In “The Battle for Number 10,” the Labour leader outlined the kind of country he wants to build; one where people at the top pay a little more to ensure a better future for young peopleby Ellie Mae O'Hagan / May 30, 2017 / Leave a comment
Is it any surprise that Jeremy Corbyn performed better than expected in last night’s televised leader interviews? Or that Theresa May failed to impress? It shouldn’t be.
For Corbyn to have confirmed the hyperbole written about him in the press, he’d have needed to arrive wearing a pro Hamas t-shirt, and given a speech about how he was running for office in order to bring the country down from the inside. Similarly, May would have had to turn up with a twenty-point plan about how she was going to use Brexit to build every British citizen their own mansion decked out in union jack soft furnishings.
As it was, the reality of both leaders shone through: May, the bland, metallic technocrat; Corbyn, the congenial leader who is driven by social justice. This isn’t to say the night was a disaster for May—her performance was so dull I barely registered what she was saying. This probably counts as a success.
Corbyn’s stand out moment was when an audience member complained about Labour’s plans to increase corporation tax and charge VAT on private school fees. Instead of backing down, Corbyn outlined the kind of country he wants to build; one where people at the top pay a little more to ensure a better future for today’s young people. He looked principled without seeming bullish; the man in the audience seemed rather petty.