Fooled by Labour
Ayesha Hazarika is right to challenge Jeremy Corbyn’s policies (Perspective, 26 July). The targeting of Snp-held seats will not help him win a Westminster majority as the Tories still have 20 seats more than Labour and SNP combined.
Many students were fooled by Corbyn’s election promise to scrap the tuition fees in England that Labour introduced – in Wales Labour have just increased them – and by the pledge to wipe off student debts, which Labour now says is merely “looking at ways that we could reduce” the burden. Also, Labour politicians have consistently opposed devolving tax credits, the minimum wage and employment rights, as well as any meaningful economic powers.
Like backing the renewal of Trident nuclear weapons, Corbyn’s continued support of a hard Brexit will not go down well with young voters who currently enjoy freedom of movement in Europe and cheaper roaming charges.
Jeremy Corbyn’s comments that his party would leave the single market so as to end “wholesale importation of underpaid workers from central Europe” is straight out of Ukip’s hymn book.
The same BBC interview exposed Corbyn’s ignorance of the European Economic Area, that includes Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein, whereby you can be a member of the single market but not in the EU, which is the solution Nicola Sturgeon proposed to protect Scotland’s post-brexit position and safeguard Edinburgh’s university and financial sectors. But then, Theresa May isn’t listening to the will of the Scottish Parliament or the majority of Scottish voters.
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