Q Do you need to get rid of billionaires to help others?
John McDonnell says people are understandably upset that the rich have tax breaks. £ 100 billion was donated in tax cuts, went to businesses, capital gains tax cuts, inheritance tax and the highest income tax rate.
Q The Institute for Tax Studies says the headline – 100 billion pounds – about tax cuts for the rich is wrong, as some have benefited people who are not doing so well.
McDonnell insists that the number is not wrong.
Billionaire Phones4u, John Caldwell, says he cannot tolerate "spiteful envy."
A McDonnell tells Caldwell to come and see him and he will explain Labor's policies to encourage entrepreneurship. It's a misunderstanding by Caldwell, suggests the shadow chancellor.
Q Will student debt be addressed?
A Must be approached by anyone in government. He refuses to say whether or not to be canceled.
Q Are your fox hunting policies, etc., a "city policy"?
A This is to ensure that the hunting ban is enforced.
This concludes the interview.
Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell is on Today today.
Q Is it correct to say that no one should be a billionaire
A We need to tackle gross levels of inequality through a fair tax system.
Q How flat should society be?
A Many of us think that, on the one hand, you have 150 billionaires and, on the other hand, people lining up at food banks and that's not fair.
Secretary of Justice Robert Buckland seemed to rule out giving parliamentarians a free vote to overturn the fox hunting ban if conservatives won the majority in the general election.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May's controversial offer on the 2017 Tory manifesto fell rapidly after its poor election performance. Buckland told Sky News that he thought it unlikely that Boris Johnson would relive the controversial issue.
Foxhunting was banned through legislation introduced by the Blair government in 2004.
I see no return to that. I think the schedule has changed. Now we are talking in our own policies about strong animal welfare measures. We are cracking down on issues like live shipping. We're dealing with trophy hunting, keeping primates as pets.
He added that he believes Johnson has an "authenticity" on environmental issues, which is an "important mark" of his leadership.
Lib Dem justice spokesman Dr. Phillip Lee is also making media rounds this morning. He told the Today program that the NHS staffing crisis will get worse if Brexit goes ahead (quotes from PA Media).
We can see that there is a clear staffing crisis in the NHS and this is being exacerbated by the Brexit perspective. In my own professional experience, I have met many doctors over the years who are trained in the EU and indeed nursing staff and I think that if we continue with Brexit, the staffing crisis will get worse.
So by investing extra money while staying in the EU, Liberal Democrats will protect the NHS.
Lib Dems say they would boost the NHS by raising the income tax by one cent if they gained power. Asked about the prospect of winning the Lib Dems, Lee added:
The fact that we have 20 MPs and reach 326 is a goal, yes. We'll get to the other side of the election, and if conservatives don't have a majority, discussions will be held, but we'll take every issue as it comes and vote accordingly and we won't put Jeremy Corbyn at 10 …
We have the option of not placing either of the two prime ministers at paragraph 10, which is why we think there should be one more offer made to the public in terms of who should be prime minister.
Another interesting page from Scotland: you can read the story here.
Shadow Justice Secretary Robert Buckland was questioned about Prince Andrew on BBC Radio 4's Today show. He said it was not appropriate to comment.
On the other hand, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told Sky News:
I think that he [the Duke of York] must cooperate with all authorities and ensure justice.
Lib Dems' Chuka Umunna went even further on ITV's Good Morning Britain.
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Secretary of Justice Robert Buckland and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell are making the rounds for Conservatives and Labor respectively this morning.
Buckland will be talking, among other things, about the conservative promise of a lifelong term for adults committing the premeditated murder of a child.
McDonnell will be talking about the super rich and the tax benefits they enjoyed at the Conservatives.
Returning to the election debate tonight for a moment, and although Nicola Sturgeon and Jo Swinson have lost their attempt to be included in the ITV program tonight, there will be other debates later in the campaign. Swinson is expected to participate in a tripartite debate with Johnson and Corbyn, hosted by Sky on November 28. The next day, the BBC will host a seven-way debate in Cardiff between key leaders or figures from the seven major political parties. And the BBC will host a “first ministerial debate” on December 6 in Southampton between Corbyn and Johnson.
