McDonnell marks Workers’ Day with call to seize moment and kick the Tories out.
JOHN McDONNELL told the May Day masses yesterday that the general election is the biggest chance of a lifetime for the left.
Addressing a packed Trafalgar Square on International Workers’ Day, the shadow chancellor launched a searing attack on the Tory government’s record of cuts, low pay and privatisation.
He said: “This is a Tory government that has presided over a country in which our nurses have to rely on foodbanks. Yes that’s right, nurses — the heroes of our NHS — abandoned by this government.
“And all this Tory Prime Minister can say about it is there are ‘complex’ reasons.
“It just shows how out of touch and how little she and her party really care about the problems facing hardworking people in our country.
“The reasons why people use foodbanks are not complex — they use them because they are hungry and cannot afford to feed themselves.
“There are now one in 10 workers in insecure employment
“The result is low pay and the result is one million food parcels handed out by our foodbanks.
“Four million of our children live in poverty. Two-thirds of them are in families who are at work.
“In the sixth-richest country in the world. What do you call that? I call it a bloody disgrace don’t you?”
He highlighted the charter of workers’ rights launched by Labour this week that would ban zero-hours contracts, raise the minimum wage to £10 and grant rights for all workers from the first day of employment.
Mr McDonnell urged people to mobilise to make “June the end of (Theresa) May.”