British Labour’s Corbyn interviewed

This video from England says about itself:

22 April 2017

Jeremy Corbyn addresses the public in Crewe.

Jeremy is the most trustworthy politician I have ever had the pleasure in meeting. The reason the right-wing mainstream media are attacking him is because he can not be bought. He is a threat to tax dodgers and cares about the poor and working class.

When newspapers like the Daily Mail (who pay NO tax in the UK) attack him, then you know he is doing the right thing.

When people say he won’t nuke people, is that really a bad thing? You do know what will happen in a nuclear war? We all die!

When people say he is a terrorist sympathiser, because he brings them to the negotiating table and delivers PEACE, is that a bad thing?

When he says he would rather not have had Bin Laden killed, let me ask you one question, how many answers do you get from a corpse?

[sarcasm] Let’s pay £200bn for a [Trident nuclear] missile that can’t fly straight and will actually destroy the sub that fired it!! [sarcasm off]

Corbyn is a TRUE socialist, he will not back down to the pressures of the very rich.

This big open air meeting was before the snap general election in Britain was called.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Q&A with Jeremy Corbyn

Thursday 1st June 2017

The Labour leader answers the Morning Star’s top questions

1. The Conservatives say you can’t be trusted on the economy — but can they be? What would Labour do to ensure ordinary people have more money in their pockets?

Our national investment bank and regional investment banks will finance growth by funding infrastructure projects and supporting new industries. Labour’s 20-point plan for a fair deal at work will give equal rights to all workers from day one and introduce a real living wage of at least £10 an hour by 2020.

The choice at this election couldn’t be clearer. Continuing low wages, under-funding of the NHS, head teachers forced to collect money from parents to pay for the teachers, the horrors of unfunded social care and a growing housing crisis under the Tories.

Or a Labour government that will invest in the future to build a high-wage, high-skill, high-growth economy that works for the many not the few. And Labour’s positive programme is fully costed and matched against revenue-raising measures, unlike the Tory manifesto.

2. Your enemies say that you’re soft — is Labour up to the job of keeping people safe?

Ensuring the safety of our communities demands properly resourced action across many fronts. It means upholding and enforcing our individual rights, promoting community relations, supporting our emergency services, tackling and preventing crime and protecting us from danger, including threats of terror and violence.

Only a Labour government will meet these challenges. As we set out in our manifesto earlier this month, Labour will recruit 10,000 more police officers, 3,000 extra firefighters …

We will also legislate to ensure safe staffing levels in the NHS, including for our ambulance services. …

As well as change at home, there will also be change abroad under a Labour government.

As I said in my speech on Friday last week, many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to the connections between wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.

That assessment in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions.

But an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people. We must be brave enough to admit the “war on terror” is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.

3. The old, state-owned companies like British Rail, British Telecom and British Gas were criticised as inefficient and indifferent to customer service. When you say you’ll bring back public ownership is this what we’re going back to?

No. Our public utilities like water and energy have been given away, often to foreign companies and state-run firms. Profits have gone to the shareholders, while the prices we pay have gone up and the quality of service has often deteriorated.

Enough is enough of this rip off.

Compare your experience of services run by and in the interests of the public — like our NHS … — and the privatised rail, energy, water and bus services. Remember when recruitment for the Olympics was outsourced to G4S, which was paid millions of our money for it, and then bodged the job. The armed services had to step in and sort it out.

Labour will take back control of what belongs to us — so we, the many, not the few, can benefit.

This will be a good investment for the British people because privatisation has failed.

Many countries around the world have public ownership of their utilities and they run better than they do in Britain.

The privatised water companies have paid out £18 billion in dividends to private shareholders in the last 10 years.

In the last year, the privatised water companies paid out 1,000 times more in dividends to private shareholders than they paid in corporation tax. Under Labour’s plans, the British people, not private shareholders, would benefit from the sector’s profits.

Water bills have risen 40 per cent above inflation since privatisation. With this investment, we can reduce water bills by around £100 per year per household, the equivalent of a 25 per cent reduction.

Overall, we estimate that bills could fall by £220 a year across energy and water under our plans.

4. You’re a socialist — that hasn’t been in fashion for a long time. What first brought you into politics and what motivated you to keep going for all the decades when your own party had turned its back on these ideas?

I have always stood up for what I believe in — the principles of equality, peace and social justice. This is what keeps me going and is exactly what I’ll do as prime minister.

5. Many papers are accused of bias against you and the Labour Party. How do you think the media can be improved?

I think media diversity it extremely important in a democratic society. I am a member of the NUJ and have worked on a newspaper in the past. I greatly value the role that journalism can play. Unfortunately, too many of our papers are owned by press baron billionaires. They attack us because we will transform Britain in the interests of the people.

6. Labour says the NHS is in crisis. Have you or your family ever been in a position where you really needed the NHS?

Every family in Britain has relied on our NHS at some stage in their life. It is the most civilised thing about our country. I am so proud of it and will always defend it and preserve its core founding principles.

7. Isn’t it the case that with people living longer, Britain can’t afford an NHS any more as the Tories say?

The Conservatives are failing our health service, which has been pushed into financial crisis and soaring deficits. Patients are facing longer waits, with hospitals overcrowded, understaffed and threatened with closure.

Labour will stand up for our NHS. We will always make sure the NHS has the funding it needs and will join up services from home to hospital with a properly integrated health and social care service.

Labour created the NHS to care for us all, now it’s time to care for the NHS. The choice is stark: a properly funded NHS under Labour or accelerating NHS privatisation and underfunding under the Tories.

8. You’ve taken a lot of abuse and insults, not just from the Conservatives but sometimes from your own party. How has that affected you?

I never ever rise to it because I didn’t become a politician in order to win praise or to avoid difficult decisions. I have always stood up for what I believe in and nothing has changed.

9. What’s at stake at this election? Why should people vote Labour?

This election is about the kind of country we want Britain to be. The choice is between Labour’s plan to transform Britain for the many not the few and a Conservative Party that has held people back and put the wealthy first. On June 8, let’s vote to move forward in the interests of the many.

9 thoughts on “British Labour’s Corbyn interviewed

  1. Why is the BBC so against Corbyn and Labour?

    IF YOU have been listening to the anti-Labour outpourings of BBC News you may wonder why they are so against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. The reason isn’t actually very hard to find.

    Take a look at the career of Nick Robinson, who presents the influential Today programme on Radio 4. Robinson moved to Today after 10 years as the BBC’s political correspondent.

    His earlier history has much to say about the political neutrality we should be able to expect from our state-owned broadcaster.

    Robinson was a founder member of Macclesfield Young Conservatives; he became chairman of the Cheshire Young Conservatives from 1982 until 1984, then a president of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1985.

    He got his first job in broadcasting with Piccadilly Radio and joined the BBC as a trainee in 1986, combining his new job with remaining as chairman of the National Young Conservatives until 1988.

    When he moved to Today he was replaced as BBC political correspondent by Laura Kuenssberg, who has proved even more sympathetic to the Tory cause. Only last year Kuenssberg was the subject of a BBC Trust ruling that one of her reports had broken the BBC’s own impartiality and accuracy guidelines.

    An interview by her with Jeremy Corbyn was edited to give a totally dishonest impression. Corbyn’s reply to one of her questions was in fact his answer to an entirely different question that wasn’t shown to viewers. Amazingly, after a rap over the knuckles, she kept her job.


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