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The Cold War is mostly over. The Berlin Wall has fallen, Gorbachev is making his reforms in Russia, and we are here. What will define the United Kingdom’s foreign policy in the next phase of world history? What will differentiate us from the “liberating” ways of the USA’s neo-imperialist foreign policy, where every country must be shown the importance of democracy and never mind what happened in Iran or Chile; or from the isolation shown by such regimes as North Korea? Our about-to-be-former Prime Minister has made it very clear where she believes Britain should stand - with dictators like Pinochet, and her two possible successors basically carbon copied her positions! So, what does Labour have to offer?

A McCrimmon-led Labour will make Britain a global leader in the solidarity movements for the oppressed. There will be no coups that we get involved in, and we attempt to avoid following the example of our turbulent western cousin and her love of neo-imperialism. As the responsible supporters of self-determination that we are, we would make clear to our territories and dependencies that if you wish to become independent, you may vote to do so.

On the world stage, Britain’s shifted role doesn’t mean we can’t use our influence for good. We will walk the walk of “supporting democracy” and not just talk the talk like certain other nations do. It is appalling that we have sat idly by and watched as the governments of South Africa jailed their own citizens for participating in protests against a government that denied them basic rights. This must be a wakeup call for us and should I become Prime Minister, I would encourage South Africa to transition to equal democracy and give them as much help as they needed.

Let me attempt to sum up my foreign policy in a sentence - it is a policy of solidarity with the oppressed, the exploited, and the working-class as we share the same fight for a better world, no matter where we may live. We cannot twiddle our thumbs and sit on the sidelines as millions of people all over the world are tread on by those with power. It is our duty to combat that in the foreign policy arena, not with coups, surprise invasions, or wars, but through the effectual working of soft power and the usage of international coalitions.

I have been asking you to imagine what we can do together. Imagine what nations can do together in the international sphere. Imagine what us, the workers of the world, can do together when we unite. With your support in this election and in the next General Election, we can take the power away from the elites and hold it for ourselves.

Friends, I want to keep this short because this campaign has been long and tiring. We stand on the brink of a precipice. I know enough about the two Conservative leadership candidates to know that they, a union buster and a banker, are not fit to lead this country. I know that neither of these men have ever felt worried about how they were going to pay rent or stay financially afloat. I am, for all the ways that I’ve changed over the 32 years since I became an adult, still that Edinburgh shipbuilder’s son. I have never earned more than fifty thousand pounds in a year, heck, probably never more than forty thousand either. I own the flat I grew up in and rent a small flat near Westminster - I do not need much in the way of luxury. I say this not to make you feel sorry for me, but to illustrate a point. I don’t have an Oxbridge degree, which when looking at Prime Ministers this century, would make me a minority, alongside five others. The vast majority of people in this country do not have a degree from Oxford or Cambridge. The vast majority of people in this country did not go to a fancy prep school or college. Most of the people in this country just want to live a quality life. I know that and can understand that. That’s why I’m running for Labour leader - because no matter your heritage, your life choices, or your area of work, you deserve the same dignity and honor as everyone else in this country. Together, the working class and the middle class united, we can achieve anything - including that.

And now, because it wouldn’t be right to not sing it at at least one event during this campaign, I’ve got my guitar here, so please join me in singing the traditional anthem of the Labour Party.

The People's Flag is deepest red,
It shrouded oft our martyred dead,
And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold,
Their hearts' blood dyed its every fold.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.
Beneath its shade we'll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the red flag flying here.

It well recalls the triumphs past,
It gives the hope of peace at last;
The banner bright, the symbol plain,
Of human right and human gain.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.
Beneath its shade we'll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the red flag flying here.

With head uncovered swear we all
To bear it onward till we fall;
Come dungeons dark or gallows grim,
This song shall be our parting hymn.

Then raise the scarlet standard high.
Beneath its shade we'll live and die,
Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
We'll keep the red flag flying here.