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)