The ever so impartial and fair Great British media has kindly made us aware of some awful truths about Corbyn and his bizarre attempts to turn Britain into a reflection of hell. If you don’t believe them, you can check the evidence next to each point. Here is his horrific 5 point plan:
Corbyn plans on NATIONALISING your CHILDREN and forcing them to work in mines. (evidence)
Corbyn wants to SELL TRIDENT to ISIS and use the money to fund bomb making courses for ISIS. (evidence)
Corbyn has promised to BANKRUPT BUSINESSES by proposing an unfairly high minimum wage. (evidence)
Corbyn is going to print Monopoly money and invest it in attempts to REVIVE Bin Laden! (evidence)
Corbyn plans to ceremonially BURN TONY BLAIR at the stake over the legal Iraq war. (evidence)
If that isn’t bad enough – it has now been revealed that he attended Eton with David Cameron and Boris Johnson!
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New figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions today show that between 2011-14, 4,010 people died after being found ‘fit for work’ by Atos and being told by the government that their disability benefits are being stopped, so they have to find work.
The DWP release says “These isolated figures provide limited scope for analysis and nothing can be gained from this publication that would allow the reader to form any judgement as to the effects or impacts of the Work Capability Assessment.” However, these figures have only been released after the DWP spent months fighting a Freedom of Information request to release the figures. The Information Commission this week overruled the government and forced them to release the information to the public. If there can be no conclusions drawn from this information, why was the department so opposed to the figures being made public?
Imagine, 80 people per month have spent a period of their life fighting some disease, struggling with a disability, or knowing they are terminally ill and expect to spend the last few weeks of their life with their loved ones, focusing on their memories, planning and preparing for the inevitable. They are then put through a grueling assessment by private ‘medical staff’, who so often overrule GPs and NHS specialists to bizarrely declare the person ‘fit for work’ and have their benefits stopped as if they’ve been playing the system with their own death and ill health. Why are they put through spending their last few weeks being checked, stressed, accused and abused? This is all part of a systematic attempt by the established media and the government to turn people against each other, to have everyone pointing fingers at their neighbours.
What we need is a system where the disabled and most vulnerable are not hounded, are treated with dignity and respect and can safely rely on the safety net that is expected to be provided when they, and others contribute through taxation. Those that claim will have paid into the system all their lives, and are entitled to rely on the government when they are in need. We cannot allow the Tories to take apart our hard-won welfare system any longer.
(This is a contribution by Emma Booth, put on my website so people can see all sides of the leadership debate)
How I’m Voting in the Labour Leadership and More Importantly Why.
I’ve been a member of the Labour party since I was 15, I’ve voted Labour at every chance I’ve had and I’ve campaigned for the Labour Party fiercely for the last 3 years.
But obviously none of that matters because based on my voting preferences I am clearly a Tory.
I am not voting Jeremy Corbyn because not only do I believe that we would fail to win in 2020, but we would also fail as a party to support those who truly need a Labour government to survive. Another 5, 10, 15 years of a Tory government is not something members or affiliates of the Labour Party should be advocating.
There have been complaints of entryists in this election and I think we all know this is true. But these people weren’t out on the doorstep in the General Election. They didn’t have people reduced to tears because of the Bedroom Tax, or due to cuts to Disability Allowances or due to the fact that they could barely afford to eat that week all due to the Tory-led government.
You cannot simply be advocating that it’s okay to be in opposition for a further 5 years when there are people who rely on Labour winning and putting through the policies that will help those who need it most.
Corbyn has split this party and following the defeat we’ve just had we should be standing in solidarity, working together to ensure that we do win in 2020 with the right leadership taking us there. It is not okay to be accusing of anyone who is against your views as being a Tory, it is not okay to think that we’ll be fine remaining in opposition and it is certainly not okay to be believe in a leader the Tories are voting for.
I gave Liz Kendall my first preference not because I’m secretly a Tory but because I genuinely believe that she is the candidate the Tories are scared of. She is the only candidate who has shown the need for us to stay in touch with modern Britain and has set across forward-thinking policies that will ensure our electability for the future and will represent the needs for the many, not the few.
