Corbyn is not your answer

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. 

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12 thoughts on “Corbyn is not your answer

  1. I have to disagree although, in some respects you are correct in assuming that Jeremy Corbyn won’t get Labour back into power. However, speaking as a lifelong Labour supporter and party member I have never been in love with the party, I just believe that it is the only one that seeks to make Britain a fairer society. I liked Ed Miliband but frankly, he was too wet, By hell he was! Jeremy must be one of the very best members of parliament and his constituents are very lucky to have him as their representative but, a good party leader? I saw him at the leadership hustings and he was head and shoulders above the other candidates fighting for the leadership however, after nine months in place, Jeremy is failing to make the right impression on the British public. Granted, it’s an almost impossible task now that we have so many traditional Labour voters [ skilled tradesmen etc.] supping ale and rubbing shoulders with bankers in the Tory clubs up and down the country. Socialists are jeered at as “Losers” and “Tossers” by the same people that owe their well-being to the Trade Union movement. Young people like Corbyn because he comes across as a decent guy, like the geography teacher we all had at that difficult age and young people don’t give a toss whether a male MP wears a tie or not. It’s probably more relevant if they don’t however, I would never accuse Jeremy of being a scruff, just a bit dated looking. Even Andy Burnham wouldn’t be seen dead in a shell-suit and he’s from Liverpool! No, seriously – Jeremy is helping to return Labour to where it belongs [ on the Left ] but he is getting very little help from either his front or back benchers. They seem to be divided, not politically but by how they plan to stick their knives in him, in the back or as Jess Phillips intends, in the front. No wonder then, that with Tory-lites such as Rachel Reeves, Maria Eagle and the aforementioned, Ms Phillips, Jeremy has not gathered many women around him. I mean, would you knowing what they are saying about you.?

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    1. Thank you for the comment. Jeremy Corbyn is definitely not my favourite labour leader but I don’t hate him and I agree that of all those in the hustings he was far above. I wrote this article to provoke discussion so I’m glad that you replied. Corbyn has clearly gained labour more attention but maybe not respect and I personally don’t think he will bring about a victory for labour either.

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  2. Sorry, I know I comment too much, but anyway…

    I think Corbyn wanting to cut the deficit is not a sign that he is secretly right-wing, I mean it is something that needs to be done, however slowly, at some point. However the difference is between how the Tories and Labour want to go about doing this. In the new Budget this week, Osborne decided that cutting disability benefits would be a good way to help “balance the books”, however Labour is thinking vaguely about taxing the rich a bit more, not much change there then. I think Labour needs someone like Corbyn to engage young people in politics as this is exactly what all governments want to do, even if he may be leading Labour astray, he is still doing far more to publicise the left side of politics that Ed ever did… I mean all people remember about him is bacon-sandwich-gate. Corbyn is re-enfranchising an isolated demographic, which I think is far more important than if he is loosing the support of well-off Labour MPs who don’t really know what it means to represent the people anymore.

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    1. Fair point. I completely respect your view and appreciate your comment. I’d say that yes Corbyn is doing a great job of attracting attention and gaining young support but sadly we aren’t the ones voting and while it may not be fair it is the people who don’t like him who’s votes really matter

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    2. I like Jeremy Corbyn but I’m not sure about his leadership skills. The thing that really annoys me though, are the number of “so-called” life-long Labour supporters who are turning away from the party because they don’t like Corbyn. Even in deprived areas such as Hull, Grimsby and Goole these “so-called” Labour supporters are voting Tory! What these people fail to understand is that politics is not the X Factor, you don’t vote for the individual, you vote for what the party stands for. Vote Tory because you don’t like Corbyn’s beard or the cut of his jib and you let down everyone who has ever campaigned for a fairer society and that includes all of those fallen in both World Wars and every other armed conflict since. Move on from Corbyn to what the shadow chancellor is doing. Labour have now got some brilliant people involved in their policies such as Paul Mason { journalist and author } who, if you don’t know him then check out his work, is advocating exactly what this country needs – a massive rethink on Capitalism. The media aren’t making much of Labour’s new approach to economics and other areas of social policy because it would undermine everything that they are trying to do which is to create a one-nation state but they’re not attacking the shadow chancellor. Could that be because he just might be onto something, even with Corbyn as his boss. So, what I would say to any young person out there is don’t listen to your dad or your granddad or your mum or your nan but listen carefully to the political discourse and work it out for yourselves who is worthy of your vote or not. When someone like Lord Mandelson appears on BBC radio 4 claiming that Britain exports 15% of it’s imports to Europe and only imports 10% back ask for a monetary sum rather a percentage because we all know that statistics are often the biggest lies. In monetary terms that 10% coming into Britain may be more than twice what we are exporting. When his supporters claim that Ian Duncan Smith only accepted his ministerial office in order to make the Benefits system fairer, ask yourself – How did I misjudge him? You didn’t, it’s all bollocks. In my experience and I’m getting on a bit, with politicians, what you see is often what you get so don’t let people tell you otherwise. For example, the reason Ed Miliband couldn’t handle a bacon butty is simply because, being Jewish he has no experience of them. Put the same thing (dead pig) in front of Cameron and he… well best not go there.

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      1. Good point if I had the possibility of voting I would still vote labour because it’s the view of the party that matters but the leader plays a huge part in who the undecided vote for and sadly I don’t think Jeremy Corbyn is going to win a lot of them over with the well put together David Cameron on the opposing side.

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      2. Fair comment albeit one that highlights the problem. Cameron is “well put together” as you say but that only shows how insincere the man is. He isn’t himself, he is a composite of everything that society now views as “sensible” “straight-forward” “well dressed” etc. – in other words, someone who is fit to lead us. He is just as much of a sales person as the one trying to sell you any kind of product. The salesperson who once you have handed over your money, will never give you a second thought. Think back to how Cameron has behaved since becoming leader of the Tory party. His “hug a hoodie” routine when the camera caught him turning his minders onto the hoodie who refused to be hugged by him. His farcical attempt at meeting the locals caught up in the January floods and why did he not ask the EU for a handout from the S0lidarity Fund, a fund available to any member of the EU which has been affected by a natural disaster? Britain was entitled to this but obviously, Cameron thought it best not to apply on this occasion. Perhaps, had the South or London been affected, he would have applied. I’m not anti-Tory and there have been examples of Compassionate Conservatism, e.g. Alec Douglas Hume, John Major, Peter Lilley, Ken Clarke, Ken Baker and many more but this current lot, are absolute monsters and need to be got rid of as soon as.

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      3. I agree completely and this is such a huge problem surrounding politics altogether but there’s nothing we can do to change the fact that people would rather vote for a smooth talking, suit and the type politician like David Cameron .

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      4. Woah! just hold on there a minute. Never mind what others, the older generation mainly, might vote for, vote for what you believe in and eventually, the others might get the message. It is a horrible, horrible cliché I know but young people are the future so go for it. Don’t be embarrassed to admit that “the suits” have got it all wrong.

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  3. Agree with the resignations part, and also gender discrimination. Also, London-centric MPs replaced 2 Northern MPs and 1 Midlands MP in the reshuffle – is he in danger of being blind to his selection choices? The party’s attempt to challenge the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ project failure – criticising it for being all style and no substance – will fall flat on its face when people point out Corbyn’s own team is selectively picked from London-Centric areas.

    And his role at PMQs has been quite frankly appalling.

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