Well, why would I not vote for this Labour party?
According to the Labour manifesto, the majority of Labour's policies are policies that I believe in. Their election promises, ones that I want to be kept. I want a political party that works 'For the Many, Not the Few.'
I want to see an end to Tory austerity; to the selling off of the NHS, to the shutting down of local services, the erosion of worker's rights, and what amounts to little more than the persecution of the sick, the poor and the needy in our society.
I don't want 80 ill people dying each week because they've been declared fit for work. I don't want our nurses having to feed their families from food banks. I don't want fracking, and I don't want fox hunting. Then again who would?
Apart from the Tories obviously .
Last week I went to a Jeremy Corbyn rally in York. I have, like the rest of the world, seen the relentless press stories about his ineffectuality, his inability to lead and his dangerously socialist *rolls eyes* views.
I'm also aware that the newspapers that peddle these stories are owned by a handful of billionaires from overseas several of whom are, allegedly, tax avoiders and all of whom have a vested interest in keeping the Tories in power.
I thought it was probably best to check him out for myself. Turns out a huge amount of people thought the same and continue to do so at each and every event he is at as the campaigning rolls on. St Helen's Square in York was packed with people spilling into the surrounding streets, but this wasn't a rent-a-mob hand-selected audience like Theresa May's chosen rally crowd. They weren't bussed in Labour activist hordes stage managed as set dressing. These people were all kinds of people, young old and in between, from all walks of life motivated by the desire for change and genuinely hoping that Corbyn is the man to deliver it.
|York MP Rachael Maskell and Jeremy Corbyn in York|
Corbyn is not, in truth, a fantastic orator. He's not much of a snappy dresser, he doesn't have the slick sheen or the smooth soundbites of a fully trained media man. There's no hyperbole, no grandstanding, but he clearly, and passionately, believes in what he's saying and he says it well. He's calm, measured, and used as we are to most politician's promises disappearing quicker than a dossier from the Home Office, his promises sound like they're promises genuinely made that he's determined to keep.
It's even more important to me that Corbyn motivates the general electorate to vote for a Labour candidate and a Labour government. I live in a constituency that has returned a Labour MP to the Houses of Parliament in every election since 1932, but our current MP, Mary Creagh, is in danger of losing the 2,613 majority that won her the seat in the last election. Mainly because she voted with her conscience and against triggering Article 50 despite the majority of her constituency (though I wasn't one of them) voting leave in the EU referendum. This has been seen by some (though not by me) as a betrayal and led to angry letters to the local newspaper calling for her resignation.
The Tories have put Anthony Calvert up against her. He's stood for election (and lost) twice before but obviously hopes he will be third time lucky and win the constituency that has, for this election at least, become a marginal.
It chills my heart that he might win because some voters will be motivated by anger or revenge, stemming from that travesty of a referendum and the divisiveness that referendum left in it's wake. No doubt they will be the same people who believe, like they believed during the Referendum, everything they're told by the billionaire press barons who are even more out of touch with the reality of what living in the UK means than Theresa May. And Theresa May thinks fox hunting is a good idea and Jeremy Hunt is doing a good job with the NHS
As for living in a Tory constituency? I might have to move.
If you don't know who to vote for, don't listen to the press, the tv, the media pundits or even the polls. Find out for yourself who is offering what in this election. Read the Labour Party manifesto, the Lib Dems, the the Green Party manifestoes. Hell, even read the Conservatives, when they get round to thinking of one. And don't forget to vote ...... unless, of course, you're voting Tory.
For the Many, Not the Few