I did struggle with second and third preferences. We need to stop Corbyn from coming into power and there is a real decision to make between Andy and Yvette. It has been said that Burnham has the better chance of beating Corbyn if it comes to a head to head, but I don’t necessarily believe this to be true.
Cooper’s recent moderate attacks on the Corbyn campaign have showed her fight for a Party that we can actually believe in and I don’t think I’m the only one who can see her edging her way past Burnham. Both Cooper and Kendall have urged voters to use their preferences wisely, to ensure the Labour Party remains relevant. Burnham on the other hand has seemingly swayed from policy to policy picking up votes along the way and this isn’t someone who should be leading the Labour Party.
I cannot be alone among non-Corbynites in having been asked whether I would leave Labour in the event of a Corbyn victory. I’ve been asked this by trolls, colleagues and even close friends. And to be honest, I actually find it pretty offensive.
Like 99% of Labour members, the idea of walking away from the party I love makes about as much sense as walking away from my family. I would never do it. The feelings run too deep. Only time and fate could tear us apart.
Again and again during the leadership election, I have recalled the words of one of the most underrated Labour Party figures, Roy Hattersley: “When, in the early eighties, it looked as if the Labour Party was going to sink, it was that tribal loyalty – mixed with gratitude – which made me decide that, if the worst came to the worst, I would go down with the ship.”
But it’s not just about emotion. The self-satisfied ‘Gang of Four’ who left Labour to form the SDP in 1981 made a fatal miscalculation. They failed to realise that a progressive party could only win by uniting the vote to its left and to its right. Maybe elections are won from the centre, but not from the centre alone.
In any case, how would a breakaway party be any different to the Lib Dems? The last election was hardly a ringing endorsement for a party that chooses to triangulate between a left-wing Labour Party and a right-wing Tory Party. Moreover, what it would be for? Like the Lib Dems, such a party would be rootless, vacuous and tame.
If and when Jeremy Corbyn wins next month, any Labour members and supporters who voted for other candidates will need to fall four-square behind him. All talk of plots from either side of the Labour family is beneath contempt. For reasons of party loyalty as well as tactics, the only way to move forward is together.
Moreover, should Corbyn redemocratise the Labour Party in the way in which he plans to, this will at least mean that all parts of the Labour family are able to have their say on the future direction of the party. I highly doubt that Corbyn intends to serve a full five years, but if he is able to give ordinary members more of a say on policy, then that can only be a good thing.
Should Jeremy Corbyn become Labour’s next leader, I intend to be a constructively critical voice from within the Labour tent. I will campaign and argue for the party as hard as I have ever done. I believe that some good can come out of this, whichever Labour tribe you’re from.
Progress will be strengthened as a rallying point for the Right. The Left will have its voice listened to again. And the rest of Labour’s members, sitting somewhere in the middle of the party as we do, will need to raise our game, redouble our efforts and turn our attentions toward the real enemy.
And to those cold and timid souls who decide to leave in the event of a Corbyn victory, I have only this to say: walk away if you must, but years from now, when Labour returns to power and the dark stain of Toryism is washed away, you’ll wish you’d stayed. And fought. And won.
I want to fight for a Labour party that has the same policies as me, abolishing tuition fees, taking energy companies and railways out of private hands, creating a welfare state that helps people who have fallen on hard times, not punishes them, and finally, to create an economy that works for the people, not having people work for the economy. For me to spend years writing things such as 10 Facts about Benefits Britain, and fighting against the demonisation of welfare recipients, it would be hypocritical for me to vote for a leader who refused to oppose the Tory Welfare Bill.
I believe that the Tory austerity agenda is wrong, I believe it is a stealth tactic to make people believe we need to cut away at much needed public services and then secretly move wealth from the public purse into the hands of the wealthy. Perhaps, perhaps these are unintended consequences and this wasn’t the intention of the Tories, but the fact is, the statistics show that wealth is being transferred to the richest, while the poorest are continually losing out. Even with knowing this as a fact, the Tories will not budge from this path.
