Mass support in Britain for Corbyn’s policies


Corbyn, Blairites and Conservatives, cartoon

On the left of this cartoon by Gary Barker from Britain is Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn advocating his policies. In the middle is the right wing of the Labour party, Tony Blair nostalgics, attacking Corbyn from within Labour. On the right is the Conservative party government of Prime Minister David Cameron (who has announced his resignation), attacking the National Health Service.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Public backs Corbyn‘s policies

Thursday 30th June 2016

Survey shows shift to the left – more spent on services – no more unfair cuts – people want job security

MORE people are in favour of increased government spending for those from less privileged backgrounds as the wealth gap widens even further, a landmark report revealed yesterday.

An overwhelming 82 per cent of people who consider themselves working class believe the differences between the haves and have-nots are increasing at a stark rate.

Sixty per cent of respondents to a survey by NatCen research centre say they are working class and 40 per cent describe themselves as middle class — the same percentages as in 1983.

Almost half of people in professional and managerial occupations say they are working class, the British Societal Attitudes report states.

However, more than two-thirds of workers said their bosses did not offer long-term job security although nearly everyone surveyed (92 per cent) said they wanted more certainty for the future.

Support for increasing taxation, and spending on infrastructure, is at its highest point in more than a decade since 2003, with 45 per cent of respondents in favour.

Seventy per cent are opposed to cutting benefits and 39 per cent think that the government should spend more the NHS and on welfare for the poor, particularly single parents.

NatCen research director Elizabeth Clery said: “We have witnessed a big rise in support for higher public spending; support is now back to a level not seen since before the financial crash.

“After seven years of austerity the public is clearly worried about the funding of the NHS and reckons that, for some groups at least, spending on benefits should be increased.

People’s Assembly general secretary Sam Fairbairn … said: “The truth is, after years of Tory-led governments, the austerity ideology has been exposed for what it really is — a redistribution of wealth from the poorest into the pockets of the rich.

“That’s what this government’s legacy will be. People are fed up with being told they have to tighten their belts while we see the corporations avoiding tax.

“Then the bankers had received massive bonuses and CEOs like Philip Green are risking pensions and jobs belonging to other people for their own gain.

The Tories are in their biggest crisis in years and public opinion is turning against them. We face a probable early election and a battle to put forward an alternative to austerity, racism and war.”

Emergency demonstrations organised by the People’s Assembly and Stand Up to Racism are being held on Saturday July 16 in London and across Britain.

LABOUR MPs behind the coup against Jeremy Corbyn are facing an angry backlash from grassroots activists who overwhelmingly support the party leader: here.

ISLINGTON Trades Union Council stands in solidarity with our elected MP and leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn: here.

LABOUR MPs trying to topple Jeremy Corbyn are only concerned with their own careers, young rail workers said yesterday. Young members at RMT conference in Cardiff posed with banners in solidarity with the Labour leader: here.

FEW Labour MPs have cited specific policy disagreements when venting their spleen at their party’s elected leader Jeremy Corbyn: here.

JEREMY CORBYN was handed a political gift yesterday as David Cameron weighed in behind the Blairite coup against the Labour leader, writes Luke James: here.

The opportunists sticking the knife into Corbyn are shamefully putting their own interests ahead of those of the country, writes HARRY LESLIE SMITH: here.

Those who attack Jeremy bring enduring disgrace on the Mother of Parliaments: here.

Labour Party gains 60,000 new members in one week following attempted coup against Corbyn. The figure is now even higher than its last peak of 440,000 members last seen under Tony Blair’s leadership [in 1997, before Blair’s government started driving Labour members away]: here.

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