NEXT month’s General Election is a pivotal moment and will change our country for a generation and beyond.
The choice is simple.
We have the “strong and unstable” Tories who are hell bent on turning our country into a Little Britain for the powerful and rich and let the devil take the hindmost for the rest of us.
Or we have a Jeremy Corbyn led Labour government dedicated to serving and helping the “many and not the few”.
If we, the electorate make the wrong choice, I fear deeply for our collective futures.
For decades our country has been sleep walking into a world of personal greed, arrogance and self-importance with totems such as million pound homes, winner takes all, designer clothes labels and reverence to the aristocracy.
Human kindness, gentleness, peace, society and social justice were jettisoned for a winner takes all mentality and a scapegoating of the homeless, those claiming benefits, the disabled, Muslims, asylum seekers and the poor in general.
Once again, the choice is simple.
We must not again elect a UK government compiled of self-seeking rich Tory elitists who care more about their mansions and banking friends than about people.
And their shopping list for change is truly terrifying.
Over the next few years an unshackled Theresa May Conservative government will:
- Bungle a Hard Brexit in which we will lose all the social and economic benefits and safeguards we have collectively fought so hard to preserve for the past 45 years.
- Rip up the Human Rights Act, which underpins our legal system and protects all our basic freedoms and those of persecuted minorities.
- Spend £200billion on replacing Trident with new nuclear weapons, which at the push of a button could wipe out millions of lives and pollute our planet for tens of thousands of years.
- Make £12.8billion of cuts to welfare, leaving the poorest, the oldest and the weakest in our society facing the bleakest of futures. In turn this will ensure the need for a food bank in every town and extend child poverty ensuring suffering and a loss of opportunity for millions.
- Begin a phased end to council housing, thus pushing up rents in the private sector and making families homeless. Once again – as under Thatcher – we are already seeing a surge in rough sleeping and begging.
- Will enact tougher sanctions on migrants and refugees whether from Europe or beyond.
- Involve the UK in further illegal wars in the Middle East and trigger an increase in racism and Islamophobia.
- Back a return of the barbaric blood sports of fox hunting and deer coursing.
- Extend zero hours contracts, thus massaging the unemployment figures and leaving thousands of the poorest people without any job security.
- Legislate for more private schools and academies which will imbed the class system even deeper in our society, rather focus on improving our state schooling system.
- Escalate and accelerate the privatisation of the NHS, so medical care will depend on wealth and power rather than need.
- Then redraw constituency boundaries so these same corrupt capitalist elitists stay in power for another 20 more years.
But under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour is offering a real and radical alternative which gives renewed hope of a better future.
Over the past two years this gentle political firebrand has packed out meetings and hustings the length and breadth of this country with his simple messages of fairness, compassion and change
His messages have caught the hearts and minds of millions.
Now those messages are wrapped up in Labour’s pledges for this General Election and will be spelt out fully in the party’s manifesto, which will be launched next week.
Jeremy Corbyn’s 10 Pledges to Rebuild and Transform Britain are quite simply breath-taking and wonderful:
- Full Employment – a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks will back up £500bn of investment across energy, transport and housing.
- A Secure Homes Guarantee – over a million new homes in five years will be built, with at least half a million council homes, through its public investment strategy.
- Security at work – people will have stronger employment rights “from day one in a job”, an end to “exploitative zero hours contracts”, repeal the Trade Union Act and the creation of new sectoral collective bargaining rights. Ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home – because it causes divisions when people are played off against each other.
- A secure NHS and social care – an end to any NHS services being outsourced to private health providers.
- A National Education Service – universal childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.
- Action to secure our environment – an expansion of green industries, using the National Investment Bank to invest in public and community-owned renewable energy.
- Put the public back into our economy – people will have “a real say in their local communities with increased local and regional democracy”.
- Cut inequality in income and wealth – the tax system will become “more progressive” so higher earners are “fairly taxed” and people on lower incomes will have their pay boosted through a higher minimum wage of £10 an hour.
- Action to secure an equal society – Labour will take action to tackle violence against women and girls, racism and discrimination on the basis of faith, and secure real equality for LGBT and disabled people.
- Peace and justice at the heart of foreign policy – human rights and social justice will be built into trade policy, while international treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament will be honoured as it encourages others to do the same.
A brave new world indeed, and those Corbyn led Labour pledges are forever true.
Fairness, compassion and equality can finally overturn the scourge of capitalist greed.
Hope is renewed.
The choice is simple: vote Labour.