Labour kicked off their official general election (GE) campaign in Manchester today (9th May 2017).
During his speech at the event, Jeremy Corbyn slammed the “rigged system” of Tory rule — which has seen grotesque levels of wealth inequality rise in this country since they got into power in 2010.
Corbyn directly attacked billionaire media mogul and Mr Burns look alike (and act alike) Rupert Murdoch.
After slamming the Tories for “ holding back” the potential of our country through austerity and privatization, Corbyn said:
Britain is a rich country – the sixth richest in the world.
We caught a glimpse of that wealth only two days ago when Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Times published its Rich List.
In the last year, Britain’s 1,000 richest people have seen their wealth rise by 14 per cent to £658 billion – that’s nearly six times the budget of our NHS.
Imagine the outcry if public sector workers put in for a 14 per cent pay rise.
But it’s no surprise that the richest have got even richer after the tens of billions the Tories have handed them in tax cuts.
That’s what we mean when we say the system is rigged for the rich.
So thanks for making that clear, Mr Murdoch – though I imagine it’s the only help you will give us in this campaign.
In fact, we expect hostility. Our challenge to a rigged system is bound to meet hostility.
And warned that:
there is a real danger that the Tories’ fearmongering and spin machine will make some people settle for less than they should. Resign themselves to things the way they are – underestimating just how many more burdens the Tories could impose if their mission to rig the system for the rich isn’t halted.
We now have 30 days in which to save the country. As Corbyn said today at the speech:
We can transform Britain into a country that – instead of being run for the rich – is a one where everyone can lead richer lives.