Guests of Itv – among the protests of ambitious claimants to the role of third force, from LibDems of the young Europeanist Jo Swinson, to the Scottish anti-Brexit independentists of Nicola Sturgeon, to the Greens, to the Eurosceptics of Nigel Farage's Brexit Party, relegated to extras for today in a subsequent minor debate – the two, as different as could be imagined beyond the generally polite tone of the controversy, clashed repeatedly on the dominant issue of leaving the EU. But also on many other issues, from austerity, to the crisis of the public health system, to the monarchy and to the case of the involvement of Prince Andrew of the Epstein scandal: against the background of a battle of the last promise, moderate with a firm pulse from anchorwoman Julie Etchingham. Johnson brexiteer in a more relaxed tone and tribunal; in the most awkward, but also more empathetic – at least towards the country of the underprivileged – comrade Jeremy.
The game has been played a lot on BoJo's attempt to present Corbyn as a left-wing extremist, but above all as the standard-bearer of a hypothetical next multi-colored coalition government with Scottish separatists destined to prolong "uncertainty" and share the Kingdom by calling "new referendums" ; and that of the leader of the Labor party – committed to trying to get back on top to prevent at least the rival from having absolute control in a future 'hung Parliament', if not to override the Tories by a relative majority – to put the prime minister on the bench of the accused for his "lies" and the conservative collateralism to the establishment of the "rich".
On Brexit, the incumbent prime minister – thanks to his "great agreement" on divorce with Brussels – evoked the horizon of a Tory majority as the premise for completing the EU farewell in January ("get Brexit done ", He repeated as a mantra) and move on. While Corbyn reiterated that he wanted to negotiate "within six months" a softer exit from the club of the 27, to then be submitted to that referendum bis that the pro Remain majority of his party convinced him to marry. But he did not respond to Johnson about what he intends to vote for him personally where "the word to the people" should be returned, limiting himself to wanting to respect his will after offering a new "sensible choice": hesitation accepted by sarcastic laughter from a part of the audience present in the studio.
Even deeper were the distances on the rest of the respective programs and slogans. Corbyn – the only British leader capable so far of avoiding the staging of the pose in boxing gloves – has hammered the economy and welfare (not without a touch of environmentalism), hinting at recipes based on attempts to renew (or revive) ), in response to today's crises and moods, the model of a certain radical social democracy of the past. A model that openly claims the need for redistribution and a revival of the role of the state to finance infrastructure and renationalise some basic services. With a tax called to "attack the grossest levels of social injustice in the country", to deny the large tax exemptions to web giants and oil industries. And with reforms aimed at "restoring to workers" slices of control in companies.
Johnson instead waved the flag of competitiveness, of the market, of equal educational opportunities, agreeing on the need to overcome austerity and relaunch investments, but with the help of private business and the incentive of tax breaks for forces of that "capitalism that – he said – Corbyn wants to destroy". While it also leveraged the commitment to contain immigration – which the Labor government said would open its doors without controls – and to clamp down on the booming street violence of the Kingdom.
The narration of two different worlds, in short, seasoned with objectives and estimates on the accounts that are not easy to sustain, according to the voices of those who criticize one, the other or maybe both. Unless, as Julie Etchingham joked in conclusion, addressing the premier in particular, "the magic tree" of money didn't show up somewhere.