Will Labour win the General Election?
The ramblings & opinions of a non-Labour supporter in the run up to the 2017 election.
“People are no longer being fooled by the billionaire’s club – and it’s fucking beautiful”
The Tory’s 20+ point lead in March undoubtedly enticed May to call this Snap election. Ironically though, the hard-faced politician has failed to learn from recent events; the Brexit vote & Trump, to the point that she’s about to wave Number 10 goodbye.
Swathes of people across the western world have become so disenfranchised with politics & the established way, that instead of refusing to vote like before, they are turning up in droves to vote for the very people, or thing, that the Media & establishment tell them not to vote for; we were told Brexit would bring the death of us, yet the Leave campaign won… We were told Clinton had the White House in the bag… Yet Trump got in.
And now, right before our eyes, we are seeing the same rise of Labour; not necessarily with the traditional supporters; but with younger generations & with activists now politically motivated as a result of being screwed over. I guarantee that every single person reading this will be able to think of a local library, NHS service, or Youth Group that has been axed by the Conservative Government – which, they say, is in the name of austerity despite the Tories accruing more debt than the Labour Party achieved in the whole period they were in power. *For clarity; Austerity in this sense is a political ideology; they’ve chosen to rinse the poorest of us whilst offering tax breaks & maintaining loop holes for the richest… (If the wealth of the richest had grown/decreased in line with poor & middle incomes then fair enough, but they’ve got richer… Is that a sign of us all being in it together?!)
Thanks to Theresa’s initial arrogance, the Tory’s Dementia Tax now shows that even the usually-hard-right pensioners are switching tribes. People are no longer being fooled by the billionaire’s club – and it’s fucking beautiful.
The fact is, thanks to her Media chums, May’s been led to believe that she can get away with anything; with screwing anyone in the country over – as long as she protects the pockets of the billionaires & multi-millionaires. (I have nothing against wealthy people but they clearly have an obligation to share a portion of their wealth; especially when it’s arisen at the expense of exploitation and/or as a result of solid infrastructure within a country… Funny that Richard Branson isn’t applying to run medical surgeries in Ethiopia, and that Philip Green still has his yachts…)
Unfortunately for the Tories, genuine photos on social media have trumped attempts by their Press Office to create backdrops of ‘a successful campaign trail’. Similarly, the Tories hiring out a Scottish community centre in a remote village, and kicking out staff whilst their actors / activists posed for a news conference, was also shared widely online.
For the Labour Party, the Press have tried to downplay the success of Corbyn’s rallies; social media has allowed the average Joe to show that thousands of people are actually cramming the streets when he rocks up to talk… (this pic was shared on Social Media… Credit to Joe Hill @Cov_Bhoy)
I’m sorry, and I know this isn’t a Presidential election, but the guy in my eyes is a legend. Where others attend media-led, completely staged, campaign trails, he goes out & addresses the public on his own. We saw it during the EU Referendum campaign; he got mocked for attending genuine rallies & conferences where the Media weren’t in charge; as opposed to attending the farce that was the Battle Bus campaigns (nb. when Boris & Priti Patel were in Lancashire, the organisers only informed those they had to; it was all hush hush… The Tories / right wing in general never want to engage with the public, they just need sound bites for the 6 o clock news. Look at Theresa’s refusal to take part in the Leaders’ Debates…)
None of this matters now anyway because we’re no longer being blinded by the tripe that gets drip fed to us daily; instead, we’re questioning the motives of those in charge of ‘the news’. I’ve never been one to tell someone how to vote; hell I’d prefer to have friends vote Tory than not bother at all; my passion is overall engagement.
From what I have seen though, (and I jumped ship from Labour when Blair took us to war…) Corbyn has categorically dedicated his life to serving those he’s been elected to represent. He has claimed the least in expenses out of any politician in Parliament’s history (relatively speaking) and he’s spent his life attending rallies (and getting arrested!) whilst protesting Government policy that has come down hardest on society’s poorest & most vulnerable.
He’s now being criticised for speaking out for the large Irish population he represented in Islington (and for consequently aiding the peace process..?!) he’s being ridiculed for wanting to live in a world free from nuclear war heads & unfounded wars and he’s getting slated for allocating funds to ensure every child in the UK can enjoy a freshly cooked meal at school each day.
Take each of these points out of context and I’m sure even the most hard-nosed Tory supporter can appreciate that these are good things? …To have wanted peace in Northern Ireland, to not want to wipe countries off the face of the earth (however tempting that may seem!?!) and to ensure kids on the poorest of estates, who might be lucky to have one freshly cooked meal a week in their home, can be fed properly at school..?! Seriously people… It isn’t rocket science?! And who’s paying for the discrepancies? Those major corporations, including the Media giants, who currently pay very little in to the system. The top 5%.
The Labour Party’s manifesto (<<< do check it out!) is the best I’ve read in over a decade of being engrossed by politics; it’s the best for the guy on the street, for the nurse going to work & for the self-employed like myself… Those it’s not good for, are the people at the very top. And unless you fall into this category, I suggest you think long & hard before you vote (…away from Sky News, the Sun, the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, even the BBC now it has Tory representation on its Board. Seriously, read between the lines.)
Just think, for yourself, about the parties histories & their key pledges… Do you want to be responsible for normalising fox hunting or for giving poor school kids a hot meal..?
Whoever you chose to vote for, just make sure you do. And try to do so based on facts & genuine manifesto pledges; not on the five second sound bites you hear repeated by the Press.