Politicians and political parties have a choice in this age of understandable cynicism.
Do we play on people’s fears and anxieties? Or do we take what might be the more difficult approach – to restore hope?
We can see the choice being taken by politicians on the hard right – to whip up division against migrants, Muslims, Mexicans, women… people with disabilities.
The fake anti-elitism of rich, white men – like Nigel Farage and Donald Trump – is farcical at one level, but in reality it’s no joke at all.
The Tories under Theresa May are taking Britain backwards and failing to meet people’s needs and aspirations.
Under my leadership, Labour is setting a real alternative for Britain. Labour will be ready whenever the general election is called.
We have to choose a different path. There can be no accommodation, now and never, with hate.
We will not make false promises on immigration targets as the Tories have done or sow divisions, but we will take decisive action to end the undercutting of workers’ pay and conditions, reinstate the migrant impact fund to support public services and back fair rules on migration.
It is this culture in which rising levels of hate crime have occurred. Far-right views are now being presented as part of the mainstream, egged on by sections of the media that publish the most hateful and dishonest bile on a routine basis.
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