JEREMY CORBYN has sparked a backlash for saying young people should not have to “make their own way in the world” as he hit the campaign trail in Telford on Wednesday.
The Labour leader addressed supporters as he gears up for the General Election on December 12. During the speech, Mr Corbyn insisted young people should not have to “fear the future” and “make their own way in the world”.
The comments prompted a major backlash from Daily Express readers on Facebook.
Kath Barker said: “I’ve paid my way in life for 70 years. I demand a refund.”
Pat Graham wrote: “Says he wants to make it easier for the next generation, what about all the previous generations. No one made it easier for them, they just worked for what they had, used to be standing for the workers, now stand for the shirkers.”
Geraldine Lowe posted: “That’s what we’ve all had to do -so what’s so special about the next generation . The man has lost touch with reality.”
Michael Connolly commented: “The world doesn’t owe anyone a living Mr Corbyn! It’s up to an individual to make something of their life!”
Peter Corbishley added: “No it isn’t young people should be taught to look after themselves . I’ve never heard such tripe in my life.”
Barbara Gregory said: “Living in cloud cuckoo land . We worked for what we wonted so why should they get a free hand out . On your bike .”
In his speech, Mr Corbyn said: “It is time we started building a country fit for the next generation where young people don’t fear the future but look forward with confidence.
“Think of the young people who are given the subliminal message to look after your own education and look after your own health, forget about council housing, make your own way in the world.
“It’s depressing, it’s unnecessary and it’s all part of the contraction of the public realm and the public state.
“It’s within our grasp to do something different in this election, and that’s what we are absolutely determined to achieve.”
The veteran left-winger also promised “the most radical and far-reaching plan for real change in our lifetimes”.
He said: “In this election Labour is putting forward the most radical and far-reaching plan for real change in our lifetimes.
“But I know we’ve got to work very hard to win people’s trust because, for all the excitement here, many people in our country have grown weary of politics, they’ve lost faith that politics can change anything that actually affects their lives.”
Concluding his speech, Mr Corbyn said: “I want to lead a government that’s on your side.
“That puts power and wealth into the hands of the people – a government that works for you.”
The constituency of Telford is one of Labour’s top targets in the country.
The party narrowly missed out on victory at both the 2015 and 2017 elections.