Talking at an LSE event, Jeremy Corbyn set out his views on how the Labour Party can rebuild the politics of hope. By explaining how faith in politics was lost, he explained how that faith can be restored, how it also requires economic justice and credibility, and how Labour can promote the core idea behind socialism: that everyone should care for everyone else.
The politics of hope have to be rebuilt.
So Labour will be ambitious and bold at the 2020 election. We will make big promises and if we are elected we will deliver them. We will do so as part of a movement. A movement that empowers ordinary people and that ensures everyone has housing security; delivers greater security at work; ensures no one suffers indignity in old age; ensures every young person has the opportunities to maximise their talents; and that ensures we tackle the grotesque inequality that holds people back.
And there is a role for Labour parties and local members to be our message carriers on the streets and via social media. To overcome the ‘free press’, which is freely owned by a small group of billionaire tax dodgers. The Labour Party has doubled in membership. Our youth membership has trebled. I think our ambition should double or treble too in redefining what a political party does
So rebuilding the politics of hope demands two things. Firstly, that we inspire people with a vision that fully uses the power of government to transform society to tackle the problems that people face and to fundamentally redistribute wealth and power, so that we live in a more equal society in which the economy functions for the good of all.
Secondly, we have to rebuild trust –that is what ‘straight-talking, honest politics’ is about. We will take on difficult debates, whether that’s over welfare or immigration, we will confront powerful interests and we will involve people –consulting widely on the proposals and the changes we plan to make.
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