Now it’s class war, com­rades

Surprise, surprise! Cor­byn tar­gets the wealth cre­ators

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election - By Daniel Martin Pol­icy Editor

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.

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