General Election 2017. I'm Voting Labour, and Here's Why.

In my lifetime, I don't remember politics getting as divisive, between such large numbers of people, save for maybe the Thatcher vs Union battle of the 1980s. Brexit, and an escalating and broadening war of ideology between the 'left' and 'right' have turned being political both into a more fashionable interest (good), and something akin to picking a favorite sports team (bad). With critical thinking on the way out, I don’t do politics online anymore usually, but here is why I will be voting Labour this June. If nothing else, hopefully this might sway a floater or two.

One might fully appreciate why people might vote Conservative this time around. There are even some policies that they promote that I wholeheartedly agree with, such as reducing pension rises to the double lock system, but there are, for me, greater and deeper moral choices to make here.

      Particularly since studying WW1 at college lately, and observing several countries posturing and forming alliances with each other, having someone in the mix who has categorically said they will NOT use nuclear weapons can only be a good thing. After all, not wanting to take part in destroying human life is honorable, isn’t it? (Also, you should probably think twice about voting for anyone who is in a hurry to say they will use them, just to appear popular). Corbyn being the ONLY person saying he won’t destroy the world, and sticking his neck right out while saying it, is the biggest reason I will be voting for him. When they said ‘Never again’ after WW1, they meant it, and we (humanity) have all too often been a disgrace to their memory up until now. We now have the chance to turn that around a bit, and what better way than to vote for peace, against all the odds?

·       Dianne Abbott, despite recently providing the biggest collective cringe since stepping on Lego was invented, shows that there is still flexibility, honesty and humanity in politics. Yes she was under prepared, and probably tired, but she didn’t resort to the manufactured soundbites that most politicians would in that situation, but actually attempted to answer the question still, while probably realising that she was going to come out bad. Anyone who has been asked/made to do a spoken presentation in front of an audience should sympathise with her, and for me, her vulnerability has become something that we can, and should all relate to. Give her a break..she's human. (that's what we want).

·         Jeremy Corbyn is the only leader available to vote for, that I would happily invite round my house.

·       Labour is the only real party for workers. It protects workers rights, fights inequality in the workplace through it’s unbreakable tradition of union affiliation, and advocates for workers in general on a grand scale. As a previous union rep, I can say from experience that both union members and non members in the workplace gain a lot more than people realise, and the weakening of Labour, and therefore unions WOULD DEFINITELY contribute to lower pay, and gradually worse working conditions, especially for those who earn the least. If you are working class and want less pay, less breaks, longer hours, no respect, and the constant threat of the, ‘there are people lining up to take your job’ mentality, then by all means vote Conservative.

·       Labour has its problems, and for me, the way to shape the party going forward is getting them back into power and letting policy be decided by the public. There hasn’t been a better opportunity to shape your own government how YOU want it ever, as far as I can see. Corbyn is open to discussion, doesn’t react to negativity and name calling, is true to his values and beliefs, and is honest. This is what the public have been calling for ever since I can remember, so It’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Personally speaking, I would like to see the party embrace the more old school vision of Labour as a legitimate way of thinking more. Because you are anti-immigration, for example, shouldn’t mean you can’t feel welcome in the Labour party. This is where Labour will sink or swim.

·       In the next four years, if you find yourself needing an emergency operation, or your parents need care, or you have a child starting school that needs extra help, or you get a head injury, you’d better hope you are under a Labour government. All of these are ‘not in my back yard’ issues, and all of which can quickly become very much, in your back yard. Little old ladies dying in hospital corridors is not something I would vote for. This is why most people would regret voting in a Conservative Government in June, and is my 'told you so' of the piece, that I hope I never need to use. 

·       Brexit. Corbyn will genuinely aim to do what is best for us, the EU and the rest of the world, when it comes to the negotiations. He will place emphasis on fairness, equality, fair and free trade and non aggression. We would become internationalists as apposed to 'tacked on' Europeans, or 'little Englanders'. Not being an aggressive, ruthless fat cat is not a weakness, despite what the suits at work might say.


      If you still can’t decide, in a world where you increasingly have to choose ‘left' or 'right’, with little in the middle, you should consider what you would do day to day in any given situation. Is it better to stop and help people that are having problems, or is it preferable to walk/drive by as stopping and helping might have a negative impact on your own life? If you would do the former, you should vote Labour, if you think the latter, you should vote Conservative. It's me, or us. It's Family life vs work. It's office vs garden. That’s the bottom line really. Which sort of person are you? 


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