‘For the many, not the few’ is the slogan for what can only be described as New Old Labour (or is it the other way round?). Corbyn’s speech at the party conference in Brighton had all the hallmarks of heightened populist rhetoric. Simply put, the delegates, party members and anyone watching on TV, were being told what they wanted to hear. In a nutshell, a Labour government (which is becoming a very feasible scenario) will pay for everything.
Under Labour, the rich invariably will be asked to pay more and zero hours contracts will be a thing of the past. Tuition fees will be abolished – which will undoubtedly be music to most students’ ears who are paying debt well into their working life.
But, then comes the topic of foreign wars. Apparently, the UK will engage in a new type of foreign policy of nonintervention – favoring diplomacy over bombing, and anything that might be considered expansionist. That’s good, I am sure Baghdadi and his ISIS cronies will be queuing to speak to Jezza and his ‘peace-loving’ acolytes. Perhaps Kim Jong Un will calm his war of words with the other demagogue maniac across the Atlantic because Corbyn believes in having open dialogue and fostering understanding – it is cute I must admit.
Aspiring businesses and startups (you know the people who create jobs and provide beneficial services) will no doubt be enamored with the multiple layers of taxation that Labour will undoubtedly impose to pay for all of their proposals. The money has to come from somewhere, so it may as well come from all those ‘pesky small businesses’ who cause so much trouble for everyone.
Isn’t it comforting that a party, who are supposedly meant to abhor racism in all its forms, is being repeatedly accused of harboring elements of anti-Semitism and some (such as Ken Loach aka the ‘Cockroach’) who are even open to a kind of holocaust revisionism? What are we to make of a party who turn a blind eye to these disreputable elements within their midst? For me personally (and as a Jew) it leaves me incredibly worried with Labour seemingly on the precipice of power.
But, how are we to believe a Labour government won’t burden us all and future generations with sky-high debt? How are we to believe that a Labour Britain, with a socialist ethos, will remain as a thriving center of commerce and a place for small businesses to grow? And how are we going to be taken seriously on the world stage when we cannot get a straight answer about how Labour would act in the face of a genuine nuclear threat? What kind of arrangement could we possibly have with America when Corbyn’s stance on international affairs threatens the very nature of this special and vital relationship.
And what about Brexit? It seems Labour want the UK to have total access to institutions like the Single Market and possibly others like the Customs Union, in any new arrangement with EU member states. This will, in turn, mean that we have to retain freedom of movement. Whilst I voted remain, is this what the majority of people who wanted Brexit voted for? A watered down agreement which essentially retains the status quo of mass migration. Those aren’t my opinions, but they were certainly in the thoughts of many people who voted ‘out’.
It is clear that Labour is in the ascendancy. Gone are the days of infighting. Rebellious elements have either left or have reluctantly come to the conclusion that a Corbyn leadership gives Labour a very good chance of coming into power, so have duly fallen into line. Conversely, it is the Tories who are in a mess. Talk of infighting and House of Cards-style scheming are being spoken about on a daily basis. The Theresa May leadership is rudderless, tired and simply not resonating with the British public. A fresh voice such as Jacob Rees Mogg – who is clear on what he believes in despite receiving vitriol for his honesty – would be one way to remedy the current malaise in the Conservative ranks.
Labour has emerged as a government in waiting. They are primed and ready because the Tories have no identity or way of connecting with much of the electorate – particularly young people. But if history teaches us anything it’s that Labour is capable of finding new ways to mess things up by trying to over-deliver and overspend. I hope people start to see this before it’s too late.
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