IT IS time for Labour to finish the job of beating the “clapped-out” Tories in order to form a left-wing government and end years of “ruinous austerity,” Jeremy Corbyn told delegates at the Unison conference yesterday.
He accused Theresa May and the Tories of “clinging to power by the skin of their teeth” and he pledged to fight the minority government, whose survival depends on it reaching a deal with the ultra-conservative DUP.
Delegates welcomed the Labour leader with a standing ovation, chanting: “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” when he approached the stage with Unison general secretary Dave Prentis.
Mr Corbyn said: “We are in opposition, but we are also now a government in waiting. “We are ready for another election at any time to finish the job of beating the failed and clapped-out Tories and form a government that works for all.”
He blasted central government and the Tory-run Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for its slow and incompetent reaction to the horrific Grenfell Tower fire last week, after which the north Kensington community was left to fend for itself despite numerous pleas for official help.
The tower block disaster has “left a number of victims sleeping on the street and under bridges as they have nowhere else to go,” Mr Corbyn said.
“Make no mistake about it, this is the brutal reality of austerity economics that has failed in its own terms and leading to falling living standards, rising inequality and disasters.
“We have always known that austerity was a choice, a choice made by those at the top which has harmed the lives of the many to maintain the privilege of a few, but has had absolutely devastating and frankly inhumane consequences for those at the very bottom.”