Friday 22 September 2017

Labour's draft manifesto has been leaked and the internet couldn't be more divided

Twitter is polarised on the pledges.

By Taylor Heyman

A draft copy of the Labour General Election manifesto has been leaked to The Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph, who report it sets out plans for nationalisation of the railways, committing to Trident and limits on executive pay.

Some saw the draft as a step towards a more caring Britain, but others accused Labour of wanting to drag the country back to the 1970s. Views were polarised on Twitter – let’s take a look at some of the best.

Nationalising rail, mail and energy
According to the Daily Mirror, the manifesto states Labour will bring the railways under public ownership as franchises expire and bring the Royal Mail back under state ownership. Energy will also be partially nationalised.

For some, all this nationalisation of services reminded them of something…

For others, it seems like a great idea.

While we’re on the topic, what else should be nationalised?

The end of tuition fees
Predictably, scrapping tuition fees has been popular with students online.

Extra funding for the NHS
The draft manifesto says Labour would commit to £6 billion extra annual funding for the NHS by taxing the top 5% of earners.

Some are in support of the the changes, but others wonder where the money would come from.

Others looked to Labour’s record in Wales, where it holds a majority, for a glimpse into the future.

A Corbyn parody account insists tech will pay for the manifesto pledges – just not the tech you’d expect.

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