Questions for our Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party and just about everyone else
I am a member and youth officer in our party and I know all parties are bound to be a marriage of convenience, agreeing on enough and knowing we need to work that out and present a united platform and not let those we fundamentally disagree with get in. I am wholesomely proud of the plans, policies and platform we have for the voters of this country today.
As Prime Minister, Jeremy will be on point in number 10, so his character matters substantially aswell as substantial policy. He’s been a good force for so long now, and it has built up a credibility. From helping stop Apartheid, starting talks for peace in Northern Ireland, almost stopping the Iraq War and a good deal in between he’s been leading from below and basically always coming out on the right side of history. His time has come.
I think he’s got great character, he’s not one of these silver-tongued ultimate buffoons. He’s got the common touch. He’s not about personal advancement or he wouldn’t tell the difficult, awkward unpopular truths to power. He was always about making a difference, and by being damn serious about principles, in a great surprise, in a contest he entered to broaden the debate he’s become popular leader of the party. Twice. So now he can have a go with an actual election! And all the unknown quantities the naysayers ignored are at play, and we mustn’t get complacent but we shall win this if we keep getting on with it.
So in the spirit of getting on with it and getting real, let’s ask the difficult questions, I write this post.
We know he’s been an insurgent force for good, practising and respecting dissent, and putting things to collective judgement, but what was he like as a manager. Untested? Does he even want to manage people in the same way, or does he want them to think for themselves. It’s certainly been a trial by fire and he’s remained a consistent, stable leader, the kind of leader who sets you free, and who’s skill at doing so inspires confidence and a following. Nothing more. No authoritarian commands needed, no deference.
That’s a rare thing and an unfamiliar leadership style!
Can we though develop answers and plans to give people assurances that with their help we will pass our budget, keep our promises, and abide and behave decently be it at the constituency level or in parliament.
I want us elaborate on the future of the UK outside the EU. We don’t need to deflect when this question comes up, but like everything, answer assiduously.
I don’t think we should think of ourselves competing on the world stage so much as being ourselves and doing our bit to be a beacon of hope, success, freedom and security, as an altruistic state that doesn’t suffer fools gladly. I think we need to open to the world, and a well funded melting pot establishing a higher standard of freedom of movement, and by that I mean real freedom, not continuing being complicit in destablising and divesting from areas in Scotland or Poland or Nigeria that leaving lots of people uprooted to come to make it an underfunded, divided alienated community and absolute employer’s market in the UK.
I agree it would be wrong and dangerous to deny democracy and in any way hold up Brexit unless there was some unprecedented popular demand to abort the mandate, unheard of after a referendum or election in the UK, and it would need unprecedented new circumstances to trigger. And those circumstances don’t exist.
But can you elaborate on what our priorities will be for Europe and the EU from the outside looking in? We are free economically to nationalise industries in a way we weren’t before, and to produce money through public spending. But in an internationalist spirit of solidarity what will our priorities be in the world, and with what legitimate means can we achieve those priorities? We will assuredly remain a big participant in the UN. But regionally, will we seek to bring about participation in really democratic structures of international peace-keeping, justice and co-operation? Can we see interdependency that makes us part of something stronger as distinct from the interdependency that makes us co-ordinated like a line of dominoes in acrimonious tensions.
Come the liquidity trap and financial crash that is in the works according to experts like Ann Pettifor and Yanis Varoufakis, what with all the debt-packaging behavior of big banks that was a key ingredient of the last crash, and the new wreckless experimental economics of far-gone neoliberalism of the warped centreground (unpopular left and right). With the negative interest rates for the rich and huge constant bail out by quantatitive easing of the banks while they don’t even keep a good ship, what will we do and how will we take on the responsibility to avert this crisis in solidarity with people around the world.
The micro measures of wealth creation are not engough to focus on. Managing inflation and deflation is all very well but with an economic system behaving like it is now, its like managing the important guttering on a home while filling it with explosives and smoking heavily.
Will we do this by engaging legitimately as a voice that believes for the good of all we must transform the structures that already exist, (not by intefering covertly in sovereign affairs) or do we go about it by escaping those structures and starting anew? Or do we try a bit of both, specifically in relation to the EU, single market, customs union, freedom of movement, consumer rights and environmental protections and the IMF and world bank. We must think what are our stakes int this process, what are the cards we hold. Will we advance the European New Deal?
We must embrace these questions and define our plans, and tell people a good solution now is better than false promises of a perfect tomorrow via trickle down economics and making us a tax haven, which is what the nutters on the other side are offering. We need to inspire people to trust themselves and us in the party to work together to have that political input, informed, verified or challenged as the case may be but done the justice of a discussion hoping to lay a good path satisfactory for all. We must not let it be left to these tories in back rooms who take the responsibility away from the public and don’t have our best interests at heart. We need to definitively show that clearer better plan we already have, and take it ahead, not rest on our laurels attall even though its already much better. Keir Starmer is pretty good at this but we need to do more work and get onboard.