Far from the main parties:
- Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today ask for immigration powers to be transferred from Westminster to Scotland.
And here is a taste of what the Guardian comment writers are saying:
In summary, two other stories you can get stuck on to start Election Day:
Conservatives will put pressure on law and order today as they promise that adults (over 21) who commit the willful murder of a child (under 16) will receive harsher life sentences without parole. Current rules require the murder to be of multiple children or have a sexual or sadistic motive.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said his goal was to prevent the parents of murdered children from watching the "sick" spectacle of their free-walking murderers.
The focus of the work today will be to mirror Boris Johnson in what he describes as Tories' 100 billion pound tax distribution to billionaires. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell will tell a campaign event in central London that Labor intends to "rewrite the rules of our economy." He describes a party analysis that claims to show that 48 of the country's 151 billionaires have donated to Conservatives since 2005, while the government is on track to distribute £ 100 billion in tax breaks and other offers by 2023-24.
“Someone with a national minimum wage would have to work 69,000 years to receive £ 1 billion and a newly qualified nurse would have to wait 50,000 years. No one needs or deserves to have so much money. It's obscene, ”he will say, telling the public that Boris Johnson is on the side of“ billionaires, bankers, and big business. ”
You can read the full story about McDonnell's speech here.
Let's take a look at today's newspapers and the Guardian sneezes in the NHS staff crisis.
O FT gives an overall picture of the violent crackdown in Hong Kong, but retains its leadership for Johnson by filing the corporate tax cut during a speech to the CBI yesterday (you can read John Crace's opinion of PM's lackluster performance here).
O Telegraph echoes the Financial Times, displaying a large image of Hong Kong and a headline in the prime minister's speech to the CBI: "Johnson accused of appeasing socialists in the return of corporate tax." (He also heads Prince Andrew's continuing consequences on his front page.)
O I leads TV debate tonight between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn, with the headline "Election Ignites."
The tabloids carry varying opinions about Prince Andrew. O Sun the supporters of the reports "pull Prince's plug" while "Net closes Andy".
O Mirror sneezes at Prince Andrew's accuser, Virginia Giuffre, filming an interview with the BBC Panorama program.
O Express reports that the queen still supports her son.
finally the Submit has "Andrew out in the cold".
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First, NHS chiefs made a dramatic intervention in the campaign, with nine out of ten saying that the staff crisis is putting patients at risk. Almost 60% believe this winter will be the hardest yet for the service.
It may scare the horses into the Tory campaign, where there is concern that the growing health care crisis risks jeopardizing the party's Brexit-dominated campaign.
It is unlikely today that it will be aided by the Lib Dem policy commitment to add £ 35 billion more for social and health care over the next five years, adding a penny to the base income tax rate. He places the Conservatives in third place, pledging to spend £ 140.3 billion on the NHS by 2023-24, with the Lib Dems at £ 142.2 billion and Labor ahead at £ 143.5 billion.
No doubt this will draw a lot of attention in tonight's ITV leaders debate at 8 pm. You'll only see Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn after Nicola Sturgeon and Jo Swinson have lost their court bid to appear.
You can read Peter Walker's guide on what to expect in the debate here, including the main topics (Brexit, economics, NHS and personal character) and the curly questions from PM (Jennifer Arcuri, how many children does he have) and Corbyn (anti Semitism).
You can also start preparing for your own electoral bingo. Walker says a drink is not required for every repetition of the sentences, but it can be helpful.
Here's his list, feel free to let us know if you have any additions:
- Make the Brexit.
- Dotting and Delay.
- Chaos coalition.
- Supported by billionaires.
- Many, not few.
- Forty new hospitals.
- British broadband.
Now for the rest of the day.