As Sajid Javid chickens out of TV debate, John McDonnell throws down the gauntlet

John McDonnell and Sajid Javid
Emily Apple

The battle of the potential chancellors was supposed to commence this weekend with Sajid Javid and John McDonnell going head-to-head on Channel 4. But Javid pulled out despite previously saying he was happy to debate McDonnell.

So McDonnell’s thrown down the gauntlet, saying:

So come on chancellor, come and debate the real truth of Labour’s policies.

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“The real truth”

It is perhaps this “real truth” that Javid is scared of. After all, he’s been busy tweeting completely false statements about Labour’s tax plans:

So, as McDonnell states in the video, he ‘knows why’ Javid is running away:

because he’s terrified of debating the truth about Labour’s policies. He’s been putting forward silly, fictitious, fake news figures that we will rip apart.

Because as McDonnell clearly sets out, the vast majority of working people will not pay more taxes:

And yes, only the top 5% of earners will pay a bit more income tax. 95% of our people will not pay any increase in income tax, or VAT, or National Insurance.

Running scared

So rather than facing a cool and calm McDonnell, Javid is running scared, seemingly preferring to put out what McDonnell calls “silly fictitious, fake news figures” on Twitter.

The choice facing us is clear. We can elect a government that will levy increased taxes against the wealthiest five percent to pay for all of us to have better services and equal opportunities throughout our lives; a government that will invest in our NHS, in mental health services, and in schools.

Or we can vote for the government that has consistently screwed poor and vulnerable people over the last decade; the government that, according to the UN, made a “deliberate” choice to implement austerity measures that fell:

disproportionately upon the poor, women, racial and ethnic minorities, children, single parents, and people with disabilities.

So register to vote. The deadline is 26 November. Encourage, check, cajole, and ensure that everyone you know is registered to vote. And come 12 December, let’s give our country the Christmas present we all deserve – a Labour government that will save our NHS, and invest in all our futures.

Featured image via Twitter – John McDonnell MPFlickr – mrgarethm

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