Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party has proposals for improving the UK for the many, not just the super-rich few. And the party’s moderate stance is actually so sensible that even business people have to applaud it.
Speaking at the annual conference of the UK’s largest business lobby group – the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) – on 18 November, Corbyn said he wanted to:
build a country that’s prosperous, where business thrives alongside the people and the environment.
the opportunities created for businesses under a Labour government will be immense.
"Let's build a country that's prosperous, where business thrives alongside the people and the environment. A country that truly works for the many, not just the few. – That's the real change Labour stands for!"🌹
Jeremy Corbyn gets a round of applause after #CBI2019 speech.👇 pic.twitter.com/kPFDWsScob
— Corbynator 2.0 (@Corbynator2_0) November 18, 2019
If they do become incredibly rich, then I invite them to be happy with their wealth but also to share it a bit by paying their taxes as appropriately so that our public services are there for them – just as much as they’re there for everybody else – so that we don’t have this horribly divided society.
Labour’s green skills revolution will benefit businesses
Corbyn’s party has proposed a climate apprenticeship programme to “upskill” the UK workforce by training around 80,000 people a year. This will help companies to compete and succeed in the green economy. Labour also plans to reform the Conservatives’ Apprenticeship Levy and insists that “the Tories have failed to invest in our economy, failed to deliver apprenticeships and failed to face up to the climate emergency”.
Even CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn welcomed Labour’s stance on apprenticeships and vocational training.
Our Green Industrial Revolution
✅ 886,000 climate apprenticeships by 2030
✅ 80,000 people trained every year through climate apprenticeships
✅ highly skilled workforce
✅ great for business
✅ great for the environment
✅ great for you
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) November 19, 2019
The Conservative Party has reportedly received over £50m from around a third of Britain’s billionaires since 2005; and by 2023/24, it will have gifted these elites “tax breaks and corporate giveaways” to the tune of about £100bn since 2010. As Corbyn stressed, “this isn’t a coincidence”. His party, meanwhile, is asking the ultra-rich to pay their taxes so that British workers can be happier and healthier:
You pay taxes to help fund our vital public services.
Global business giants like Google, Facebook and Amazon must pay theirs too.
The Tories have given them tax breaks instead, putting the strain on you and your family.
Labour will make them pay their fair share. pic.twitter.com/sneN0Jkqfe
— The Labour Party (@UKLabour) November 18, 2019
Increasing inequality and the increasing power of the ultra-rich have been disastrous for ordinary people. In fact, as Oxfam’s Max Lawson has insisted, the existence of billionaires is “a sign of economic failure” and ‘undermines democracy’. That’s why it’s right for Corbyn to challenge this reality.
Labour’s promise of democratic public control of vital services – like healthcare, education, energy, and transport – is popular. And it makes economic sense. On the other hand, even the Financial Times has accused Britain of being “over-tolerant” of ultra-rich elites dominating in certain parts of the private sector. Such monopolies, says Investopedia, “can lead to high costs for consumers, inferior products and services, and corrupt behavior”. Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, meanwhile, points out that the resulting decrease in competition essentially “slows overall economic growth”.
Who should have the power?
While a Corbyn government will benefit most businesses, it will also tackle the destructive power of the ultra-rich. That’s why they’re attacking Corbyn so much. But if we want power to shift away from them and towards ordinary working people, voting for Corbyn is a must.
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