• Home /
  • Blog / "Friends, I say we can take this lot apart and it is time we did. Let’s fight for a fairer, more just, more equal Britain"

"Friends, I say we can take this lot apart and it is time we did. Let’s fight for a fairer, more just, more equal Britain"

" Now I have heard some people say they don’t know what we stand for.  So let me take the opportunity today to spell it out in the simplest of terms.  It is what I stood for when I won the leadership of this party.  And it is what I stand for today.

This country is too unequal.

And we need to change it.

This inequality doesn’t just affect a few.

But it is about a country that increasingly doesn’t work for the many.

So it starts with one core belief.

Our country only works for the privileged few today, not for most people.

And when I say, “Britain only works for the privileged few”, it is not just a slogan or some theoretical idea, it is rooted in the lives of people in every part of our country.

This is what I stand for."

This country is too unequal.

And we need to change it.

This inequality doesn’t just affect a few.

But it is about a country that increasingly doesn’t work for the many.

Friends, I say we can take this lot apart and it is time we did.

And we know how we will do it.

Door by door.

Street by street.

Town by town.

And just in case you find people who still believe that there is no difference between the parties, just tell them what we are fighting for:

An £8 minimum wage.

An end to the exploitation of zero hours contracts.

Freezing energy bills until 2017.

Putting our young people back to work.

Paying down the deficit and doing it fairly.

Reforming our banks so that they work for small businesses.

Cutting business rates.

Apprenticeships alongside every government contract.

Building 200,000 homes a year.

Abolishing the bedroom tax.

Tackling tax avoidance.

Hiring more doctors, nurses, midwives and careworkers, and putting the right values back at the heart of the NHS and repealing the Health and Social Care Act.

That’s a plan to build a country that works for everyday people, and not just a privileged few.

A recovery that works for you and your family.

So it starts with one core belief.

Our country only works for the privileged few today, not for most people.

And when I say, “Britain only works for the privileged few”, it is not just a slogan or some theoretical idea, it is rooted in the lives of people in every part of our country.

This is what I stand for."

 

For the full text of Ed's speech click here:

http://labourlist.org/2014/11/we-can-take-this-lot-apart-and-it-is-time-we-did-full-text-of-ed-milibands-senate-house-speech/

Do you like this post?

Reactions

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.

The Labour Party will place cookies on your computer to help us make this website better.

Please read this to review the updates about which cookies we use and what information we collect on our site.

To find out more about these cookies, see our privacy notice. Use of this site confirms your acceptance of these cookies.