Jeremy Corbyn today claimed the coronavirus crisis had validated his general election spending plans and showed he was ‘absolutely right’ to advocate boosting investment. The Labour leader, who will step down on April 4, said he had been widely ‘denounced’ for the amount of money he wanted to spend on the UK’s public services. But he said the spread of the deadly disease would result in a ‘change in our politics’ and a shift towards his hard-Left political position. And in a clear hint Mr Corbyn believes voters got it wrong at the ballot box in December he said ‘our society and our politics will never be the same again, because we have suddenly realised as a society and a community, we need everybody’. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell echoed the same sentiment as he claimed: ‘The values of our society I think are changing.’ The comments are likely to spark furious accusations of playing politics from Mr Corbyn and Mr McDonnell’s opponents given the unprecedented nature of the current global outbreak. However, the spread of the disease and the importance of public services in fighting it is likely to mean the likes of doctors, nurses, teachers and police officers will… Read full this story
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