It’s been a while since I’ve watched Jeremy Corbyn speak, and I’d forgotten how good he is (the Q and A is particularly good). Smart, socially intelligent, strong and comes across as real. Britain could do a lot worse than have this man as PM. The other thing that stood out was that two of the introductory speeches were by ordinary Brits. These weren’t PR-primed messaging deliveries, but two people stumbling a bit over their words and telling personal stories that will be familiar to so many. One of them then introduced Corbyn himself. A small thing but one that matters.
There are many reasons to want Labour to win the UK election, and getting us past all the post-modern, Crosby-Textor manipulative, image as god, power is god, winning at all costs, never mind the ethics bullshit, and back to politics with integrity is high among them.
The list of policies itself is almost shocking from this tired neoliberal side of the planet, and it’s certainly awe inspiring, so long has it been since we’ve had real hope. During the Q and A it was pointed out that after the manifesto leak last week the policies polled as very favourable.
Here’s the published manifesto and speech, which I’m sure we will see pulled apart by many with jaded glee, but I will also be remembering that this has just been delivered by people who care and aren’t afraid to put their careers on the line in order to stay true to what is right. Daring is the word that comes to mind. They look like they’ve just put a very important stake in the ground, not just for the UK but progressive politics across the English-speaking world. All power to them.
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) May 16, 2017
Introductions, speech and Q and A,