Reading Jeremy Corbyn’s Conference Speech to the Labour Party faithful/nodding monkeys, few will realise that changing the speaker for any other political party leader and allowing for the required change in ideology one stark fact would have been apparent – the verbal effluence would have remained similar.
Does not every party political leader, whose party has been out of power for a period, exort their faithful to rebuild trust and support in order to win the next general election and form the next government?
Needless to say it was a given that mention of Jo Cox’s death would be made; but to describe it as a hate filled attack on democracy is, in my opinion, stretching things a tad. Mair was known to have a history of mental illness; so hate-filled? Had we democracy per se then an attack on democracy it might have been. Coupled with that ‘crowd pleaser’ Corbyn then states that there is a responsibility on all of us to take care with our rhetoric? Where was his brain and what was it doing between those two statements?
Are not all political parties founded to be the voice of the many, for social justice and for progressive change from the bottom up? The problem with that sentiment is that whilst we continue to suffer representative democracy, aka democratised dictatorship, nothing will change as power is rooted in Westminster.
Corbyn may ‘crow’ that, facing Theresa May across the Dispatch Box, he is the only one of the two elected by a third of a million people – and the remaining 63+ million ; where were their votes?
He also states that we’re paying over £9 billion a year to private landlords in housing benefit; and that instead of spending public money on building council housing, we’re subsidising private landlords. That’s wasteful, inefficient, and poor government. So perhaps Corbyn would provide taxpayers who will be funding the building of council houses with a cost/benefit analysis of that idea as against the current practice? On the same subject Corbyn promises every British family their basic human right: a decent home. Really: every British family? What about the human rights of non-British families?
Yet another promise from this wanna-be creator of Utopia: we will borrow to invest at historically low interest rates. Forgive me, but if one borrows to reinvest at historically low interest rates (presumably lower than that of the borrowing),who is it but the taxpayer who will foot the difference?
Corbyn states that a Labour Government would never accept second best for the UK. Er, does not Labour have a history of accepting second best? Are they not a party that is pro-EU and in so being accepting that they cannot govern their own nation?
We then get the statement: There is nothing more unpatriotic than not paying your taxes it is an act of vandalism. Er, are not politicians past masters at not paying their dues, setting their own standards at what can and cannot be claimed as expenses?
We are then informed that education isn’t simply about preparing for the workplace. It’s also about the exploration of knowledge and unlocking the creativity in every human being. So all school pupils should have the chance to learn an instrument take part in drama and dance and have regular access to a theatre, gallery or museum in their local area. That’s why we will introduce an arts pupil premium to every primary school in England and Wales and consult on the design and national roll-out to extend this pupil premium to all secondary schools. This will be a £160million boost for schools to invest in projects that will support cultural activities for schools over the longer-term. Just who will fund this £160million, if not the taxpayer? Might it not be cheaper to seek a grounding in the ‘3 Rs’, coupled with an understanding of the English language whereby the word ‘like’ becomes eradicated from the conversation of the young?
What we have heard from Corbyn is no different from that you will hear from any other political party leader: we will pay; we will provide; we will create, etc, etc, etc – and who provides the funding for all these promises? The taxpayer, more or less. If our society is to be changed, should it not be on the terms of the indigenous population? After all, as I have previously asked; to whom does our nation, the UK, belong; 650 or 64+million?
It is appreciated that the accusation might be made that I have been a tad selective in the comments I have made : so be it, however one fact remains: Governments have no money of their own, other than that which they forcibly ‘hike’ from our hard-earned money, under pain of imprisonment should we not comply; therefore Corbyn’s statement that we know how great this country could be, for all its people, with a new political and economic settlement beggars a sense of disbelief where this writer is concerned.
To my knowledge there is only one country that is great for all its people, because those people not only control their political class, but they also control the economic settlements of their political class – and that country is Switzerland.
So, a question: to those who don’t vote ‘because nothing changes’; to those that do know they are being led ‘by the nose’, but don’t really like it: to those who do know that there is something drastically wrong with the system of so-called democracy as practicised in this nation: just what are you going to do about it?
Are you going to continue sitting on the sofa waiting for someone to show you an exit from the democratised dicatorship from which you currently suffer and in which you have no voice whatsoever in how you can lead your life; or will you stir yourself and become active in an idea within which you can have a powerful voice in respect of how to lead your your own life in a manner of your choosing, coupled with that of the future direction of your nation?