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Hyer's Highlights: Labour's Draft Manifesto

14th May 2017 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Labour's Draft Manifesto

A draft of Labour’s general election manifesto has been leaked, including plans to nationalise parts of the energy and rail industries, and scrap tuition fees.

According to the draft, Labour would also, along other things, spend an extra £8bn on social care, strengthen trade union rights, build at least 100,000 council and housing association houses a year and create a National Education Service.


The draft document is seen by senior Labour figures as the most left-wing manifesto since the party was led by Michael Foot in 1983. The Daily Mail even wrote that the policies would drag the country back to the 1970s, oblivious to the irony of posting that as a headline on the same page an article promotion titled “there are girl jobs and boy jobs in 2017”, inspired by Theresa May’s appearance on BBC’s The One Show.

But more to the point: the leak may have been designed to trouble and destabilise the leadership itself, to cause bother, to provoke uncertainty, exacerbated by the likes of the Daily Mail. John McDonnell said it was “disappointing”.


Listener Jack messaged into the show as a fan of the draft manifesto, but felt let down by the fact that there simply isn’t enough money to fulfil it. Here’s what Benji Hyer had to say in response…

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Benji Hyer on the Labour Draft Manifesto

Benji Hyer replies to listener Jack who is positive about Labour's Draft Manifesto, but feels left down that there isn't enough money to fulfil it. (5 minutes)

Hyer's Highlights: EU Negotiations

7th May 2017 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: EU Negotiations

It doesn't bode well for negotiations or fill me with much confidence when I see a single dinner between Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker ending with the latter branding our Prime Minister as a “delusional” and “bloody difficulty woman” who is “living in another galaxy”. He added that “Brexit cannot be a success”, and May immediacy replied that the EU was deliberate attempting “to affect result of the general election”.

This is not the greatest way to start a two-year negotiation process.

We have witnessed a to-and-fro-ing of hostility and tension rather than amicability and a willingness to achieve the best outcome for both parties.


I sympathise with Theresa May; I don’t want my two-hour weekly show to come a May-bashing exercise. She finds herself in a difficult position. And I wish to stress that I desperately want to support her in the Brexit talks, however it is difficult to do so when she refuses to specify on her intentions, instead sticking to vacuous and vague media soundbites, and her ‘Hard Brexit’ mantra adopted from UKIP.


If May wants my backing, she’ll have to convince me by maturing her diplomatic abilities. She cannot continue to be reluctant to cultivate goodwill with our European neighbours. Whilst I wish her all the best in delivering the best deal for Britain, it is about time she recognised that she will only obtain this through dramatically adjusting her stance, and not respond aggressively or sink to the levels of the insulting rhetoric coming from Brussels.

I'd offer her good luck, though I fear that she will need much more than that.

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Hyer's Highlights: Who to vote for?

7th May 2017 | Politics

Hyer's Highlights: Who to vote for?

There are five weeks out from a general election, In the most recent local elections, the nations witnessed a flood of UKIP voters switching to May, many of whom would have voted Conservative for the first time. A stampede to the Tories, as it was described.

Equally, there are voters such who have no idea who they will vote for in this upcoming election, given that no party represents them. May is perusing a Hard Brexit, Corbyn is proving to be an inept opposition, and the Liberal Democrats would be foolish to believe that they can become the second-largest party.


Jamie wrote to say that the only choice is Theresa May, "This election is bigger than just who is going to be leading our country day-to-day, this is about the future of our country", wrote Jamie, echoing the soundbites of our Prime Minister.

But Benji Hyer wasn't so convinced that May is the only answer in this election...

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Benji Hyer on who to vote for this General Election

Benji Hyer replies to listener Jamie who is stuck as to who he should vote for in the upcoming UK General Election. (3 minutes)