Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has said he is serious about “overthrowing capitalism” in Britain, explaining he wants to “transform” the economy to aid equality and democracy.
“I believe it. I am serious in my intent. I want to transform this economy. That means evolving into a system which can achieve that equality, that democracy, that fairness, and tackles the major challenges that we are facing,” the shadow chancellor said in an interview with Reuters on Friday.
McDonnell, who described Karl Marx as a major influencer on his policies, also said immediate action needs to be taken to tackle homelessness in Britain.
“[Even the rich] don’t want to step outside their office and as they go to their car step over a homeless person. So we are looking for change and I think we are reflecting the mood.”
Jeremy Corbyn took control of Labour after a successful intraparty election campaign, following Ed Miliband’s resignation in 2015, marking a significant shift leftwards on the political spectrum.
Labour is slightly ahead of the Conservative Party in the polls, positioning them well to take power if another snap general election is triggered in the near future.