted, however, that he had already been lost in the 2019 general election as the Brexit Party split the Conservative Party’s vote.
Regardless of that, those who rose through the Labor Party ranks before Sir Keir Starmer claimed the loss in Hartlepool – as well as in councils across England – proved the electorate wanted the former leader’s radical policies. Jeremy Corbyn.
In particular, John McDonnell, former Home Secretary, the day after the election results, called on Sir Keir to reassess his centrist position.
He and Richard Burgon, the MP for Leeds, along with Bell Ribeiro-Addy, Ian Mearns and Pauline Bryan – all Corbynites – presented a sweeping ‘Queen’s Alternative Speech’ on the Labor List, outlining their plans to implement a socialist program in Westminster and the country as a whole.
They explained how the coronavirus exposed ‘inequality and insecurity’ and that a ‘socialist government would build a fairer, healthier and greener Britain, and a more just and peaceful world’ was needed to counter that.
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Their statement went on to promise NHS workers a 15 percent pay rise, as well as “to ensure that all public service employees get a raise well above inflation, after a decade of freezing and salary cap “.
A “real wage bill” would be introduced to “end the indignity of poverty wages in all sectors of the economy” because “for too long there has been plenty for board members, but only bits and pieces for the rest “.
They said Mr. McDonnell and Mr. Burgon’s plans would also eradicate poverty by 2030.
Most controversial given Sir Keir’s opposition to the government’s corporate tax hike in its March budget, the group said it would bring forward a “budget bill [that] ensure that companies that have profited from the pandemic pay an exceptional tax on any excess profit â.
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They will also target Britain’s highest earners with income tax increases, and work with US President Joe Biden to impose an “overall minimum rate of corporate tax and fight havens more broadly. tax and tax evasion “.
Interestingly, they say they’ll get workweek reductions over time and check out four new holidays.
Many other bills relating to society and the economy are being launched.
It’s unclear how Mr. McDonnell and his allies plan to pay for it other than tax hikes.
Emblematic of Mr Corbyn’s years, the group’s vision culminates in plans to reinvigorate and empower UK unions.
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While Mr McDonnell has said Sir Keir should have a chance, he condemned his decision to sack Angela Rayner as party chair.
With that, Diane Abbott, former home secretary in the shadows, accused the chief of trying to “carry for the can” to Ms. Rayner the results.
Paul Embery, a trade unionist and Labor member, told Express.co.uk that the actions of the Corbynite Labor left amounted to “betrayal”.
Meanwhile, Gordon Brown, the former Labor Prime Minister, recently told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the party could not revert to Mr Corbyn’s policies if it was to deal with ‘seismic changes’ facing society, including widening social inequalities and nationalism.
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He said, âKeir Starmer and his leadership are facing all of these changes.
“So the Labor Party has to change, we can never have the same policies as in 1997 – they cannot be the same as in 2019.
“He needs to be given the space and the power and the leaders who are working with him to change the Labor Party, so that he can face these fundamental challenges which have been made worse by Covid.”
Yet after that, Mr McDonnell suggested Mr Burgon and the dismissed Rebecca Long-Bailey be promoted to the vanguard of Sir Keir, telling LBC radio: “Becky Long-Bailey was in my team and she was one of the sharpest I have ever encountered. “
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Of Mr Burgon, he added: “If you look at what he did on the justice file, he was excellent. I think he was one of the sharpest ministers in the shadow cabinet that we have. have had and he was good standing on the floor of the house.
âI know there has been bashing in the media, but they’re not necessarily our best friends.
“People underestimate him – a good young lawyer knows his stuff. I think the government should be held to account.”