UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: November 22, 300 AP.
Langley addresses auto-workers; divulges LNP strategy
Liberal Nationalist Party leader, Kyle Langley, addressed 1300 workers at an automotive
parts factory in Shecker today, and explained to the enthusiastic crowd his party's strategy
for the future of the country once it wins power.
Already courting controversy by being invited by union leaders at the plant, as well
as the company management, despite opposition from the leftist union movement, the charismatic
leader and excellent speaker orated his way through an eighty minute speech in which he
expounded on the virtues of cooperation between state, workers and capitalists.
"The nation is an amalgam of three peoples: the state, the companies and the workers,
and no people should think themselves divided from the other, for we have a common future,
inextricably linked to our actions regarding each other in the present time... Exploitation
of the workers is as abhorrent as oppression by the state, or unionist power overrunning the
nation... We must unite behind one common goal: the prosperity, safety and unity of the
After each proclamation, the LNP leader received increasingly enthusiastic applause
from the normally left-leaning workers. Langley's clear and concise speaking style, coupled
with popular themes of unity, nationalism and worker's rights, made him a clear favourite on
In expounding on his party's goals when it wins power, which he says is a matter of
time, not "if", Langley said that the party would "support Utanian companies and Utanian
workers" over imports, and raise import duties to counter "foreign economic invasions". He
said that under an Liberal Nationalist government, the state "would play a very active role
in promoting Utanian businesses, to protect Utanian jobs and Utanian people", and would
"prevent exploitation by foreign capitalists". All of which struck a populist chord with the
automotive industry workers.
The Union leadership in Shecker were abhorred that the former Nationalist Party deputy
leader was invited to speak. However, there is no doubting that the war over the hearts and
minds of the working voter is far from over, even if another election is not due until 302.
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