Jeremy Corbyn: the best bet for Britain and a more peaceful world
Not only does Corbyn “eschew the vitriol that is standard fare in modern politics” – he has consistently opposed Britain’s acquiescence in the insidious use of ‘soft power’ peddling the worst aspects of the American way of life and the well publicised outright and illegal US-led military aggression that seems to have become the norm.
Owen Jones, writing about Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign for the Labour leadership, ‘rings true’: “His Labour opponents are genuinely rattled; this is not going according to the script . . . The right, in triumphalist mode, is bemused and irritated that the left should even still exist, and will spin anything to its advantage. If Corbyn does badly, it will be taken as evidence that the left is all but extinct; if he does well, it will be evidence that Labour is unelectable”.
Building an alliance of low and middle-income people – the majority
He accurately describes Corbyn as being one of the most self-effacing and humble politicians in parliament, and certainly as the lowest expenses claimer among his colleagues. Pointing out that on issues from the living wage to public ownership, public opinion is on Corbyn’s side, he believes that the left could win by building an alliance of low and middle-income people: “that is, the majority of society” and offers some of the policies around which such an alliance could coalesce:
- A living wage is good for workers and for businesses, with better-off customers and taxpayers, who will spend less subsidising poverty wages.
- A homebuilding programme will reduce the social housing waiting list, create skilled jobs and waste less public money on paying private landlords.
- Public investment banks could support local businesses currently starved of loans.
- Concerns over immigration could be addressed through an “immigration dividend”: extra public money for services going to communities with higher levels of migrants.
- Middle-class commuters resent taxes spent on far higher subsidies than in the days of British Rail. Public ownership – this time democratically involving passengers and workers –would benefit them.
Jones rightly says that Corbyn faces incredible odds, but he thinks back to the people he grew up with in Stockport and briefly Falkirk, who need hope and better answers than those “peddled by a ragtag bunch of rightwing charlatans”. He ends:
“Maybe – just maybe – if the left gets its act together, that hope might finally be on offer”.
Read Owen Jones’ article here.
Posted on July 10, 2015, in Admirable politician, Banking, Democracy, Foreign policy, Government, Legal issues, Planning and tagged modern politics, Owen Jones, rail nationalisation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.