The moment Jeremy Corbyn showed Theresa May what real leadership looks like [VIDEO]

corbyn may culture
Support us and go ad-free

After the Manchester bombing on 22 May, the value of life – and in particular of children’s lives – has become painfully pronounced. The loss of life suffered on that brutal evening will never be forgotten.

Earlier in the day, Jeremy Corbyn had spoken about children. He was addressing the value we can add to their lives, through arts and education in our schools.

Setting creativity free

Corbyn launched his party’s culture manifesto that day. And he made clear what his priorities will be in shaping how young people interact with creative disciplines. He said:

Labour will not only feed our children’s stomachs, we will feed their minds and unleash their creativity.

Corbyn is in part referring to his party’s pledge to provide free school meals to all primary children if elected. But he’s also now promised £160m per year for a new Arts Pupil Premium. He elaborated on this point:

we [Labour] will be, in addition to properly funding our schools, scrapping tuition fees and introducing universal free school meals in our primary schools… we will go further. Labour will introduce an Arts Pupil Premium that will allow every primary school child in England the chance to learn a musical instrument, take part in drama and dance, and have regular access to theatres, galleries and museums.

He said this would allow arts education in state schools to “match standards” currently only found in private schools. He continued:

Read on...

Support us and go ad-free

We will deliver a creative future for all and a culture for the many, not the few.

Outside the classroom

The culture manifesto also commits to creating a £1bn culture capital fund, which will be used to improve and expand arts venues and infrastructure across the country. And it includes a pledge to review the business rates system, to help smaller venues struggling with big rate rises, and to continue free access to museums and galleries. Furthermore, it promises to put the cultural sector front and centre in the Brexit negotiations.

Investment in the creative sectors, of course, creates jobs. A renewed push to invest in the arts created over 7,500 jobs in Hull in the space of four years, according to another speaker at the event. That’s the city where Corbyn was speaking. And the arts bring in money through tourism. But their value is more than that, and it’s not solely limited to those who pursue or work in the sector.

First-hand experience of the arts encourages important life skills. It helps us to communicate, to listen and to express. It forces us to collaborate, invent and question. We are driven to imagine and dream through it. And it inspires us to empathise with others as we listen, watch or play out the stories of their lives.

Oh, and it’s good fun too.

The way forward

The Conservative government has de-prioritised creative subjects. Its education reforms elevate traditionally academic ones. But people need both. That’s what makes us into well rounded, socially aware, critically thinking human beings.

And having a leader who recognises that is crucial if we are to achieve it.

You can watch Corbyn’s full speech on his culture manifesto here:

Get Involved!

– Discuss the key policy issues with family members, colleagues and neighbours. And organise! Join (and participate in the activities of) a union, an activist group, and/or a political party.

– Listen to The Canary podcasts, or get them from iTunes or Feedburner.

– Also read more Canary articles on the 2017 general election.

Featured image via screengrab

Support us and go ad-free

We need your help to keep speaking the truth

Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.

Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.

We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.

In return, you get:

* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop

Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.

With your help we can continue:

* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do

We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?

The Canary Support us

Comments are closed