When Theresa May took over as Prime Minister she spent a great amount of time trying to convince people that the Conservatives were the party of working people. Naturally people like myself laughed in her face because all of her policies tell the complete opposite story, but for many the message was believable. However within a few days of the Queen’s Speech, this narrative has been undermined the Tories’ own actions. The Conservatives and the DUP voted in lockstep to maintain the public sector pay cap at a 1% annual rise which, in practice, is a pay cut.
Last week the draft manifesto was leaked and following this sneak peak the national press was chomping at the bit to see how many of the policies revealed in the leak would make it into the final cut. Yesterday we got the answer. Labour has embraced a new level of radicalism which will differentiate the party from the Conservatives. At a speech in Bradford, Jeremy Corbyn unveiled the Labour Party’s general election manifesto and it is full of left-wing policies that will seriously address the root cause of many of the socio-economic problems that face the country.
George Galloway is an outspoken politician and broadcaster. He was a member of the UK Labour Party but was expelled from the organisation in 2003. He later became the leader of RESPECT and was elected as the MP for Bethnal Green and Bow in 2005 on the RESPECT Party ticket. He is now an independent candidate for Manchester Gorton in the upcoming UK general election. The general election will take place on 8th June. We sat down with Mr Galloway at his campaign headquarters in Levenshulme for the second of this interview series. This is what he had to say.
Jess Mayo is a businesswoman and local political activist. She is a member of the Green Party of England and Wales and is the party’s candidate for the parliamentary seat of Manchester Gorton. The UK general election will be held on 8th June 2017. We sat down with Ms Mayo at the Green Party’s headquarters in Chorlton for the first of a series of interviews with left-wing general election candidates in this constituency. Here is what she had to say.
Yesterday junior doctors in England announced another strike against the new contract the government is seeking to introduce. This new strike was scheduled to begin on 12th September and would last for five days. The logic behind the strike is that this will be a more powerful message to the government because NHS trusts will have less time to prepare mitigation strategies than the strike in March. Furthermore the strike would last for the whole working week and therefore the disruption will be greater. Evidently the government didn’t get the message because this afternoon the BMA announced additional five-day strikes in October, November, and December.
With the debacle of the junior doctors continuing, the Tories are desperately trying to spin the dispute as the fault of the BMA rather than the terrible negotiation tactics of Jeremy Hunt. However the newest problem with NHS staff is nothing to do with Jeremy Hunt, but is everything to do with another Tory policy. All this latest episode illustrates is that the Tories are fundamentally inept at protecting the NHS and they need to be called out.