Next time someone tells you Jeremy Corbyn promised to wipe out student debt, show them this

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Much has been made lately of false claims that Jeremy Corbyn promised to wipe out student debt, if Labour were to be elected into government in June.

Anybody telling you this is deliberately lying and you should make sure you remember that.

Labour’s policy was to eliminate student fees.

Here’s what he had to say about student debt, from an interview with NME:

“I don’t have a simple answer for it at this stage,” he said.

How anybody could claim that this is a promise to wipe out a debt of around £100 billion overnight is beyond This Writer’s capacity to understand – other than as a blatant lie.

Well, you’ve seen the video now. You know the fact of the matter.

If anybody tries to sell you that stinker again, put them straight – and do it publicly, so all their friends know about it too.

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9 thoughts on “Next time someone tells you Jeremy Corbyn promised to wipe out student debt, show them this

  1. owen

    “Yes, there is a problem of those that currently have a massive debt, and I’m looking at ways that we could reduce that, ameliorate that, lengthen the period of paying it off, or some other means of reducing that debt burden.
    I don’t have the simple answer for it at this stage – I don’t think anybody would expect me to, because this election was called unexpectedly; we had two weeks to prepare all of this – but I’m very well aware of that problem, and I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after.
    I will deal with it.”

  2. Phil Jones

    I’m not sure why the belief exists that Jeremy Cornyn can never have made an error. If he didn’t promise to cancel existing student debt during the election campaign, he did little or nothing to dispell the idea that he had proposed it. This doesn’t make him a terrible person. But perhaps not an infallible saint.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      I can’t speak for everyone but I didn’t notice any fuss being made about it until last week.

  3. Zippi

    I, for one, don’t recall any such promise. I do recall the issue being raised, somewhere and it was said that it was something that £abour would like to do. The Manifesto pledge was definitely about fees and fees alone. It seems, these days, that anything that falls out of your mouth is a “promise.” £abour isn’t even in a position to do anything about it, even if the Party had made such a promise so, what is the purpose of spreading this? Hmmm…

    1. Jimmy mc fall

      It’s the right wing up to their usual tricks.Trying to discredit him and influence the student voter not to vote for him should there be another election in the near future.He said he would look at it and he has.Its not viable so it won’t happen.student fees are and could be implemented if labour win the next election.The tories are walking on eggshells at the moment.If they don’t get a decent deal for the country in the Brexit talks they’ll be in real bother and we could see an early election which I believe labour can win.Austerity isn’t making any inroads towards reducing the national debt and has to end.The top earners need to give something back to help with that.

  4. Paul

    He said
    “I will deal with it’
    Giving the inpresion, to those who are looking for something different, a way out of a dept they themselves singed up to. Yet nor intelligent enough to understand the difference between fact and b*******

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      No swearing on This Site, please!
      As you have read the post, you will also have read Mr Corbyn’s full response to the question he had been asked.
      Therefore you will already know that he had made it perfectly clear that he did not know how he would address the issue. That’s why it wasn’t a manifesto problem. “I will deal with it” was a promise to get to grips with the issue – not to write off student debt.
      As you have read the post, you already know this.
      I wonder, therefore, why you are trying to claim something else.

  5. Dez

    Yes the timing is interesting in that Labour having not completely won the majority
    all their manifesto becomes an aspiration not a deliverable or something that could be leveraged as the opposition. Agree with others that fake news had certainly latched onto this alleged generous offer, half of which ends in being written off, and had power been gained there would be a ground swell if the subject had not been delivered. Going forward JC is adopting the more sensible approach to having a look at things should he gain power……but still a huge cost..

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