This video from London, England says about itself:
15 June 2017
Corbyn: Residents of Grenfell Tower need to be rehoused locally.
‘The truth has got to come out‘: Jeremy Corbyn at fire scene.
Mr Corbyn said the London borough [of Kensington] was a ‘tale of two cities’ between a wealthy south and a poor north.
He suggested that ‘requisitioning’ vacant properties would be a solution to the shortage of available accommodation for those displaced.
‘Properties must be found – requisitioned if necessary – in order to make sure that residents do get rehoused locally,’ Mr Corbyn told a meeting of MPs.
‘How is it acceptable that in London you have luxury buildings and luxury flats kept empty as land banking for the future while homeless people look for somewhere to live?’
By Harry Leslie Smith in Britain:
Like in 1945, the young defied the Tories again
Saturday 17th June 2017
ON JUNE 9 the voice of the people affected by austerity, blighted by poverty, challenged by flat wages and disconcerted by an unrelenting housing crisis, roared their disapproval at the Tories for stitching up society to benefit the lifestyles of the 1 per cent.
After seven years of Tory administrations that were intent on removing compassion, kindness and commonsense from this country and scorching our land with more austerity, more tax breaks for the rich, less social services for the vulnerable, the people said: “No more.”
Political forecasters were dumbstruck on election night when exit polls at 10pm predicted a hung parliament.
As for me when I first heard these prognostications, I was stunned but not surprised. You see, unlike the talking suits that populate television, radio and print media, I do not live in a protected bubble of wealth and entitlement.
I am an ordinary man who, because of my advanced age, has lived through many extraordinary times during the 20th century. But in the end no matter what I’ve seen or done over my long life, I am now just a pensioner who takes the bus.
In my daily existence, I only rub shoulders with other ordinary people whose concerns are as simple, and as profound, as how they will be able to make the rent each month. I knew from all those I encountered over the last few weeks that things were different during this election because in the queues, at the shops or down at the local, I heard the clamour for change from all walks of life.
I saw in people’s faces and in their words an anger that bubbled up against the Tories after they launched their election manifesto that put the screws to every voter but the wealthy.
The Tories might have wanted to make this election about Brexit but they couldn’t because the pressing issue for people today is how to stretch their pennies into pounds because of an ideologically driven austerity.
It’s why Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign was so effective because he toured the nation like former US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt during the 1930s. Corbyn offered hope to all who had seen their living standards diminished from austerity and the decline of the welfare state.
He offered pragmatic socialism which stressed that society can’t work if the top 1 per cent and their corporations don’t pay their fair share of taxes.
Corbyn’s Labour Party manifesto struck a chord with the young in 2017 like the 1945 Labour manifesto struck a chord with my generation, when we were in our youth and our future stretched before us like new land to the eyes of sailors who had been too long at sea.
Jeremy Corbyn was able to deliver the largest vote share for the Labour Party since Clement Attlee’s historic 1945 general election because voters were able to finally identify that his economic vision for Britain wasn’t the enemy to prosperity but that May’s austerity was the real threat.
Corbyn, Momentum, the shadow cabinet and the thousands of volunteers out on the doorsteps or on social media have built a bridgehead for socialism.
Their tireless efforts for two years against enormously savage attacks from opponents within the party and media have given us a fighting chance of seeing triumph in the next election because May’s Tories have been reduced to a minority government.
The Tories have been so weakened by this election. They are now so craven and unworthy of government that their only way to cling to power now is to rely upon the homophobic, misogynistic DUP for survival.
Victory will soon be ours because the young have taken a stand against the terrible burdens placed upon them since 2010. They voted with their hearts and heads for Labour to make society work for all.
This 2017 snap election proved that our young are not indifferent to democracy but instead are passionately attached to voting if there is a candidate that promises real transformation to society, not just lip service to the voters. Corbyn connected with the young in this election and motivated 72 per cent of young voters to cast a ballot because he convinced them that they were worth more than flat wages, student debt and Tory austerity.
Long ago, I was part of another Labour political tide which sought to raise all boats on a wave of economic justice in the 1945 general election. It took place in July of that year. I was 22 and still in uniform as the second world war in Europe had just ended.
I knew how important it was for me to vote in that election because my family had been miners for hundred of years. But the Great Depression had scattered us from the coal fields and landed us into the slums of Bradford and afterwards into the outskirts of Halifax, where the streets looked like the decayed flesh on a mouldering corpse.
Like many of today’s youth, in my childhood and teens I was a victim of unrelenting poverty and a bleak future. Eighty years ago this month, I left school at 14, which was the custom for the working class then. I had few prospects because my education was limited to knowing my sums and knowing my place in the hierarchy of British society.
It is no different for many young people today whose prospects are hindered by a lack of opportunities or an inability to afford a proper education.
When I left school in 1937 I felt a great despondency; the cards were stacked against me because of my poverty, my lack of education or connections to a trade that could keep me gainfully employed.
The same holds true today for our youth who are ensnared by a rigged economic system that increasing looks like the one I encountered as a young man on the mean streets of Yorkshire.
But in the time it took for May to call and bottle the 2017 snap general election, the mood of young people in Britain has changed dramatically.
For me as an old man, it was a glorious sight to see the young grab hold of their birthright, the welfare state, through exercising their democratic rights on June 9. But austerity won’t end until we push the Tories from their precarious perch of power with another general election.
That’s why we must see the election results as the first of many waves that are surging in an ocean of political discontent that will eventually sweep away neoliberalism in Britain.
Harry Leslie Smith is a survivor of the Great Depression, an RAF veteran, activist for the welfare state, author of Harry’s Last Stand, Love Among the Ruins, 1923 and The Empress of Australia. He has a podcast available on iTunes and you can follow him on Twitter @harryslaststand.