This is not the type of society I want to live in, and Corbyn is the only candidate offering an alternative. All of the three other candidates are saying that we need to cut services and reduce the deficit as a priority, but they will do it in a slightly friendlier way – as if Yvette Cooper is still going to take your disabled benefits away but give you a hug when she’s done it, because she’s nicer than Cameron. Why would I choose a leader who is possibly more attractive to the wider public than Corbyn, but isn’t willing to implement the policies that I want to see in place? Let’s dispel some myths about Corbyn:
Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable!
Is he? He’s the candidate drawing thousands of people to his rallies, he’s the candidate putting forward policies that have won in Scotland, he’s the candidate putting forward an alternative to Tory austerity. Tory austerity that was only voted for by 24% of the electorate. When people accuse Corbyn of being unelectable, it makes me think they actually believe that Andy Burnham or Yvette Cooper are so wildly popular with the wider population that they would romp home in 2020. This is bizarre, because as nice and friendly as these two candidates are, they’re completely uninspiring and bland. What a borefest. The best part is, he’s being called unelectable by candidates that can’t even win an election within their own party!
Corbyn’s policies don’t add up!
He wants to put power back in the hands of the people, and out of the hands of private profiteering companies. Corbyn’s economic policies have had the backing of two Nobel Prize winning economists, Paul Krugman and Joseph Stiglitz. These economists don’t buy the argument that austerity is our path to prosperity. Other policies, such as renationalisation of the railways, energy companies and free university study, are proven to be popular on a cross-party basis, with YouGov polls showing 60-70% popularity even with UKIP voters. Andy Burnham released a ‘manifesto’ the other day where he set out 5 policies he’s come up with, all on his own. 3 of them were Ed Miliband’s policies from the election, and 1 of them has been a LibDem policy for as long as I can remember, how inspiring!
Jeremy Corbyn is a political dinosaur!
Should age be a factor? Age has become more of an issue in Labour since Tony Blair’s slick style (for a politician) and the introduction of TV debates. There is a question mark as to whether the country will see Corbyn as a Loony Left Socialist, completely out of touch, or whether they’ll see him in the way he has come across so far; inspiringly authentic and honest. The competition he has had in the leadership race hasn’t exactly required him to be inspirational. I don’t think there is anything old fashioned about offering hope to young people, offering the chance to live in a decent, affordable home, the opportunity to have a good education, the ability to be paid a decent day’s pay for a decent day’s work. And there is especially nothing wrong with paying your taxes, knowing they won’t be squandered on dodgy wars, and knowing that multinationals and those at the top are being forced to pay their fair share of tax too. Corbyn and his team have used social media to mobilise a campaign online that has spread the word and led to thousands turning out at rallies across the country, if that’s not modern, I don’t know what is!
All said, I will support any candidate that Labour members choose to be their leader and will do all I can to help them win the country five years later, I only hope people who aren’t voting for Corbyn will do the same. Although I’ve said I have some reservations about some parts of Corbyn’s campaign If the MPs opposing Corbyn used a fraction as much of that energy to oppose the Tories, we wouldn’t be in the situation we’re in.
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I’ve attended a few rallies and meetings for Jeremy Corbyn and although I will be voting for him, I’ve noticed a few things that make his campaign a bit old fashioned, a bit cringe worthy and a tad off putting:
First of all, if one more person stands up and addresses the crowd as “comrades”, I’m going to have to stop attending these meetings. Now, I don’t know whether or not Corbyn uses the phrase – I’ve never heard him use it, but at every meeting I’ve been to the guest speakers have used it. We are not at a Bolshevik rally in the Red Square in 1920. We are in a money-spinning hotel, in Cardiff, in 2015. Many of the 1000+ attending this event are young people, 18-30 and I can see them cringe as they were greeted as comrades. If we want a Corbyn-led Labour party to appeal to the wider public, this is not how we do it.
Second, we are not in the 1980s, and Thatcher is long gone. The disastrous effects of many of her policies are still being felt today, but we need to leave Thatcher alone and realise that as much as we dislike her, she won, we lost, and we need to move on to the new battle. It’s now Cameron and Osborne and Johnson that we face, it’s best to focus on them. If we keep on spending half of our time at these rallies speaking about Thatcher and what she did to the heavy industries and mining communities then people will have a very real point when they charge Corbyn with wanting to take us back to the 80s.
