Jeremy Corbyn has won a victory for democracy
For the media, Jeremy Corbyn’s failure was pre-scripted, a forgone conclusion. They have a firm grip on the power to shape public opinion in this country: that is a story we are all too familiar with. But Jeremy Corbyn has done much better than any commentator ever would have dared to predict, with the biggest share of the vote achieved by a Labour leader since Clement Attlee in 1945 — this is one of the most sensational political upsets this country has seen. We must ensure that this is just the start of a wider chain reaction.
People are sick of being told we have no money for the police force and NHS, yet knowing full well we are the 6th richest country on the planet. You cannot dictate how the public should vote, despite the clout of a right wing press being behind you.
The arrogance with which the Tories conducted their campaign has hurt them badly. A manifesto which did not set out a vision for the future of the country, that was not costed, and went haughtily after typical Tory voters. The endless soundbites, with no answers to questions, and vitriolic abuse thrown at an incredibly likeable opposition leader. The lack of any semblance of charisma or regard for the public by Theresa May is the type of contempt that has contributed to the elimination of the Tory majority.
Unfiltered media coverage of Corbyn has allowed many prospective voters to reconsider their first impression of the Labour leader, and he has attracted large crowds and followings everywhere he has visited. But it was also manifesto which helped the Labour surge. People have not only grown to like Corbyn as a person, but found themselves agreeing with his policies and standpoints on major issues.
Jeremy Corbyn has done much better than any commentator ever would have dared to predict, with the biggest share of the vote acheived by a Labour leader since Clemment Attlee in 1945
Even as inequality grew to obscene levels over the past decades, the notion that a government could tax the wealthy in order to fund public services had been all but relegated from public consensus. The idea that we could re-nationalise private companies delivering essential public services that were failing their customers to please shareholders, such as trains and utilities, was not aired.
The proposal of a genuine living wage, the abolition of student debt, the creation of a national investment bank to fund infrastructure projects. These arguments were marginalised until we just stopped hearing them. The financialisation of our country forbid any such discussions. They are now firmly back on the table, and have enthused many to get behind Corbyn and his team to help achieve them.
Jeremy Corbyn has brought ideas and issues to the table that have not been seen within mainstream politics for generations. He has made politics exciting for many. The followers of his brand of politics can and will continue, and somewhere down the line, we will all benefit from what he kickstarted. Whether it be in the public consensus keeping the Tories from moving ever further to the right, or the prospect of a socialist government being elected in the future Jeremy Corbyn has made the voice of many previously voiceless heard, he’s given them the strength to stand up and be counted.
Theresa May’s attempt at building an authoritarian government has failed. The people have seen to that. The people must continue to hold what looks like a minority Conservative government propped up by the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to account. The feeling is that people are finally waking up to what the Tories really are: a party which has no regard for the people of this nation, and is only interested in serving the interests of the elite. Even middle England, who may not be affected by cuts to welfare etc, is not safe from cuts to public services, the Tories have gone too far.
There will be a price to pay for Theresa May and the Conservative’s. The DUP oppose same-sex marriage, the right to an abortion, as well as being climate change deniers. The Tories will always sink to whatever level they must to keep a grasp of their supposed right to rule. The hypocrisy of the Tories jumping into bed with the DUP after attacking Jeremy Corbyn over links to the Sinn Fein is rank. It’s untidy, it’s messy, and it’s humiliating for Theresa May and the Conservatives. Certainly not the stability she claims she brings to the table.
Of course, there is still the possibility of another general election in the near future if no deal can be made or if a minority government fails.
This was the highest voter turnout since 1997, and reports are saying that highly increased number of young people turned out to vote
Theresa May is at the time of writing, refusing to stand down. But make no mistake, the Tory sharks will start circling, they have smelt blood. She cannot continue in their eyes, she called an unnecessary election to gain an enhanced majority by coronation, and she blew it. She might still be able to form a government, but the majority and her credibility has been wiped out. She will be put through the wringer by her party — it is no less than the compulsive liar, and excuse of a politician deserves after her shambolic, insulting mess of a campaign.
In the Labour party, the “Blairite” neo-liberal faction of Labour is now dead. New Labour is dead. The country has just backed Jeremy Corbyn, it’s time for his party to as well. Indeed, without their undermining and coup attempts perhaps Labour might have stood a chance at forming a government. But now Jeremy Corbyn has proved beyond doubt that his vision is the one the Labour party should continue with, even if he stands down, someone of his mould has the right to take over without the abuse and sabotage attempts from within that Corbyn himself has had to endure.
We now have a strong and stable opposition, with a renewed sense of purpose and the momentum of younger voters behind them. there is an appetite for change in this country. That there are people who want to move away from a system that works only for the richest, and move towards a system and society that works for everyone. Jeremy Corbyn has proved he would make a fine Prime Minister.
There will still be tough times ahead. Mrs May and her Conservative Party will still look to fully privatise the NHS, cut education and public service funding, slash the welfare state, rip up our employment and human rights. They’ll look to keep wages low and working conditions poor whilst cutting taxes further for the richest: they’ll use Brexit as an excuse to do this. The voice of people like Jeremy Corbyn will be needed now more than ever, but he has proved that he can mobilise the people behind him and has increased his strength in the House of Commons.
It may be a small victory for now, but one which will positively impact how politics moves forwards in this country. This was the highest voter turnout since 1997, and reports are saying that highly increased number of young people turned out to vote. He has awakened a generation who felt disillusioned and disenfranchised by politics. Some of these people may drift away from politics, but others will become candidates for selection in future elections, some will become future Labour MP’s carrying the torch of socialism and the vision that Jeremy Corbyn had for the country.
Jeremy Corbyn has won a victory for us all. He has changed the face of British politics, and we will all benefit from in the future, if not the immediate present — for that, we owe him a debt of gratitude.