Prime Minister’s Questions? more like Prime Minister’s Diversions.

Yesterday’s PMQs was in my opinion a win for Corbyn. It was also a win for the people of Britain. David Cameron is trying very hard to mask his utter contempt for the leader of the opposition, but he is failing. This is not necessarily a good thing for Cameron as he is starting to use PMQs just to attack Corbyn instead of answering him.

When faced with real worries that normal people have about society, Cameron just does not answer the question. When told about people’s worries of another winter crisis in the NHS, he decided to slander the labour party, calling it Trotskyist, Marxist, and Communist. The prime minister still won’t tell us if the 4.6 million people who use tax credits will be worse off next year. Instead of answering this question, Corbyn was laughed at and jeered at by the Conservatives. They are showing their true colours, they are showing his ignorant they are. They laugh at other people’s plight, they jeer at our worries, and they don’t even let Corbyn speak. They are out of touch, and they should be ashamed of themselves.

I do, however have one slight criticism of Corbyn. He lets them walk all over him. It is so sad to see him just let the Prime Minister off when he slanders him and the policies he has. Corbyn never bites back, he never tries to score some points with the prime minister. He does not have to sink into a personality slander tennis match, but he needs to reply with facts, with truths, and with a bit of ferocity. I love he thought of the new style of PMQs, but it just lets the prime minister off of the hook. Corbyn needs to attack the prime minister and hold him account for what he and his party are doing to our country.

I absolutely admire how Corbyn can remain charm when those ignorant, vile and disgraceful Conservatives jeer at him, I certainly couldn’t. But the Leader of the opposition needs to get back at Cameron. He needs to show him that we will not stand for spin and indoctrination. He needs to make sure he never lets the prime minister score political points. He can still keep the integrity of the new PMQs, but with a bit more of a back-and-forth.

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Unfair redistribution of wealth in the UK – The Truth

George Osborne has led a successful campaign to rob the poorest of their money and give it to the rich and powerful in our society. There is a social change in the UK, one that only brings about the widening of the chasm that is apparent in British society between the upper and lower classes. A campaign led by our chancellor in a bid to redistribute our wealth from the bottom to the top, crippling the most vulnerable, and strengthening the most powerful. It is the old trick of divide and destroy. I have spoken about this bottom up redistribution of wealth prior to this, but i would like to put it into context. We are being deceived by Osborne in our country’s prosperity, and in the words of John McDonnell; the chancellor’s policies are not leading to a recovery, but in fact a robbery. Instead of making work pay, the Tories are making the workers pay. But for what? For the enrichment of the upper classes in our society.

The Chancellor’s policies to award the mega-wealthy are an attack on our democracy. corporation tax has been reduced from 28-18% to the tune of an 8bn pound loss for the country, showing tCat the Conservatives are more committed to helping their friends in big business than they are the people who need help the most. This, coupled with the Capital Gains Tax relief which gives us a loss of 5bn pounds, highlights how companies are being allowed to exploit our workers, and get a nice big subsidy in the meantime. A tax cut on millionaires from 50-45%, increase in the inheritance tax threshold (1m) are even more examples of the lies we are being fed. What this shows is that we have elected a Government that is running for the businesses, and not for the people. It is putting profit before our people and the most powerful before the most vulnerable. We are having money taken out of a pot that could fund the NHS, public services, or our welfare state. Money that is being given to the businesses and super-rich in our society. Not only is the Chancellor awarding the rich for being rich, but he is also punishing the poor for being poor.

The tax credit cuts will take 4.5 bn out of people’s hands. Money that will be used to stimulate demand, to buy things and to make sure that people are not starving or freezing because of the lack of a real living wage in our society. This money is not just going, but it is being put into the aforementioned rewards to the rich, helping fund the reduction in corporation tax. Sick and disabled people are facing a 30% cut in their employment and support allowance. Meaning they will no longer be able to afford their needs and will be pushed into destitution and poverty. These are the most vulnerable in our society, these are the people who need our support, that can’t provide for themselves and need some help. These are people who a Government should be putting money into, making  sure that they are not at a disadvantage because of their situations, yet our Government takes money they need away from them. Yet our Government decides to fund the rich instead of the needy. The DWP will also be placing their goons in food banks as employment advisors, making the poor feel guilty for a situation that they can not change. These are desperate people, they need us, but we are not there. People are being destroyed, they are being robbed and they are being lied to by the Conservatives. We are seeing a massive increase in social inequality, under the coalition government, food banks rose by 400%, people are in need, they are desperate; and this is all due to the Government. People are in destitution, they are being thrust deeper into poverty, but as a result of the Government’s failure to invest in us, the people. Instead they give handouts to the top.

We are being lied to, Osborne and his Tories are robbing from the poor in order to fund their friends. It is wrong, it is a betrayal of the working people of the UK and something must change. We are never going to see a real recovery for the working people, if we don’t end the robbery of wealth from the working people. Let’s get together against them. Let’s tell the public of their deception.

The Blairites – Their attempts of a coup will not work

Today showed the rifts that the Labour party still faces from within. Rifts that are created by the people who should be preaching unity against the Tories. Tristam Hunt MP spoke at Cambridge University today about the situation that Labour is in. He said that it was ‘in the s**t’ and that the people he was addressing (The Cambridge Labour Club) were ‘The 1% who must take charge’. This is something that we should never hear from a Labour MP’s mouth, this is Tory speak.

