Is Jeremy Corbyn electable?
In the wake of his landslide victory, many people on both wings of British politics have called into question Jeremy Corbyn's electability. Despite more people joining Labour since the election than the Conservatives have members, long-term Labour figureheads such as Lord Warner have abandoned ship for fear of an even more humiliating defeat in 2020 with Corbyn at the helm.
Yes, Jeremy Corbyn is electable. Many people, in the Labour party and elsewhere, didn’t think he would get enough votes from Labour MPs to be able to stand as a Labour leadership candidate. Even people on the left of the party, such as myself, were unsure whether he would get the 35 nominations required, but he did it. When it came to the members voting in the leadership election, Corbyn achieved a landslide victory of 59% of the total votes, a bigger win than the 57% that Blair got in 1994. Jeremy has been chosen for the people, by the people, because he is an honest, trustworthy and courageous man who stands up for his principles.
The new approach to Prime Ministers Question Time has been a success; he asks questions proposed by the public. Usually, PMQs are taken up by the Tories' unprofessional jeering and a disregard for anyone who isn’t born into privilege. However, Corbyn brings the voice of people into the limelight. He has shown that he cares about the people’s concerns, especially over the damaging tax credits cuts and the disgraceful Trade Union Bill.
The Tories are cutting tax credits for working families, but have cut corporation tax – prioritising big businesses over the wellbeing of working families. Corbyn believes that there is an alternative to austerity: his anti-austerity policies are backed by over 40 leading economists. His idea about a ‘People’s Quantitative Easing’ would take the power from the big banks, and subsequently be invested towards an updated rail, technical and housing infrastructure. In turn, it will create real jobs, nationalised railways and houses and therefore, economic growth. Austerity, on the other hand, hits the poorest in our society; it cuts jobs, hope, and is not the answer. In Canada, the Liberals have just won on an anti-austerity platform – proof that views are changing worldwide.
Jeremy Corbyn is a breath of fresh air in a stale political climate. The ‘Corbyn effect’ has already caused my local CLP to double in members since the general election. People are tired of unreachable, untrustworthy politicians. It is time for straight-talking honest politics.
To be honest, it was the one bet I would have been sorry to win. When Jeremy Corbyn was announced leader of the Labour Party, I was angry but not surprised. Corbyn is a danger to the Britain we know it. Yes, a da