Jeremy Corbyn has launched the most radical Labour manifesto in decades, promising an “investment blitz” that would leave no corner of the UK untouched and welcoming the hostility of billionaires, big business and dodgy landlords. Speaking at an upbeat event at Birmingham City University, where students and activists leaned over balconies adorned with banners setting out Labour’s policies, Corbyn urged the public to vote for “hope” at the general election in three weeks’ time.
But it confused many of her 5.5million followers, who were left baffled whether or not she was being sarcastic or genuinely felt so strongly about the money-grabbing policy agenda. In recent years, the millionaire Grammy-winner has turned to political activism and offered her backing to the left-wing Labour leader, who today revealed his vision to overhaul British society which he would fund by raiding the pockets of the rich.
Unveiling the 105-page document in Birmingham, Jeremy Corbyn said it was fully costed – and fully possible, stuffed with policies “the political establishment has blocked for a generation”. “You can cut all the flowers, but you cannot keep Spring from coming,” he proclaimed.
He added: “If the bankers, billionaires and the establishment thought we represented politics as usual, that we could be bought off, that nothing was really going to change, they wouldn’t attack us so ferociously. Why bother? “But they know we mean what we say. They know we will deliver our plans, which is why they want to stop us being elected.”