“Where’s the money coming from, Jeremy?”
When I feel the negativity of the relentless anti-Corbynism getting to me, I go back to this clip,
from the first labour leadership election debates to remind myself of the fundamental reason why he
is perceived as such a threat to the powers that be. And why and how we must keep our eyes on the
big prize. Yvette Cooper asks her “killer” question: “Where’s the money coming from, Jeremy (to
pay for Labour’s economic and social policies?” His answer: “Invest to grow. You can’t cut your
way out of austerity You grow your way out of austerity.” Watch the full 5.57 minutes of the clip.
Better still, see the entire debate, also, still on YouTube.
“So Jeremy Corbyn will have seen off two Conservative Prime Ministers, taken away a Tory
majority, defeated a Finance Bill for the first time in 41 years and help lead the largest defeat of the
Government. Ever. But still some say this is not effective opposition.”
There was the inaugural meeting of Tom Watson’s “Future Britain” during the month. 90 MPs and
peers, including a 12 current shadow cabinet members, Kinnock, Blunkett, Mandelson, Prescott,
Gdn rptd, but doesn’t claim to looked behind the curtains to see who else was present/absent
members…. The purpose of Future Britain is to unite the “social democrats” within the party, for
which read Blairites and Brownites. Their stated method is to develop domestic and foreign policy
ideas and feed them into the party’s established policy processes.
Dan Sabbagh quoted the Labour leadership on the Watson initiative. “Huge advances in policy have
been the hallmark of Jeremy’s leadership, exciting millions across the UK. If this group contributes
to this, good.” (Guardian, 11/03/2019)
TIG – not the way to go: better have 80 MPs as threat to leave en masse if …. In event of election
win and the issues that wd throw up the faction that says it doesn’t want to be a faction wd be in a v
powerful position ….
The meeting was better attended than the regular PLP meeting which followed at which John
McDonald gave a briefing on the Spring statement, the Guardian reporter noted. An example of
“feeding policy into the party’s democratic processes”?