Is Corbyn’s Labour worthy of a second chance?

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Many across the country have – as early as two years ago – denounced Jeremy Corbyn as unelectable, but will his manifesto open the opportunity for public perception redemption?

It’s nice for a political party to finally take a stand on FOBTs, even if the reasoning in the manifesto is one dimensional.

If anything, it may urge the Tories and Lib Dems to follow a similar line on maximum stakes, and with the clear distinction that FOBTs are the pressing issue, other forms of legal gambling have rightfully avoided inclusion.

On small businesses, the manifesto appears to be a mixed bag – certainly if you ask the Federation of Small Businesses, who were hoping Corbyn would stick to guarantees made at the FSB conference in April, when he told members there would be no tax increase for the smallest firms.

Corbyn has, however, maintained that only the biggest companies would see the full rate increase that comes with his reinstating of corporation tax – which Labour aims to increase from 19 percent to 26 percent by 2020.

But has he restored any faith from the public – or indeed from amusement operators? Time will tell, but Labour have climbed to around 32 percent in post-manifesto polls, the highest yet, suggesting a possible change in attitudes towards the party’s controversial leader. But, then, polls will be polls.


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