LEADING THE WAY OUT OF THE EU

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Friday 8 November

The problems are stacking up for Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. Tom Watson’s resignation as deputy Labour leader was just the start of Labour’s dip in this early part of the election campaign. Other former Labour MPs have stepped forward and given damning criticism of the party’s leadership. Michael McCann, former Chairman of the Scottish Parliamentary Labour Party said Corbyn and John McDonnell “Will destroy our country, and our country’s standing in the world. They are not patriots. They are a menace.”

The fact Corbyn poses a genuine danger to our country isn’t just being echoed by the right. Plenty of former Labour MPs are lining up to express deep concern at the ability of Corbyn to lead. The prospect of a government headed up by a Marxist poses severe danger to the jobs market. It is crucial we do not allow it to happen.

As you would expect with such an incompetent leader of the opposition, the Conservatives hold the lead in the polls on over 35 points, while Labour languish behind in the mid-20s. But, we cannot afford to become complacent. Five long weeks of campaigning lie ahead, and Remain factions are getting organised. As we hit upon in yesterday’s Brrexit brunch, it is high time the different Leave groups followed suit and organised.

Unsurprisingly, given their total lack of clarity over Brexit, Labour want the NHS discussion to take centre stage. The Tories have had to work out a sensible policy as a rebuttal to Corbyn’s ludicrous claims of Conservative plans to sell the NHS to Trump. Home Secretary Priti Patel announced plans for an “NHS visa” which would give health workers priority access to the immigration system. Patel said: “These measures are part of our plan for an Australian-style points-based immigration system that allows us to control numbers while remaining open to vital professions like nurses.”

Nigel Farage was once vilified for his wish to use an Australian points-style system. It is now Conservative Party policy. Progress.

The Conservatives will not allow the Labour Party to win the argument over spending. Sajid Javid has announced he will raise the borrowing threshold from 1.8% of GDP to 3% to allow for billions more to spend on long-term projects such as road and rail. Javid said “There will be new hospitals, schools, roads, railways, better broadband, new connections and opportunities in every part of our nation”, whilst also emphasising that the country would live within its means.

The media are obsessing over Javid’s “risky” play following years of the party branding itself low tax, low borrow, low spend, but the fact of the matter is that there’s no threat from the right, this is an election that cannot be lost, meanwhile the public’s appetitie for increased spending (fuelled by the media) has grown considerably. Tory strategists had little chose but to go for bigger spending. Luckily for them, Labour’s spending plans are generous and dangerous in equal measure.