‘Shine is coming off!’ Farage in massive sideswipe at Corbyn as student fee row rumbles on

July 26, 2017 in News by Slad

 

Source: Express | CHRIS CAMPBELL

NIGEL FARAGE blasted Jeremy Corbyn saying the gloss was coming off the Labour leader’s image with the young after the student debt fiasco.

The former Ukip leader said Mr Corbyn’s young support base would take a hit after a U-turn from the party on a promise to clear student debt.Mr Corbyn secured swathes of student votes as he promised to put an end to tuition fees and seemingly said he would also look into writing off the debts of graduates.

Speaking on his LBC show, Nigel Farage questioned how quickly Corbyn-mania would decline and highlighted the misfortunes of former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.

He said: “Today Angela Rayner, who is the shadow education secretary, said there are no plans to write off existing loans and that her party had never promised to do so.

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Nigel Farage questioned how long Jeremy Corbyn’s support would last with the young

I wonder, is the shine now beginning to come off that great Corbynista vision

Nigel Farage

“John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, said ‘it wasn’t a promise, it’s just an ambition of ours’.“I wonder, is the shine now beginning to come off that great Corbynista vision.

“People, youngsters, in nightclubs, chanting on the dance floor.

“This mania that had swept the young. That he was going to reduce all existing student debt and suddenly we’re told ‘well actually folks, sorry, but that wasn’t really true’.

“So, I wonder, whether, perhaps, we might see Mr Corbyn’s fortunes with the young decline.“Could they decline as quickly as they increased?

“Well, do you know what, it was the issue of student debt, that did for Nick Clegg.”

Mr Corbyn made the apparent promise to young voters in an interview with the NME, in June. However, he has since backtracked on his promise about clearing the £76billion owed by English and EU students studying in England during a BBC appearance.

But his comments ware at odds with a crucial member of his shadow cabinet.Imran Husain, MP for Bradford East and shadow justice minister, told students, during the recent election campaign, “every existing student will have all their debts wiped off”.

Mr Corbyn told the NME: “First of all, we want to get rid of student fees altogether.

“We’ll do it as soon as we get in, and we’ll introduce legislation to ensure that any student going from the 2017-18 academic year will not pay fees.

“They will pay them, but we’ll rebate them when we’ve got the legislation through – that’s fundamentally the principle behind it.”

Mr Corbyn added: “I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after. I will deal with it.”