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  1. Missy

     /  July 28, 2017

    The last couple of weeks have been a little tricky for Jeremy Corbyn as he has had to defend what was taken as an election promise that labour are now u-turning on.

    Just days before the election Corbyn said he would deal with the student debt of those students who had to take loans to pay the 9000 pound fees brought in by the previous Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government. This was widely reported at the time as being a promise to write off the debt.

    A couple of weeks ago the Shadow Education Secretary said (in response to a question) that it would cost about 100 billion pounds to write off the debt and labour were not looking at doing that. This has caused comments, and counter comments, around the fees promise and whether Corbyn lied to the students. Both Corbyn and McDonnell were on tv last week saying it was not a promise and only ever an ambition or aspiration. This is the line that Momentum and Corbynistas have been pushing on social media, however, footage has emerged of a senior member of the front bench and close Corbyn ally saying that Corbyn will write off student debt, other senior members also tweeted that debt would be written off and that is why students should vote Labour.

    It was widely reported at the time that Labour were promising to write off existing student debt, and at no point did anyone from labour clarify that it was only an aspiration or ambition and not a promise.

    This has put pressure on Corbyn, and because it came at the end of the Parliamentary session there hasn’t been much in the way of stories to overtake it in the news cycle so has gained some traction, more than it might have if it came out much longer before the recess.

    • Gezza

       /  July 28, 2017

      😘 (shhh)

      • Gezza

         /  July 28, 2017

        I dunno. But I reckon Andy & Jeremy probably could swap shoes & they’d fit ?
        Have they got a Metz (Metiria) over there Missy?

        • Missy

           /  July 28, 2017

          No we don’t have a Metz here, but give it time, eventually one is bound to turn up. πŸ™‚

  2. Missy

     /  July 28, 2017

    Staying with the Labour Party in the UK. There is more confusion as to what Labour’s position on the Single Market is.

    Since the election the Labour position on the single market has been:

    – The manifesto stated that they would bring the UK out of the single market when they leave the EU.

    – The Shadow Brexit Minister has said that Labour would look at all options and are keen to keep the single market option on the table.

    – Members of the Labour Front Bench have all said that the UK should remain in the Single Market, and Labour will resist the UK being dragged out of the single market..

    – The Shadow Brexit Minister said that Labour would pay to keep the UK in the single market.

    – Corbyn was on Marr at the weekend where he said Labour’s policy was to bring the UK out of the single market and the customs union.

    – McDonnell insists the UK can remain in the single market, and that Labour have not ruled out the single market.

    Naturally most people are confused as to where they actually stand on remaining in the single market and customs union, with the leader saying one thing and senior members saying something different, the general opinion is wait 8 hours and they will say what ever you want them to say.

    • Gezza

       /  July 28, 2017

      πŸš— πŸš• . 🚌 πŸš• πŸš“ .. 🚚 πŸš™ πŸš—

      🐢 Woof, woof!