Today Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader of the Labour party and, by extension, leader of the opposition party in the House of Commons. His principles harken back to a time when Labour was actually socialist and their MPs weren’t just tories with red ties. He follows on from Tony Benn, who died last year, in what he hopes to achieve with Labour, despite the fact that “New Labour” in the new millennium completely alienated him. A lot of people in the Labour party are celebrating as it seems that Corbyn is someone we’ve been waiting for. I was really happy, until I saw this. It’s bad enough that the majority of the media is controlled by Tory voters but this video shows that even David Cameron is misinformed or is deliberately misinforming people.
I wanted to talk about Sword Art Online today but apparently I don’t get to do that today because reality likes to kick the poor in the bollocks in Britain. Let me just say this clearly for all four of the people who will see this: Jeremy Corbyn understands that the deficit, and the national debt, need to be tackled, he just doesn’t want to take money and services away from the poor in order to pay for it, which is what Cameron wants to do.
I’ll back up a bit. Cameron was elected PM of Britain after a slight majority victory for the Conservative Party in the general election earlier this year. This election seemed, to most people, a choice of picking the person who would do the least harm. Ed Miliband, in my view, was more concerned with shaking his “lesser of two brothers” image during the election without focusing on issues Labour voters wanted. The Scottish National Party (SNP) achieved a landslide victory in Scotland, taking 56/58 seats for themselves, and the Green Party retained its seat in Brighton. The Tories, capitalising on the huge amount of money they could pump into their propaganda machine, made sure to take what seats they could from Labour in England but, despite this, the city was more red than any election in recent memory.
The Tories won by proclaiming they would “cut the deficit,” which doesn’t actually translate to cutting the national debt. The deficit is how much money the country has to borrow, after it’s spent the money it has, in order to make ends meet. They haven’t got it down to zero, and the impact they have made has come at a cost to the many and not the few. One of their first actions last parliament was to cut the top rate of tax from 50% to 45%, decreasing the amount of money being given to the government. This was only the first sign that they weren’t up to the task. They then introduced a cost of £9,000 a year for university which has backfired as students come out of university unable to find a job, because there is no recovery due to the Tories poor handling of the economy, and so the government simply have an “I owe you” for at least £27,000 for each student, but far more likely it’s an “I owe you” for closer to £40,000. There is also, of course, the problem of students leaving to work overseas, something which I plan to do, and thus the country has no way of getting their money back if the student is remotely savvy about it. On this note, I actually found it quite funny that they tried to use scare tactics to make students pay their debt from overseas but anyone with half a brain knows they don’t have the ability to claw back their money once you’re out of the country.
But this election has been far worse. Public sector jobs have been axed and replaced by volunteers and part timers, the Job Centre has been a laughing stock unless you have to claim unemployment benefit, upon which it becomes a nightmare. Benefits themselves have been cut, particularly for the disabled of whom hundred die each week because of lack of funds. One of the best stories to come out of this is actually that undergraduate students of law are helping disabled people overturn rulings against them having benefits, and they have a 95% success rate in this. Iain Duncan Smith is almost as hated as George Osborne, and both make up statistics to support their claims.
The Tories are trying to make social mobility a thing of the past. Jeremy Corbyn has a fight on his hands, and I hope he’s up to the task. I’ll support him every step of the way and, while my dad thinks that the more socialist Corbyn has made Labour unelectable, I think Labour have an incredibly good chance in the next election if they make the Tories take the fight to them. They have the moral high ground because they aren’t responsible for the deaths of thousands of disabled people. While it pains me to say it, they should take pointers from UKIP’s campaign from last election as they were probably the most impactful party at the election, may thinking that they would be the ones to decide who won in the case of a hung parliament.
Finally, a few small things. Corbyn has a chance to remake Labour’s cabinet after all these people resigned from their prominent positions. They are nothing but Tories wearing red, and I think their resignation from the Labour party proves this. He can make a truly socialist part. Moreover, there are a number of policies he has with cross-party support which could make for some lively debates. He’s an educated man, a respectable man, an experienced politician and is in, what looks to be, extremely good health. Most importantly though, he’s smarted than David Cameron. Corbyn is an orator, he has tireless energy, he sticks to his god damned principles and he must know, at least in part, what he has to do to overcome the Tory party in the next election.