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Jun
2017
Thursday 8th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

STEVE SWEENEY rolls in style across London


DRIVING through London’s marginal constituencies, we came across a bed shop with the slogan: “Dream Specialists.” Someone remarked: “Like Corbyn.”

As we laughed together, she told me: “We now dare to dream. Who knows what’s going to happen in the election. I’m crossing everything, but imagine if he wins. How amazing would that be?”

I was on board an open-top bus organised by the People’s Assembly ahead of today’s general election.

Placards showing under-fire Prime Minister Theresa May’s face with “You Can’t Trust Her” lined the top deck as the now-infamous Liar Liar song was blasted from loudspeakers.

Draped on both sides of the bus were huge banners warning that Ms May poses a threat to schools, hospitals, jobs and security.

Junior doctor Dr Yannis Gourtsoyannis led a group including two nurses, an artist, a gardener, a retired social worker and a former trade union official in chants of “Tories out” as he appealed for people to vote against the Conservatives to save the NHS.

As we made our way through the streets, the chants became more inventive and support came from some seemingly unlikely sources.

In Hackney, a passing police car beeped its horn and the officers waved in support as an army of activists in “Tories out” T-shirts made their way along the high street.

In fact, it was a friendlier welcome than I received in the local Wetherspoons pub, where an inebriated customer greeted us with a cry of: “Up yours, you arsehole.”

Not a grandiose political statement, just an expression of disgruntlement that around 30 political activists had disrupted his lunchtime ale.

But he was one of the few who voiced opposition to the “Tories out” message.

Many people shouted: “Vote Labour” as the bus passed and people gave the thumbs-up as they stopped to take photographs on their phones.

In between blasts on the megaphone, Dr Gourtsoyannis explained the importance of the election for the health service, warning that the Tory manifesto “is a blueprint for the destruction of our NHS.

“We need to get Theresa May out of Downing Street and Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street. We need to do this to save the NHS.”

Everyone I spoke to was clear that the Labour leader has run an excellent and inspiring campaign, defying the odds to close the gap on the Conservatives.

And many said, whatever the outcome, Ms May will wake up tomorrow morning in a weaker position than the day before.




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