Trade unions are brilliant. You can read my previous posts about why I think unions are absolutely essential, why we have them to thank for many of our rights and why we need to defend them both now, and in future. But if we have a thousand people in a room believing that the Winter of Discontent was somehow a victory of morals and that unions need to be unchecked powers then we are going to appear out of touch and old fashioned. I know that the Tories are the ones attacking the unions right now, in a very old fashioned way, but we need to see the future of trade unions and not harp back to the defeats of the 80s.
Finally, I think it’s honourable that Jeremy isn’t attacking the other candidates personally and says he won’t take part in any smear campaigns, or any personal attacks at all. It’s a part of his whole ‘new politics’ idea. I think this is great when it comes to the candidates in this race, but when we come to 2020 and every vote for us over the Tories counts, we need to be realistic and realise that personal attacks do have an effect. We saw what happened to Ed Miliband, and unless we are a bit more ruthless, the same will happen to Jeremy Corbyn.
To have a wider appeal we need to create a vision of hope and a plan for a modern, socialist future, not constant throwbacks to the past failings of the left.So far Jeremy Corbyn is strides ahead of the other candidates within the party, but we need to be a bit more inclusive to attract the support of the rest of the country.
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The Tories are looking for a new bogeyman. They’ve been using them to scapegoat and distract from their antics for years, and they must have used up every enemy they could think of because they’re going back to an old one again. We’ve had the unions as a bogey man, and we’ve had immigrants, benefit claimants, single mothers, miners, the EU, and even Red Ed’s dead Marxist father. Now we’ve come full circle, because all of a sudden the new threat to Britain is… Unions, again. New laws that David Cameron is trying to pass will mean that unions can only call a strike if they pass certain criteria: a 50% turnout and 40% in favour mark. Let’s be clear. The Tories don’t want unions to strike every now and again, they want them finished, gone.
I am proud to be a member of a trade union. The other 6.5 million members are part of the same movement as I am, the biggest democratic movement in the country. A movement bigger than the memberships of all political parties put together. Trade unions were created because the only way working people can defend themselves against unaccountable companies and roughshod-running bosses is to group together and use collective strength. Because of the unions we have:
Two day weekends – maternity leave – workplace pensions – retirement ages – occupational health and safety – the minimum wage – paid holidays – the right to not be sacked if taken ill – pay increases.
I could go on, but I’m sure that would bore you. The basic fact is that collective bargaining has been beneficial to workers. If unions were bad for workers, the Tories and business owning financiers wouldn’t be constantly trying to clamp down on workers and unions. The one thing working people have over the wealthy is the ability to collectively remove their labour. They have the money, they have the political power, they have the media influence – we have the ability to remove our labour and cut off their revenue stream. Now, it mustn’t be forgotten that the unions created the Labour party, not the other way around. Labour can’t forget this, we must never forget our roots. To defend and promote the interests of workers is the whole point of the Labour party.
Back to the new laws the Tories are trying to pass, we can see that they want a 50% turnout in strike ballots, and a 40% vote in favour of the strike for it to go ahead. Is this new criteria going to apply in all elections from now on? Say, the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, brought in by the Tories, where the turnout was only 10%. Out of the 330 Tory MPs elected, 274 of them would have failed to win if they had to abide by these rules they are now pushing for. If strikes are a big issue in Britain, then why does 70% of the public think strikes are “essential to protect workers’ interests”?
The fact is that union money is the cleanest money in politics – where is the transparency with the big businesses and wealthy individuals donating to the Tory party? This isn’t just an attempt to cut off Labour Party funding, it’s a way to strangle the union movement as a whole. The Tories, by cutting down unions will stop them being able to give any meaningful backing to all kinds of campaigns such as improving working conditions and fighting for the Living Wage.
It is not the trade unions that will suffer, it isn’t the Labour party that will suffer, it is everyday working people that will find their employment rights eroded away.