What you probably remember most about Labour losing last election was most likely not Ed Milliband’s heartfelt good bye speech and resignation. Ed who? The UK’s forgotten all about him by now. What everyone remembers today is the rise of a certain Jeremy Corbyn, the shiny new stallion, destined to take on the undefeated David Cameron in the four year race to Downing Street. According to Cameron, he won’t be hurdling for the finish line till 2020, but acctually, will Corbyn? For many teenagers, Jeremy Corbyn has sparked a huge interest and has ignited their involvement within politics. But are they all betting on the wrong horse? How do they know he’s in it to win it?
It’s become apparent that Corbyn has sparked more controversy in the press than he has brought positivity to his party. Tabloids relished in the scandalous mystique surrounding his reluctance to be sworn into the Privy Council and Corbyn has even created discord within his own party, as 10 senior MP’s have resigned from their positions, many being unable to see eye-to-eye with him on his extreme left views. What many people fail to understand is that it is often the straight-faced, grey suited, boring politicians who know how to get things done, and can do it without triggering a ricochet of scandal.
What a lot of young Corbynites can’t see is that they’ve been blindly following Corbyn under false pretences. They supposedly support him because he’s steering the Labour Party back into the left where it belongs. Fair enough, Ed Milliband made Labour into a Tory-Tribute party, promising to control the deficit and eliminate borrowing. However, this rebellious bucking bronco is no different. Despite popular belief, Corbyn is also in favour of cutting the deficit, but just hasn’t set a date for this to be discussed. Does that sound very left wing to you? Even with a scruffy beard and no tie, Corbyn cannot hide the fact that he is more similar to to Cameron than we think.
The Labour leader also has a strong feminist following, and has been adamant about preventing discrimination and implementing more laws on harassment. Notwithstanding that Corbyn has failed to give many of Senior MP roles to women, a form of gender discrimination that directly contradicts his supposed beliefs on equality, Corbyn also considers reintroducing a women’s only carriage on tube services. Rather than moving forward towards gender equality, Corbyn would be taking us back in time to the 1970’s when this type of segregation was not yet overcome.
We must see the blinding truth; Jeremy Corbyn is not the saviour of the Labour Party, he will not bring about change and he will not deliver on a fairer society. Entering 2016 we can already see our beloved Labour Party falling apart, with resignations and sackings occurring on a monthly basis. As for 2020, I doubt he will even make it that far. Young people and anyone else who is looking for a new leader to steer them towards a fair and improved future – Corbyn is not your answer.