What is the meaning of Jeremy Corbyn
Tuesday 10 December 2019 12:25
What is the meaning of Jeremy Corbyn
If I were an UK citizen I would be imagining the future now. Certainly I would think about Brexit. But I would also be thinking beyond that. the question in my mind would be: Brexit or no Brexit, who do I want in power for the next five years.
The choice is stark. You can have a man who has stuck by his beliefs for forty years whether they were popular or not or you can have a man who believes in nothing.
But beyond that again, I’d wonder what kind of a country both men would want. In Johnson’s case we already know, because his party and his beliefs have been in power for eight years. They are the party of austerity, of cuts to disability benefits, of racism, of privatisation, of the hostile environment, and of a massive increase in the national debt the benefits of which went almost completely to billionaires. Johnson will be more of the same with a measure of added chaos because he’s incompetent (‘Johnson doesn’t do detail…’) and, let’s face it, not the sharpest nail in the box. In any case, it will be austerity lite, if his promises can be believed, and just plain old austerity if not. He’s not going to suddenly start funding a health service he has many times said he wanted privatised.
With Corbyn, on the other hand, you get something completely different. A new kind of economy such as economists have been calling for for a couple of decades, one driven by green policies, innovative, with workers rights restored. One that relies on people having more money in their pockets to spend to sustain the economy. But above all, a government that would restore the things society has lost - control over water, over the railways; new worker’s rights; an end to the housing crisis and precarious labour; a future for young people; an answer to the climate crisis.
The prospect of a government led by Johnson, Gove and Rees-Mogg and directed behind the scenes by Dominic Cummings would terrify me to with an inch of my life.
As regards Brexit, I would prefer anything other than a Tory-led crash. Corbyn’s proposed referendum would seem fair to me - and I believe that his suggestion of a three month period to negotiate a deal is very possible, mainly because EU negotiators have already said it was. And that deal would be better than throwing the UK into the arms of Donald Trump and his negotiators.
So all in all, it seems like an obvious choice: A man of principle or a liar and a charlatan: a man of the people or a reckless toff: a man who has always fought for ordinary people or a man who sold them out at every opportunity; a man who has fought racism all his life or a known racist; a man who has principles or a man who has none - neither in his personal life nor his public life; a man who has stood by his beliefs or a man who has betrayed everyone from family to fellow politicians; a man whose only ambition is to make the UK a better place or a man whose ambition is to look like Churchill on a bad day. My vote would be for Corbyn.
Corbyn means a chance to reverse the Tory cuts that have undermined the social fabric of British society; chance to put decency back at the heart of UK politics; a chance for a better way of life for young people; a chance to reverse the damage done to work and the home by Thatcher; a chance to end precarious labour an homelessness and zero hours contracts and sleeping in corridors in hospitals; a chance to make a difference to the climate crisis; a chance for compassion in power. And yes, for us socialists, it may well be the last chance for a social democracy in the Uk for the next twenty years.
Vote Labour for a better future for young people, for a better work/life balance, for better working conditions and for a more equal economy.