Friday, 21 February 2020

Corbyn is 'hopelessly out of date'

Tony Blair, with his wife and children, own ten houses and twenty seven flats. Their London house in Connaught Square is worth over £8 million.


Yesterday he emerged from Connaught Square to do the rounds of the studios and tell us that The Labour Party must "build a new progressive coalition" with the Lib Dems. 


He attacked Jeremy Corbyn for advocating policies "which are hopelessly out of date and not suitable for addressing the problems of the 21st Century." He went on to warn us that "Labour's aim is not to trend on Twitter or to have celebrities temporarily fawn over us, our task is to win power".


This from the man described by the BBC as “the arch-exponent of celebrity endorsement.”


Amongst those who ‘fawned’ over Tony at No 10 when he was PM, were Sting, Sir Elton John, Bono, David Bowie, Bob Geldof, Mick Hucknall. Joan Collins, Dame Judi Dench, Cilla Black, Clive Anderson, Rosie Boycott, Delia Smith, Sir Richard Branson, Melvyn Bragg, Kevin Keegan and not forgetting Phil Redmond, the creator of Brookside. The theatre director Trevor Nunn, the conductor Sir Simon Rattle and the architect Lord Rogers, also sipped and supped with him. The full list is boringly longer.


Here is what is out of date. Tony Blair’s personal ‘fortune’ is, according to that left-wing newspaper, The Daily Telegraph an estimated £60 million.


This in the context of a country where the richest 1% of own more than twenty times the wealth of the poorest 20%.


An Oxfam study concluded that “more than 20 times” is an understatement with The Office for National Statistics emphasising that information on wealth inequality in the UK is "seriously incomplete" and that it’s particularly hard to measure the wealth of the very rich.


In the world as a whole the richest 1% have more than twice as much wealth as 6.9 billion people. 


While people at the top get influence, opportunities, power and invitations to pontificate in TV studios , people living in poverty miss out on the basics - like a decent education, healthcare, food and jobs. The ‘out of date’ Corbyn has been there to remind us of these facts.


On the same day that Blair was cabbing it from Connaught Square to Sky News and on to the BBC, Jeremy Corbyn was visiting flood victims in Rhydyfelin in Pontypridd. Two days earlier he was helping feed the homeless in Slough while the shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell, was at Belmarsh visiting the imprisoned truth-teller, Julian Assange.


Fuck knows where Boris Johnson was and I doubt we want to know!

Are we really sure the right person is in No 10 today?

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