Gazette & Herald Column: Stark difference between the two parties is obvious

This last week has really hammered home for me the choice this country faces in the stark difference between the two main parties. Theresa May was in Florence last Friday delivering a speech which set out our ambitious vision for our future relationship with the EU once we have left. The Prime Minister struck a conciliatory tone as she used her speech to offer further reassurance to EU citizens living in the UK – something which I know many people have been concerned about – by committing to incorporate our agreement on citizens’ rights fully into UK law, reassuring EU member states that we will honour commitments we have made during our period of membership, and setting out a vision for our future economic and security relationship with the EU. A very professional, well thought out speech addressing key issues and concerns delivered by a confident, competent leader.

Meanwhile, in Brighton, Jeremy Corbyn says Labour are on the threshold of power, yet the Labour Party have been demonstrating just how unready they are to lead the country. That is a slight exaggeration – John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that they are preparing for a Labour win, by ‘war gaming’ the strong possibility that if Labour ever came to power there would be a run on the pound. Their plans for the economy go too far. They have already had to backtrack on their plans to take PFI contracts back ‘in-house’ after it was revealed the move would cost £59.4 billion– yet another big promise that Labour would not be able to deliver - bringing the total cost of Labour’s plans up to £312.4bn, so it’s no wonder Labour are planning for the economy to tank, creating irrevocable and long lasting harm to our country, with ordinary working people suffering as a result. This is not an attack on Labour by outside sources – this was an admission by Labour’s Shadow Chancellor that they know the damage that their election would cause the country! But perhaps worst of all, Labour further demonstrated their unsuitability to govern with the appalling reports of anti-Semitism coming from events at their Conference, with the Chair of Momentum forced to apologise following a call from activists to debate whether the Holocaust happened. Yet senior Corbyn allies including Len McCluskey have claimed that the party does not have a problem, and that it is all a plot by enemies of Corbyn. I think I agree with Channel 4’s Michael Crick who, when interviewing McCluskey and Corbyn yesterday on their stance over Venezuela, accused them both of sounding a lot like Donald Trump.

So we have seen this week the clear choice facing the country: economic chaos under Corbyn, or steady competence with the Conservatives.