Fri May 12th, 2017 at 04:39:41 AM EST
A document, which is claimed to be the election manifesto for the (perhaps doomed) Labour party, has been leaked to the media at least a week early. Let's take a look.
Front paged - Frank Schnittger
This article at The Mirror seems to actually contain a fairly detailed and neutral list of plans. Labour manifesto 2017 at a glance: Policies from the leaked draft document on health, education, tax and more
There is a link to the full text in a related article, with an image of the leaked document. Leaked Labour manifesto in full
The pundits at The Guardian seem pleasantly surprised. The leaked Labour manifesto: our writers on how the policies stack up
Faiza Shaheen : No one can accuse Labour of not putting its money where its mouth is. The leaked manifesto is nothing short of a blueprint for a fairer post-Brexit Britain. From redrawing society's contract with business and tackling energy prices to addressing workers' rights and funding schools and hospitals, this draft manifesto signals a reversal not just of the austerity policies of the past seven years, but of the Thatcherite ideology that has underpinned our economic system for almost four decades.
But what exactly is being proposed?
Various sources claim that it rules out a "no-deal Brexit," promises to abolish college tuition, create a National Infrastructure bank, abolish unpaid internships and 0-hour contracts, and undertake some degree of energy-industry nationalization
The Torygraph - Jeremy Corbyn's left-wing Labour manifesto leaked
The party will also create a Ministry of Labour to hand more power to trade unions, stating: "We are stronger when we stand together".
Pay bargaining and increased unionisation across the workforce will also be introduced according to the draft plan.
The party will fund its socialist agenda though a huge programme of increased tax and £250billion of borrowing over the next decade with more spending on education and health and big levies on business and industry.
You can watch a totally neutral and unbiased video there about how this spells disaster for Britain.
The leak and its publication spurred the Labour party to action. BBC reports that Labour manifesto unanimously agreed - Jeremy Corbyn
Mr Corbyn did not take questions on the party's final manifesto, saying they would have to wait until its official launch.
But he said: "We have just unanimously agreed the contents of [the manifesto], we have amended a draft document that was put forward in the most informed, interesting, sensible discussion and debate in our party.
"Our manifesto will be an offer, and I believe the policies in it are very popular, an offer that will transform the lives of many people in our society."
He also announced an inquiry into the leak of a draft version, which included plans to nationalise parts of the energy industry and scrap tuition fees, which emerged earlier. The inquiry would report back after the general election on 8 June.
The BBC has a suggestive article comparing it to the manifesto for the 1983 election, where Thatcher absolutely destroyed Labour.
A rather mean-spirited article in The Independent claims the leak is more likely a result of incompetence, rather than division in the party, and suggests that the majority of the program is merely a retread of policies which Ed Milliband had wanted to run on before - but which had been blocked by Ed Balls.