Now it’s class war, comrades
Surprise, surprise! Corbyn targets the wealth creators
JEREMY Corbyn was accused last night of preaching the politics of envy as he vowed to tackle the ‘corrupt system’ of tax dodgers and bad bosses.
The Labour leader will launch the party’s election campaign today seeking to characterise the fight as a once-in-ageneration chance to ‘take on the vested interests holding people back’.
Unveiling a highly personalised anti-elite message, he will attack the Duke of Westminster, 28 – a godfather to Prince George – for being a ‘dodgy landlord’.
Mr Corbyn will single out billionaire chemicals executive Sir James Ratcliffe as a ‘big polluter’ and hedge fund boss Crispin Odey as a ‘greedy banker’. And he will accuse Mike Ashley, the Sports Direct chief executive, of exploiting his workforce.
But Tory MPs warned that Labour was simply going after people who create jobs.
The Labour leader will warn the elite that ‘real change is coming’.
‘This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country, take on the vested interests holding people back and ensure that no community is left behind,’ he will say.
‘When Labour wins, the nurse wins, the pensioner wins, the student wins, the office worker wins, the engineer wins. We all win.’
Mr Corbyn will say Labour puts its faith in the ‘spirit and commitment to community’ of the British people, adding ‘it is your country’, not the property of ‘born-to-rule Conservatives’ who ‘protect the privileged few’.
He will say the elite are scared of the British people, which is why ‘they’ll throw everything at us’ in this election ‘because they know we’re not afraid to take them on’.
Shrugging off concerns about a winter election, Mr Corbyn will say: ‘Labour will be out there in every city, town and village… bringing a message of hope and change to every community. Even if the rivers freeze over, we’re going out to offer real change for the many, not the few.’
He will add: ‘Boris Johnson thought he was being smart holding this election in a dark and cold December. He thinks you won’t go out to vote. He thinks you won’t go out to campaign.
‘All we need to keep us warm is the thought of removing Boris Johnson’s Conservatives from government and the chance to rebuild and transform our country.’
Last night Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said: ‘This is the politics of envy, pure and simple, and going after people who create jobs.
‘The multimillionaire Jeremy Corbyn is seeking to destroy the capitalist system. But voters need to understand that everything that is good starts with someone making profit and paying tax.
‘All that Corbyn’s Labour Party is offering the people is a Venezuelan system without the sunshine.’
Tory chairman James Cleverly said: ‘Corbyn’s extreme economic ideas would wreck the economy like Labour always do, with fewer jobs, less money for public services and ordinary people paying the price through higher taxes.’
The Duke of Westminster, Hugh Grosvenor, came under fire over a bid to demolish five buildings in Westminster and replace them with new shops and homes.
In 2016, MPs on the business, innovation and skills select committee accused Mr Ashley of running Sports Direct like a ‘Victorian workhouse’. The company said it would address ‘any shortcomings’.
Sir James’s firm Ineos has been accused of contributing to plastic pollution of the oceans and has launched a campaign to turn the tide.
Hedge fund manager Mr Odey has been accused of profiting from the Brexit vote and the 2017 hung parliament by speculating on the value of the pound.