Jeremy Corbyn attacks 'fake anti-elitism' of 'rich white men' Donald Trump and Nigel Farage

The Labour leader said only his party could offer a real alternative

Jon Stone
Political Correspondent
Saturday 19 November 2016 10:51
The Labour leader hit out at Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, saying they would do nothing to help those seeking ‘real control’
The Labour leader hit out at Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, saying they would do nothing to help those seeking ‘real control’

Labour must provide a genuine alternative to the “fake anti-elitism” of “rich white men”, Jeremy Corbyn will say in a speech on Saturday.

The Labour leader will hit out at Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, arguing that despite posing as anti-establishment figures they would do nothing to help people looking for “real control”.

In pre-released extracts of the speech, to be given to Labour’s national policy forum in Loughborough, Mr Corbyn listed policies he said would make a genuine difference.

He will reiterate his call for full employment, a homes guarantee, and a National Education Service modelled on the NHS.

“Political upheaval is becoming the norm. People know there can be no more business as usual, but the question is what will replace it,” Mr Corbyn will tell his audience.

“Voting for the status quo is not attractive to people because they know the status quo is failing them.

“The fake anti-elitism of rich white men like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump is farcical at one level, but in reality it’s no joke.

“So it is down to Labour to restore hope – and give people the chance to take back real control.

“The Tories under Theresa May are taking Britain backwards and failing to meet people’s needs and aspirations.

“Under my leadership, Labour is setting a real alternative for Britain. Labour will be ready whenever the general election is called.

“That is the shape of the transformation Labour is committed to for Britain.”

Mr Corbyn’s offer to voters comes just a week after Mr Trump stormed the US election, winning the electoral college to become president, though losing the popular vote.

Both Mr Farage and Mr Trump have appeared to try and link the US election result with the Brexit vote, arguing that they are both anti-establishment causes.

Mr Corbyn’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry said last weekend that there were “some similarities” between Mr Corbyn’s upset election to the Labour leadership last year and Mr Trump’s victory.

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