He says he wants to use the conference to persuade people “including those who are not Labour voters” he is offering “something very different”, including an alternative to austerity, which focuses on investment and expansion of the economy.
That is to say, the alternative focuses on investment and expansion of the economy. Austerity itself is all about cutting the amount of money available to the state and making it impossible to invest, expand the economy or provide help to those in need. What a shame the Grauniad couldn’t make that clear.
“I hope they will give me a fair hearing,” he says. “And I hope they will understand that I am the representative and the product of a growing democratic movement.”
Asked if he can see himself as prime minister he says: “That is five years down the line, but yes I could, and I think about the issues, the opportunities and the responsibilities that go with that of course.”
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