Corbyn: They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people ... then you can’t win
JEREMY CORBYN insisted yesterday that he won’t “play by the rules” in a system that is “rigged” for the few rather than the majority during his first snap general election campaign speech.
He promised that he will stand up for the wealth creators, rather than the millionaire wealth extractors who make their fortunes off the backs of workers through insecure jobs and low pay.
Mr Corbyn also dismissed claims from the press that the election is a “foregone conclusion” in favour of Tory Prime Minister Theresa May.
He was introduced to the packed hall in Church House by Labour MP and shadow cabinet minister Ian Lavery and received a standing ovation.
Mr Lavery said the election is “a golden opportunity” for the party after Ms May had repeatedly denied it would be called. Britain deserves better than Tory-imposed austerity, he added.
Mr Corbyn said: “Much of the media and Establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion.
“They think there are rules in politics, which if you don’t follow by doffing your cap to powerful people, accepting that things can’t really change, then you can’t win.
“But of course those people don’t want us to win. Because when we win, it’s the people, not the powerful, who win.
“The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the carer, the builder, the office worker win. We all win.
“They say I don’t play by the rules — their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game.
“They’re quite right I don’t. And a Labour government elected on June 8 won’t play by their rules.
“These rules have created a cosy cartel which rigs the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations. It’s a rigged system set up by the wealth extractors for the wealth extractors.
“But things can, and they will, change. And Labour in this election will be part of a movement of the British people to make that change.”
He added that millionaires and billionaires such as media moguls, Southern Rail owners and retail magnate Sir Philip Green are petrified of a Labour government that would make them pay their proper share of tax rather than allowing the liability to fall on small businesses and workers.
Mr Corbyn said: “Labour is the party that will put the interests of the majority first.”
When asked by a journalist why he was railing against the elites when he is part of the “Islington set” — he replied: “I am very proud to represent Islington North.
“It’s also true that 40 per cent of the children in my constituency are living in poverty.
“So do not run away with this idea that everyone in London is privileged.”
He was also asked by a reporter from ITV how he could believe that he would be PM if Labour was now a “tainted brand.”
Mr Corbyn simply replied: “All I can say is, in 2015, almost exactly two years ago, I was given 200/1 as an outside chance [of being elected Labour leader].”