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Mike Ashley says Jeremy Corbyn is ‘a liar’ after attack on Newcastle United owner

2 years ago
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Newcastle United owner and Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has hit back at Jeremy Corbyn, after the Labour Party leader kicked off his general election campaign (see below).

The Labour Party leader had said Ashley profited from a ‘corrupt system’ and now the SD owner has told the Financial Times ‘Corbyn’s not only a liar but clueless’…

Well I suppose, it takes one to know one…

Earlier this month, Jeremy Corbyn attacked (verbally…) Mike Ashley when making a speech in Newcastle, saying Ashley typifies those who are the worst kind of football club owners – ‘bad owners’ who put their ‘business interests above everything else’…

Well that is exactly what Mike Ashley has done, for at least 10 years Newcastle United giving massive free promotion to Ashley’s retail empire and even now belatedly, the Sports Direct supremo only arranging for them to allegedly pay a pittance each year going forward.

In this new general election campaign, Jeremy Corbyn says he is challenging ‘a corrupt system: the tax dodgers, bad bosses, big polluters, and billionaire-owned media holding our country back.’

Five people named by Corbyn as ‘representatives of a rigged system’…’such as the Duke of Westminster, Mike Ashley, Jim Ratcliffe, Crispin Odey and Rupert Murdoch.’

Mike Ashley claims that the system is corrupt and working against him: ‘Proven by the recent case of Debenhams and Goals, where yet again the independent shareholders get wiped out. The real problem is politicians such as Corbyn being unwilling to do anything about it.’

Extracts from Labour Party release as Jeremy Corbyn launches election campaign on Thursday 31 October 2019:

‘Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, will use his first major speech of the General Election campaign tomorrow (Thursday) to take aim at what he calls “a corrupt system”: the tax dodgers, bad bosses, big polluters, and billionaire-owned media holding our country back.

The Labour leader will say: “This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country, take on the vested interests holding people back and ensure that no community is left behind.”

Corbyn will say that Labour puts its faith in the “spirit and commitment to community” of the British people, saying “it is your country”, not the property of “born-to-rule Conservatives” who “protect the privileged few”.

The Labour leader will call out representatives of “a rigged system”: such as the Duke of Westminster, Mike Ashley, Jim Ratcliffe, Crispin Odey and Rupert Murdoch.

He will say that the elite are scared of the British people, which is why “they’ll throw everything at us” in this election “because they know we’re not afraid to take them on.”

But Labour is on the side of the many against the few who run a corrupt system, Corbyn will say.

“Whose side are you on? The bad bosses like Mike Ashley, the billionaire who won’t pay his staff properly and is running Newcastle United into the ground? Or his exploited workforce, like the woman who was reportedly forced to give birth in a warehouse toilet because she was terrified of missing her shift?”

“You know whose side Labour’s on. And we have something that the Rupert Murdochs, the Mike Ashleys, and the Boris Johnsons don’t have.

“We have people. Hundreds of thousands of people in every part of our country, who will make this the biggest people-powered campaign in history.”

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