The fact that Jeremy Corbyn has already been part of the “rebel alliance” (albeit within the Labour Party) for the last 40 years means that his transition to Obi Wan Kenobi status tomorrow as “Leader of the Opposition” should on paper be pretty seamless. He really is to coin Star Wars phrase, “A New Hope”, his deep routed socialist views in tune with the greater good and fairer distribution of health and wealth in today’s most complex society.
He will have his work cut out from the beginning should be be successful though, as many New Labour / ex Tony Blair sympathisers will no doubt convene secret meetings on the “dark side” of Westminster to oust him from the very off.
Many people are saying that Corbyn is simply not electable but I do not believe that this is the case. For decades now, there has been very little difference between the Labour and Conservative manifestos and as a result whether the Blues or the Reds win means very little when it comes to governmental policy in the end. I guess the rise of the Greens at the last election was an indication that people are beginning to change their views and vote for change. Real change.
Real change. Real change is what we could have under Jeremy. Given the fact that we will not be able to live out pre-Neolithic Revolution / Nomadic existences or move to Venus Project communes any time soon, we should turn to progressive politicians who see the bigger picture, who see the global picture, rather than focusing in on the self like all Conservatives and Republicans seem to do these days.
For those who seek out a change to Western politics and ideals, Corbyn could be the answer and if enough of us see that (here in the UK at least), then on that basis he is electable as Prime Minister of these green and pleasant lands. This could in turn lead to a political paradigm shift and steer us away from the zombie apocalypse.
Only 66% of the population voted at the last general election and I’m of the belief that the disenfranchised 34% could well be persuaded to vote, and that vote would be a vote for socialism. 34% in itself would almost be enough to get in out right, nevermind the safe Labour seats of Wallasey and other red flag bearing wards and boroughs. If Corbyn can bring that belief back, then he does stand a real chance of getting the keys to 10 Downing Street.
For those who still do not see him as “A New Hope”, let’s compare our rebel alliance leader with one in a galaxy far, far away (coincidence or an odd case of synchronicty)?
Obi Wan Kenobi:
Let’s take a look at Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto in brief:
- An end to austerity, higher taxes for the rich and more protection for people on welfare.
- A crackdown on tax avoidance and tax evasion, tax breaks for companies, and a Corporation Tax increase to reduce the deficit.
- Introduce a “maximum wage” to cap the pay of top executives.
- Quantitative easing for new large scale housing, energy, transport and digital projects, creating skilled jobs and genuine apprenticeships, knock-on effects for the supply chain.
Education & Health
- Introduce a National Education Service, following the NHS model, with state-funded academies and free returning to to local authority control.
- Tuition fees scrapped and replaced with grants.
- Introduce universal childcare.
- Eradicate PFI deals from the NHS by using government money to buy them out.
Foreign Policy & Defence
- An International policy based on political negotiations not military solutions to secure peace.
- Withdraw from NATO and opposition to air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
- The UK would not spend 2% of GDP on defence, as pledged by the current government.
- The Trident nuclear missile system would be scrapped.
- Introduce rent controls to help families on benefits to pay their rent.
- Improved right-to-buy scheme, allowing tenants in council and social housing to purchase their homes at a discount.
Transport & Energy
- Renationalise Britain’s railway network and opposition to the High Speed Rail Network.
- Renationalise energy companies, regulating publicly run services which deliver energy supplies.
- Introduce a moratorium on fracking which is dangerous to the environment.
- UK to remain in the EU, but with a vision for a better Europe through a change programme.
- Opposition to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
I am hoping that by midday tomorrow that Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour Party and if he is, I will sign up immediately and become an active member, only under the leadership and direction of a true socialist would I ever even consider doing that.