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Is Labour's Corbyn really that extreme?

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I am disappointed with John Rapley, in his column of September 20, 2015, titled 'Revolution in the British Labour Party', falling into the trap of labelling Jeremy Corbyn as 'hard Left' and, therefore, unelectable.

Below is a list of some of his policies. Are they really extreme, or just what most of us would want (if not more)?

n Education: State schools should be run by local councils and students should be given grants.

n Nuclear weapons: The UK's Trident missiles should not be replaced.

n The deficit: It should be paid off, but by increasing taxes for the rich and clamping down on tax avoidance, among other measures, rather than cuts to public spending.

n Business: The salaries of high earners would be capped.

n European Union: The UK should stay in the EU, but it should be reformed.

n The NHS: It should be preserved as a truly national health service with an end to the use of private-finance initiatives.

n Middle East: The UK should talk to militants - terrorists in the eyes of some - in an attempt to bring about peace. Action should be taken to cut off the supply of money and weapons to ISIS. An arms embargo should be imposed on Israel.

n Housing: Private rents should be controlled and linked to local income, more council houses should be built, and private tenants should get the right to buy.

n The Queen: Mr Corbyn said he would not push to abolish the monarchy because of other priorities.

n Refugees: People who are "desperate to get somewhere safe to live" should be allowed into the UK.

n Railways/energy suppliers: They should be renationalised.

PAUL WARD

pgward72@gmail.com

Kingston 7