Our wel­fare de­pends on a strong PM

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News -

THE Tories like to give the im­pres­sion that Brexit talks with Labour are go­ing rather well. But in an exclusive in­ter­view with the Sun­day Mir­ror, John McDonnell paints a very dif­fer­ent pic­ture.

The Shadow Chan­cel­lor says min­is­ters fall out with one an­other in front of the Labour team. Which is a funny way to ne­go­ti­ate.

And with the Gov­ern­ment vis­i­bly dis­in­te­grat­ing, Mr McDonnell says it’s hard to have con­fi­dence in the talks pro­duc­ing an en­dur­ing re­sult.

He puts his fin­ger on the prob­lem which faces the whole na­tion. The coun­try is sail­ing in a rud­der­less ship of state whose crew might chuck the skip­per over­board at any mo­ment.

We hope these talks succeed. We hope Brexit will be sorted out once and for all. But like the Shadow Chan­cel­lor, we are scep­ti­cal.

And be­cause Brexit oc­cu­pies every Tory wak­ing mo­ment, there is a vac­uum of ideas needed to solve the na­tion’s ills.

Not so with Labour. Mr McDonnell is keen to give Universal Ba­sic In­come a try. So is this news­pa­per. It may not be the an­swer to our com­plex and chaotic ben­e­fits sys­tem, but we’ll never find out un­less we have the courage to give it a go.

Re­ju­ve­nat­ing our high streets will be a Labour pri­or­ity. And it can come none too soon. Wait much longer and there will be lit­tle left to res­ur­rect.

Jeremy Cor­byn yes­ter­day promised un­der­18s a liv­ing wage of £10 an hour. That’s what we call real in­come re­form.

The coun­try is cry­ing out for lead­er­ship. And if the Tories can­not pro­vide it, Labour is ready and will­ing.

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