Hyer's Highlights: Labour's Draft Manifesto
Listener Jack messaged into the show as a fan of the draft manifesto, but felt let down by the fact that there simply isn’t enough money to fulfil it.
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A draft of Labour’s general election manifesto has been leaked, including plans to nationalise parts of the energy and rail industries, and scrap tuition fees.
According to the draft, Labour would also, along other things, spend an extra £8bn on social care, strengthen trade union rights, build at least 100,000 council and housing association houses a year and create a National Education Service.
The draft document is seen by senior Labour figures as the most left-wing manifesto since the party was led by Michael Foot in 1983. The Daily Mail even wrote that the policies would drag the country back to the 1970s, oblivious to the irony of posting that as a headline on the same page an article promotion titled “there are girl jobs and boy jobs in 2017”, inspired by Theresa May’s appearance on BBC’s The One Show.
But more to the point: the leak may have been designed to trouble and destabilise the leadership itself, to cause bother, to provoke uncertainty, exacerbated by the likes of the Daily Mail. John McDonnell said it was “disappointing”.
Listener Jack messaged into the show as a fan of the draft manifesto, but felt let down by the fact that there simply isn’t enough money to fulfil it. Here’s what Benji Hyer had to say in response…
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Benji Hyer on the Labour Draft Manifesto
Benji Hyer replies to listener Jack who is positive about Labour's Draft Manifesto, but feels left down that there isn't enough money to fulfil it. (5 minutes)