Coogan and Klein lead cultural figures backing Corbyn and Labour

Steve Coogan is among 40 cultural figures who have put their name to a letter encouraging people to vote Labour.

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In a letter to the Guardian, reproduced below, 40 leading cultural figures – including authors Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein & Gillian Slovo, rapper Lowkey, Catastrophe writer and star Rob Delaney, Top Boy lead Ashley Walters and the band Clean Bandit – encourage people to vote Labour, writing that the Conservatives would create a more unequal and divided society.

This article was originally published by Guardian on Tue 3 Dec 2019. Read the original here.

Coogan and Klein lead cultural figures backing Corbyn and Labour

Actors, writers and musicians praise Labour for prioritising ‘people and planet over profit’

In a letter to the Guardian, 40 leading cultural figures, which also includes Catastrophe writer and star Rob Delaney, Top Boy lead Ashley Walters and the band Clean Bandit, encourage people to vote Labour, writing that the Conservatives would create a more unequal and divided society.

“We are shamed by extreme levels of inequality, neglect and environmental impoverishment resulting from decades of neoliberalism, in Britain and across the world,” they said.

“We are inspired by growing movements, from Chile to Lebanon and beyond, calling for dignity, accountability and economic justice.

“In the UK, Labour’s election manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few.”

Other signatories include Asif Kapadia, the director of Amy, philosopher Noam Chomsky, the playwright David Edgar and comedian and writer Alexei Sayle. Many of the signatories released personal statements endorsing Corbyn and Labour’s manifesto ahead of next week’s election.

“The Labour manifesto recognises the crossroads we are at and has policies to help bring about this move to a life worth living for all. This is the fight of our lives. Make sure you are on the side of hope,” said Sayle.

Naomi Klein said: “The next government will hold power during fateful years on our planet’s climate clock. There is only one leader who possesses both a path to victory and a bold plan on the scale of the crisis. That leader is Jeremy Corbyn.”

Julie Christie said the voting records of Corbyn and the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, have “always been honourable: in favour of the disadvantaged and minorities and against war and exploitation”.

Rylance, who has campaigned with the Labour leaders on fair tax, justice and peace projects said Corbyn and McDonnell were experienced and progressive politicians that could make a significant difference to the UK.

Michael Rosen, the poet and broadcaster, said: “‘We’ve got the economy back on track’ means [the Conservatives] have balanced the spreadsheet. As ‘the economy’ doesn’t mean real people, the phrase ‘back on track’ can mean NHS being cut to pieces, people on poverty wages, children hungry, schools cut, disabled people pushed into work.”

Letter

Vote for hope and a decent future

Only Jeremy Corbyn and Labour offer a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet, say leading cultural figures

Last modified on Tue 3 Dec 2019


We are alarmed by the global rise of far-right nationalism and the authoritarian turn taken by many governments following the global financial crash of 2008.

We are shamed by extreme levels of inequality, neglect and environmental impoverishment resulting from decades of neoliberalism, in Britain and across the world. We are inspired by growing movements, from Chile to Lebanon and beyond, calling for dignity, accountability and economic justice. People are demanding a future that promises their children decent education, health, jobs and homes, and humane and sustainable solutions to the climate crisis.

In the UK, Labour’s election manifesto under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership offers a transformative plan that prioritises the needs of people and the planet over private profit and the vested interests of a few. Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have nothing to offer but the prospect of an ever more unequal and divided society, and dog-whistle politics. Between hope and despair, the choice before British voters on 12 December could not be more stark or more urgent.

Ronan Bennett Writer and producer, Noam Chomsky Author, Chipo Chung Actor, Clean Bandit Band, Steve Coogan Actor, Rob Delaney Actor, David Edgar Playwright, Brian Eno Musician, Andrew Feinstein Film producer, Stephen Frears Film director, David Graeber Author, Steve Gribbin Comedian, Kane “Kano” Robinson Rapper, Asif Kapadia Film director, Aki Kaurismaki Film director, Peter Kennard Artist, AL Kennedy Author, Naomi Klein Author, Mike Leigh Director, Ken Loach Film director, Lowkey Rapper, Sabrina Mahfouz Playwright, Esther Manito Comedian, Michael Mansfield Barrister, Francesca Martinez Comedian, Massive Attack Band, Bill McKibben Author and co-founder, 350.org, Robin Rimbaud (Scanner) Musician, Michael Rosen Poet, Martin Rowson Cartoonist, Mark Rylance Actor, Alexei Sayle Comedian, Gillian Slovo Writer, Robyn Slovo Film producer, Ahdaf Soueif Author, Joelle Taylor Poet, Kate Tempest Musician, Jess Thom Artistic director, Touretteshero, Mark Thomas Writer, Yanis Varoufakis Economist, Ashley Walters Actor, Roger Waters Musician, Benjamin Zephaniah Poet