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Labour closing the gap!

by New Worker correspondent

LABOUR is closing the gap on the Tory lead in the opinion polls as the minor parties are squeezed out with less than a fortnight to go until polling day. Labour has published secret documents which show that the Tories are indeed ready to pawn the health service to the big American pharmaceutical companies as part of a post-Brexit trans-Atlantic trade deal.

The Tory smear campaign went into top gear when the Zionist Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said that Corbyn had done nothing to combat the alleged “anti-Semitism” in the Labour party in order to rally the Jewish community he claims to represent behind the Tory banner. And the Liberal-Democrats are trying to boost their flagging fortunes by posing as the only force that can stop Brexit happening.

When the campaign began Jeremy Corbyn ruled out the ‘tactical voting’ that the Liberal-Democrats elevate to favour their own candidates and dismissed the idea of any alliance with the Scottish National Party (SNP) or the other smaller parties in the event of a hung parliament. But many believe that an accommodation with the Scottish nationalists may become irresistible if Labour fails to win an overall majority in the next parliament.

The SNP clearly think so and they’ve already laid down their price for propping up a future Labour government. A few months ago a second referendum on the European Union (EU) was top of the list — but Labour has already conceded that in its election manifesto. Now SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon’s minimum demands include ending austerity, removing nuclear weapons from Scotland and a second independence referendum in 2020.

Meanwhile, Labour hopes were boosted with the news that a record number of people registered to vote on the final day applications were open this week. Tory pundits fear this surge will largely benefit Labour, as it did in 2017. A total of 659,666 applications were made on Tuesday, with 4.1 million registered to vote in the last five weeks — over a million more than in the same period for the 2017 general election.

This week Jeremy Corbyn told the media that the NHS would be up for grabs if the Tories win the election. At a press conference in London on Wednesday he produced a leaked secret dossier containing hundreds of pages of minutes of six meetings between British and American officials on the fate of the health service under a new Anglo-American free-trade deal, which Boris Johnson says will more than compensate for any losses incurred when Britain leaves the EU.

dismissed charges

Tory leader Boris Johnson has repeatedly dismissed charges that his government is ready to sell the NHS to the American drug corporations. He said Labour’s claims were “completely untrue” and there were “no circumstances whatever” in which the NHS would be on the table in a post-Brexit trade deal.

The Tories don’t deny the accuracy of the minutes but say they merely reflect what the Americans want rather than what the May and Johnson governments were prepared to give them. Johnson, meanwhile, says Labour’s claims are “total nonsense” and that he can give an “absolute cast iron guarantee” the NHS would not be on the table in trade talks with the Trump administration.

But these papers reveal that the Americans want “total market access” to the health service “market” when Britain leaves the EU. The 451 pages of documents cover six rounds of talks in Washington and London that were held from July 2017 to mid-2019.

“The uncensored documents leave Boris Johnson’s denials in absolute tatters,” Corbyn said. “We have now got evidence that under Boris Johnson the NHS is on the table and will be up for sale. He tried to cover it up in a secret agenda and today it has been exposed.”