Join us to demand she debates Corbyn outside Tory HQ (4 Matthew Parker St) at 5PM this Wednesday 17 May
Theresa May is a coward. But she’s trying to convince us she’s feeling confident. She says she’s confident she’ll win by a landslide. She says she’s confident that she is a strong ‘leader’ for tough times. She says she’s confident that if the alternative is Jeremy Corbyn, she’s going to sail to victory on 8 June.
But when it comes to facing her apparently ‘weak’ opponent in a debate, all of that supposed confidence is exposed as a lie. Perhaps the fact that, even after hours of rehearsal and preparation, she still struggles to explain the ‘complex reasons’ why nurses are forced to visit foodbanks, is something to do with it. There are no complex reasons – it’s the years of Tory rule that have seen wealth transferred from the workers, youth and most vulnerable to the richest!
What would a debate show? To Corbyn’s pledge for free education, May only offers fee hikes. To the promise of a £10 an hour minimum wage, she offers lengthening queues outside foodbanks. To Corbyn’s plans for house building, May’s response is a deepening housing crisis. May stands for the billionaires. Corbyn’s policies will benefit the millions!
The truth is Theresa May is afraid of debate because she knows that young people are furious about Tory fee hikes, zero-hour contracts and the vicious attacks on housing benefit. She knows working class people are seething with anger after years of brutal austerity. In reality, she knows that despite the sabotage Corbyn has faced from the media and the right within his own party, the left-wing policies which propelled him to the leadership remain extremely popular.
It is no wonder, then, that May fears being exposed in a head-to-head debate. She worries that once placed in a position of having her politics scrutinised by and contrasted with Jeremy Corbyn, could see her lead in the polls evaporate. Because when given the chance to speak directly to working class people, cutting through the lies of the Tory press and the bitter Blairites, Corbyn’s anti-austerity and left-wing policies resonate.
We must not let her get away with it! That’s why on 17 May Socialist Students members and supporters around the country will be protesting to demand May stops playing chicken and takes part in a televised debate with Jeremy Corbyn . We’re protesting at Tory party offices all over the country and will be seeking to help pile on the pressure to make the Tories reverse their decision.
If you want to be part of this protest and other campaigns – join us and get involved!
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