The day has finally come – it’s Labour Live. The inaugural JezFest – first imagined as a follow-up to Jeremy Corbyn’s Glastonbury appearance – has been beset by difficulties from slow ticket sales to failure to secure headline acts. Happily, thanks to some last minute giveaways, transport by Unite and price reduction, there are more people than first expected in the North London 15,000 capacity venue.
‘Labour are for the many,’ said Eddie Izzard as he told a half empty field of his recent hobby: learning Russian. Meanwhile, Len McCluskey found himself in the firing line in the peoples’ Question Time with union members asking why he wasn’t being more militant – and why there wasn’t enough transport being provided for events. Owen Jones promised to launch a successful campaign to oust Boris Johnson at the next election – to cheers.
‘This is the socialist’s Hay Festival,’ muses one official. Well, Rachel Johnson is here to be fair – wearing a Bollocks to Brexit sticker, naturally.
Here’s a taste of today’s offering so far – Mr S will update as the day goes on: