Corbyn’s Self-Defence

Broke, Bright and British

The Four Big Misconceptions

Although he could occasionally have done with responding more quickly, Jeremy Corbyn defended himself at a number of different points. On August 7, for example, he sought to correct “four misconceptions” which kept reappearing in the critiques of his campaign. Regarding critiques of supposed “deficit denial”, Corbyn stressed that he had actually “criticised George Osborne’s Budget for not doing enough”. For him, the current deficit had to be tackled, but not “by cutting the public services, benefits and tax credits, or squeezing spending out of the economy so that growth is slowed down”. He criticised the idea of setting an “arbitrary deadline”, and instead asserted that Britain needs “a strategy to grow the economy, increase tax revenues, and – if necessary – ask the most fortunate to contribute a little more”. The only people “in denial”, he insisted, were those denying “the true economic crisis –…

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About Ed Sykes

Independent journalist. Co-founder of Phoenix Media Co-operative. Author of Rojava: An Alternative. Ex-Canary editor and writer (2015-2020). Aka 'Oso Sabio' - see @ososabiouk on Twitter.
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