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We Should be Voting for Jeremy Corbyn

May 31, 2017

It is so refreshing to finally have a candidate running for Prime Minister who regards minorities, women and the younger generation. For as long as I can remember, we have been brushed aside. This is our chance.

 

Unfortunately, Corbyn’s popularity is seldom portrayed in the media. He is under constant scrutiny which tends to overshadow his policies – classic UK politics hey! Yeah, he stands for all we believe in but he’s almost 70 and isn’t clean shaven so NATURALLY we should vote in the money-hungry Tories again, right?

 

 ‘Millennials’ are the future of this country. In a recent article, Millionaire property mogul Tim Gurner claimed that the reason so few of our generation can afford to buy a home, is because of avocado toast. Yep, you heard right – because, apparently, we spend all of our money on avocado based breakfast food and expensive coffee. He also claimed that “The people that own homes today worked very, very hard for it,” adding that if they “saved every dollar, did everything they could to get up the property investment ladder.”

 

Was gunna buy a house, but the toast was too tempting. 

 

Not to burst your bubble, Timmy – but did you not consider that perhaps the reason we haven’t made it onto the property ladder yet is because the minimum wage is frightening low and house prices have fucking sky-rocketed? Or, perhaps, because most of us are in thousands and thousands of pounds worth of debt as a result of getting a degree? Emergency service workers are reported to earn less than 20k annually, whilst ‘Baby Boomers’  earn double sitting in an office, not knowing how to save a Word document. For their generation, housing was affordable for most unskilled workers at the age of 21. 46% of 25-year-olds owned their own home 20 years ago. That figure has since shrunk to 25%. Jeremy Corbyn wants to cut student fees and raise the national minimum wage to £10.00 an hour; a policy supported by 71% of polled voters.  

 

I don’t know about you – but I’m growing tired of hearing politicians drone on about money and economics. Yeah, it’s important and *technically* makes the world go round (contrary to popular belief), but I am looking for a leader with empathy, emotion and a regard our nation and population - including our generation of avocado devourers.  For me, that is JC - and it seems as though I may not be the only one sharing these views. Voting registration officially closed on Monday 22nd May 2017. In just that one day, more than 453,000 young people registered to vote and Labour’s winning odds rose significantly.

 

 And you can spell 'stay here' using the letters in Theresa May... coincidence?! I think not...

 

Should we opt for another clueless Conservative, ask yourselves what will happen when we or someone we know falls ill and can’t afford basic healthcare. Privatising the NHS will make it virtually impossible for anyone other than the middle class to have access to affordable and public healthcare. Corbyn promises security in employment rights, access to housing, public services and the living world. He wants to re-nationalise our railways and supports a 50% tax rate for those earning more than 150k. 56% of voters backed this.

 

And if all of the above wasn’t quite enough?

Labour stand for the many, and not the few. So, essentially, everyone – not just the handful of privileged that others consider.

 

Jeremy Corbyn supports the homeless. He is completely opposed to nuclear weaponry. He doesn’t claim phony expenses from the government. He voted AGAINST the tampon tax and voted for legal abortions. In 2014, he backed for a bill that required companies with over 250 staff to publish their differences in pay. He voted for the prevention and combat of domestic violence. Theresa May refused to vote on both of these occasions, and repeatedly voted in favour of more restrictive abortion laws (e.g. criminalising sex-selective abortion, reducing the upper-time limit).

 

Labour want to extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours for working parents of pre-school age children. They are campaigning for double the current paid paternity leave and want sex and relationship education to be compulsory in all schools.  Mental health provision is set to be radically improved, especially for young people. Immigration would be controlled fairly and the law will not allow employers to undercut wages by exploiting workers.

 

I feel you, Adele. 

 

At the end of the day, we vote for people and not politics. Whilst Corbyn may been seen as somewhat unsure, I know I would always opt for “gentle inefficiency in pursuit of a better world over brutal efficiency in pursuit of a disastrous agenda.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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