Pick your party – Labour

On my last post we discovered more about the Conservative party and some of their policies, now it’s time we look into their opponent– the Labour Party…

Ah, good ol’ Labour, fighting the good fight for the middle and lower classes, the Robin Hoods of the political world. All this time I considered labour to be my safe haven, the place where I belonged-

Then Jeremy Corbyn came along and ruined everything.

But let’s not get into that now. That’s just my personal opinion. The Labour party in itself actually has many positives. Back in May 2015, at the General Election, Labour party leader, Ed Miliband, lost out to David Cameron, winning 232 seats while the Conservatives won 331.

Many people decided not to vote for Labour because of their bad history of borrowing, and landing the country in huge amounts of debt. So much so that when the Conservatives came to power in 2010, public date was set at well over £650 billion! Trust in the party was lost and Ed Miliband was suspected to carry on with this unnecessary borrowing, so many did not vote for him.

Another huge issue surrounding the labour party is immigration. In 1997, the Labour party issued what is called an ‘Open door policy’, which encouraged more immigration into the UK. This was done so that more people of a working age would be able to come to the UK to work and to help boost the economy. This sounds like a pretty good move to me. But by 2010, many people argued that too many immigrants had moved into the UK and claimed that they were ‘stealing our jobs’ (which probably sounds familiar to many of you) and that they were taking advantage of the benefits system that we have here in the UK. The Conservative party tried to deal with this problem by introducing a skills test and quota which made sure only people with the skills required to fill the jobs that we need more of in the UK are allowed through the border and it also put a limit on the amount of visas given out each year. Labour’s decision to introduce an ‘Open door policy’ led to a lot of resentment towards them for creating what some people to refer to as an ‘immigration crisis’ whereby too many immigrants are coming to the UK.

However, there are also many up sides to this party, and recently Labour has been trying to repair their reputation and make sure that they are listening to the people. In Labour’s most recent manifesto, they introduced what they call the ‘Budget Responsibility Lock’ which ensures that every Labour policy is paid for and requires no extra borrowing.  An example of a payment method is the ‘Mansion Tax’, where rich homeowners with expensive properties are taxed highly in order to pay for welfare and other needs. (I like to call this the Robin Hood policy, in taking from the rich and giving to the poor). So clearly the Labour party are taking big steps to cancel out their criticisms.

The Labour party is widely supported by young people, mainly because of their promise to cut tuition fees from £9000 a year (set by the Conservative party), to only £6000 a year. They also focus on guaranteeing apprenticeships for young people with sufficient grades and providing young people with jobs who have been out of work for over a year. Let’s also not forget that it was the Labour party who first set up the NHS (National Health Service) in 1948, and are the reason why you and I get free healthcare today. Without the NHS, we would have to pay for every prescription of horrible tasting liquid medicine we ever tasted when we were younger.  The Labour party can also benefit adults, as they plan to increase minimum wage to £8 an hour and encourage that everyone be earning a living wage so they can sustain themselves. They also seek to ban the oppressive zero-hours contracts set up by the conservatives, whereby you are not guaranteed work or pay, you are called in if needed for a day or half a day, and are payed for that amount of time. No call = no pay. As can be seen, the labour party want to increase the standard of living for all people, starting at the very bottom of the economic ladder.

If you agree with me, and think that the Labour party are pioneering for a better future for young people and are well on the way improving themselves to become a more well-rounded party, then you know that your political ideas are more left-wing, and you should consider supporting the Labour party. However, if you disagree with me completely and think that Labour’s past borrowing was irresponsible and they should not be trusted to run a country if all they will do is drive it into further debt, then maybe the Conservatives, or another right-wing party are more for you.

Again, if you’re still on the fence, you can find out more about the Labour party via their website: www.labour.org.uk

(If you would like me to carry on with this series and move on to parties such as the Liberal Democrats, or UKIP, please leave a request in the comments. If not, I am happy to move on and discuss any other political topics you guys would like to see me talk about if you comment your requests below)

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10 thoughts on “Pick your party – Labour

  1. It’s always good to hear the views of young voters but whilst there is a lot that I disagree with in this particular blog, I would have to lay the blame on the UK education system. Compared to say, France, Sweden and Germany, politics are not studied in our mainstream schools so if young people have to rely on the media for their political education then it’s not surprising that they tend to support right wing views. However, evidence shows that Labour have consistently managed the UK debt better than The Tories however, New Labour or to be more accurate, the Tory Tribute Party got it wrong in my opinion with their “open door” policy, letting in foreign workers to fill the skills gap or to be more accurate, provide cheap labour. No wonder Polish is the second most spoken language in the UK now. I can understand why young people like Jeremy Corbyn just as I can see why middle aged people hate him. I heard some idiot in Oldham recently refer to him as a coward. How can you label a man who is prepared to stand up for what he believes is right, not just for himself but for everyone, a coward? Jeremy has acheived more in six months than Blair did in his first three years as leader of the Labour Party and whatever one believes, he has brought the party back to its’ roots from where it can only grow stronger.

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  2. In theory, i would be Labour, as I consider it the duty of the state to look after the needs of the people, however I think Labour has made some drastic mistakes in the last 20 years, notably invading the Middle East, and so I think Jeremy Corbyn is actually an asset to the Labour Party as he is keeping them to the left, not letting them slide closer and closer to the centre as they desperately try to avoid being labelled as Socialist. He is not someone who is going to let Britain be bullied (as the Tories like to be) by America. So I don’t know why people oppose Corbyn so much. Also, Saddiq Khan should be Mayor of London, he knows what he’s talking about.

    And yes, a review of the Lib Dems would be good as I think they should have won the last election.

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    1. Sorry I do think that Jeremy Corbyn has done a good job of keeping Labour in the left and has caught the attention of young people which is an asset to the party. However, I believe he has sparked far too much controversy to successfully win an election as I think more people are dazzled by the idea of him than what he really stands for. I am going to write an article about him very soon if you want to look out for it. But thank you for contributing your opinion and I’ll be sure to follow your blog for more and you can feel free to do the same.

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      1. True, I understand that people continuously comment on how he is a “back-bencher” and too left-wing, but don’t you think that by the next election that fear will have died away? And anyway, the other Labour candidates didn’t have a lot of charisma and were not particularly well-known either.

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      2. Agreed that Corbyn stuck out of the lot, but it is arguable whether or not he will even make it to 2020 and just as people did not vote for Ed Miliband back in May because he simply ‘didn’t look like prime minister material’ I don’t think Corbyn will fair to well either

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      3. True, I understand your point now… Ed just wasn’t up to the job. But I think the UK is going increasingly right-wing as a result of the migrant crisis and ISIS and so we’re more likely to see another Tory government, I think. But hopefully Corbyn will stick around until the elections.

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