“Utter nonsense” is how Corbyn branded labours post BREXIT woes, the furore over allegations he is to leave his post, and the much unforgotten issues of competency and labour leadership elections. This petty rumour of Corbyn’s resignation from the party no doubt comes out of his decision to issue a three-line whip on his MP’s to vote with the government on the BREXIT bill. As both a student and a die-hard labour supporter, through thick and thin (and even the shear idiocy of the “Blair years”), this news did admittedly come as a shock. I was genuinely elated for the so-called changes Corbyn would install on his election to the role; a chance to see real, “kinder”, politics in place was something I thought the system needed much more of. In the face of this disruption in the party, I’ve decided to compile the very reasons why I think Mr C is the person the UK needs.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader who won the party’s leadership was elected as the Labour Party leader with a massive 313,409 votes – a whopping 61.8% of votes. Just to put this victory in perspective, and to show what a milestone it is for the labour party leader, his contender Owen Smith only garnered 193,229 votes, which amass to a menial 38.2% of the votes. The media frenzy in amidst of the leadership campaigns, as well as advisors and fellow political figures, urged voters to essentially vote ABC- “anyone but Corbyn”. In truth, I struggled to agree with the concept that he could send labour plummeting ‘over the cliff’ (nice try Blair) and into long term disrepair and obscurity-never mind forgetting we had ‘Dodgy Dave’ and a chancellor of the exchequer who had no “grade B or above” in his GSCE maths exams of all things, let alone a plan B for his flailing economic plan for the country…
Corbyn represents something entirely different compared to the usual whitewash of MPs we have in the country, he believed in democracy staunchly. It can be argued that many MPs have the same views and same staunch belief in democracy (I should know, the MP for Watford gives off the same impression – and rightly so!) but he represents those who have felt entirely disillusioned by politicians in this time. The idea that Tony Blair was against Corbyn becoming leader made me laugh, for many reasons, one being that I would’ve bet more money on the fact that he is quacking in his boots (because Corbyn really was a cynic with Blair’s ‘weapon of mass destruction’ Iraq war); more money than I would put on Watford FC winning the premier league (but hey! They were so close – Go Hornets!).
Above all, Corbyn is beyond taking personal attacks. If your heart didn’t crease in embarrassment for Corbyn when then PM David Cameron ripped into his choice of attire, claiming his mother would expect him to ‘wear a proper suit, do up his tie and to sing the national anthem’, in retaliation to a point that was shouted out by a Labour MP that Cameron’s mother should be asked about the NHS following the petition she signed, condemning cuts to children’s centres. What a jibe to Corbyn to divert the attention away from an embarrassing fact. THAT is the politics that is disillusioning Britain. Those who claim that his strong beliefs and passions are to gain popularity in the role as a leader should look at some of his older public appearances, long before his leadership days, where he attacked Thatcher on her poor record on homelessness in Britain as a ‘disgrace to a civilised country’. (If even that leaves you unconvinced, at least let it be testimony of how old he really is, that man is truly a dinosaur.
If there was any time to go over the policies of his that would be a god send, now is the time to do so. He has shown support for bringing back fifty percent rate if tax for those earning more than £150,000 and has said he would potentially go higher in order to raise more money. This was received with public appraisal with over 50% in support of this, showing how he can whet the public’s desire for a 75% top rate of tax on incomes over £1 million. He promised he would knuckle down on tax avoidance and tax evasion. The tax gap is phenomenal. The difference between what is due in tax and what is paid is a stunning 6.8% of the total due. Corbyn’s plan to crack down on this isn’t bad news… at all. He is fully and passionately against nuclear weapons, something which is taboo for the government to openly discuss with the wary public. There is 65% of support in his banning of nuclear weapons and like the public don’t want taxpayer’s money spent on the renewal of TRIDENT, so does Corbyn. As a student, his policy on tuition fees are met with open hands. He wants to cut them by announcing a £10billion plan scrap in the university fees, funded by a rise in national insurance, which was supported by just over half of the electorate.
Now if that isn’t something to raise on a pedestal, I don’t know what is.