Corbyn says the British public are ‘dangerously out of touch’ with Islington opinion
Posted on 13th February 2017 at 15:28
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the British public of being ‘dangerously out of touch’ with opinion in the left-leaning London suburb of Islington.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has accused the British public of being ‘dangerously out of touch’ with opinion in the left-leaning London suburb of Islington. Corbyn made the remarks during an interview with a journalist from The Guardian newspaper.
He told the journalist that the general public has become ‘worryingly unaware’ of what people are thinking in Islington, and urged them to take ‘immediate steps’ to rectify this situation. The Labour leader added that unless the general public makes greater efforts to ‘appreciate and understand’ the concerns of ‘ordinary decent people’ living in Islington ‘British politics could be heading for a very dark place’.
Corbyn explained that whilst he had long been aware of the ‘disconnect between Islington and public opinion’ he only became aware of the extent of the problem whilst campaigning in Stoke-on-Trent ahead of the upcoming by-election. He was ‘amazed’ to discover that some local residents didn’t share his ‘enthusiasm for open borders’, and though that criminals should be sent to ‘some place called prison’.
Corbyn also noted substantial cultural differences. In particular when he asked several locals where he could get hummus for lunch ‘they didn’t seem to know what I was talking about’.
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