Hunt has destroyed any credibility he once had. He has shown us that him and the Tories are actually not to distant in their beliefs. Labour is a party for the working people, it was created to protect them, and to represent them as much as is possible. However we lost our way through the Blair-Brown years. We became just as Tory as the Tories. But now, under Corbyn, we have found our values, and we should not be ashamed of that. We are being led by a leader that is not a member of the elite, that is not a member of the Oxbridge club nor is he a member of the ‘1%’. We have a leader that can represent the working class, and Hunt does not like this. Hunt would much rather us all be ruled by the elite, he must hate the fact that Labour has gone against his, and many other ideologies of class and the absence of a social ladder. Corbyn has broken all expectations, he has defied the blairites in his party, and he has accumulated a backing from the public, who need and want change.

What is Tristam Hunt playing at? Does he not understand that the time of an elitist labour is over? That we now are represented by someone who can represent us and has not led a privileged life or been protected by the hardships of society. Tristam Hunt is going against everything Labour stands for and frankly, he seems to have a very big sense of self-worth. Well Mr Hunt, you are nothing. You and the blairites that back you are throwing your toys out of the plan because you can no longer control the public. You can no longer deceive us into thinking that you will provide an equal and fair society. The Labour party membership has spoken, so start doing your job and listen to them. I really do believe that Hunt and his other cronies should be deselected next time round if they carry on with their betrayal of their own party.

The whole problem with the people who are speaking out against LAbour from the inside is that they are hypocrites. They say how bad Corbyn will be, how bad he will fail and constantly undermine him, when at the same time they are saying that the problem with Corbyn is that he has created a major rift in the party. How can you be even mor ignorant. The only reason Labour is being broken into two, is because you are constantly, publicly undermining our leader. People like Tristam Hunt are a threat to the security of the Labour party more so than Corbyn could ever be. My message to them is they should shut up, or they should be de-selected.

All of these people who are speaking out against Corbyn have only been seen to be getting abuse from others and their popularity has taken a toll. It seems that these Blairite coup attempts never work. They tried it before Corbyn’s election, by getting major figures to speak out against him, and it only increased Corbyn’s popularity. They are trying to do this again, and it will fail. These MPs should stop being so public, and if they do want to be public about it, they should leave our party. Stop destroying our party before we can function. We need the backing of all Labour MPs, only then can we really call us the Party that stands up for democracy, the working people and equality.

Redistribution of wealth – They are doing it the wrong way round!

Austerity is something that we have not really seen in Britain. We march against it, we blog about it, and we accuse Cameron and Osborne of it, but really, we have not had a lot of it. The Tories are cutting many things, from tax credits to benefits, but they are not achieving one of their main goals, to get the deficit down. What they are doing, however, is a major change in the dominion of wealth. They are taking part in a mass redistribution of wealth.

I love the thought of redistributing wealth around our economy so that we do not have the richest five families in the UK having dominion over 20% of the UK’s wealth. I love the thought that we should not have people unable to feed their children, to heat their houses and that they should be able to afford these basic needs. Redistribution of wealth is an idea that i think is essential to undoing the misery, the pain and the destitution that has been pushed on the most vulnerable in our society over the past 30 years. The Tories are redistributing wealth around our economy, they are moving it from one part of our society to the other just as i advocate. But not exactly. The Tories are, instead of taking just a fraction of the wealth from the rich, from the most wealthy and secure, they are taking it from the aforementioned most vulnerable and needy in our society. They are cutting tax credits in order to fund their changes to inheritance tax which will allow the most wealthy to pay less tax, and in some cases pay none on their money. They are cutting expenditure on our police force, at the same time that they are decreasing corporation tax. They have stopped the renovation of hundreds and hundreds of schools, whilst at the same time they were putting more than a third of our GDP into the banks, leading to nothing but big banker’s bonuses, and an increase in the price of bank owned assets. This is what we are fighting against when we say no more austerity. This is what is causing social divides, what is destroying people’s lives, and what is leaving them nothing but cold, unfed children who they can not afford to keep. It is the Tories’ ideologically driven redistribution of wealth that is causing a class war between the mega-rich, and the mega-poor.

It is in these times that we need to start thinking about how we can help our economy, instead of cripple it like the Tories are doing at the moment. We need some Keynesian economics. We need to invest in infrastructure, we need to make sure people are being paid a proper living wage, and we need to control exorbitant prices of housing.

We need to make a massive change in our economical attitude. It is not destroying the most needy and vulnerable that will help us recover, it is making sure that these people are getting what they need and are able to provide for their families. It is putting them in a secure house, with a secure job and have secure prices. It is making sure that there is equality in our society instead of class war. It is a change like this that we need, if we are to see the end of destitution, of class war. And the only people who are able to bring this change on such a scale is Labour. We need to make sure that we do not let the Tories cloud us with their spin and propaganda. We need to fight against this unequal ideology that the poor must suffer and the rich must thrive in order for an economic recovery. Austerity does not work. It may work for the Conservatives with their agenda to divide and destroy. But it does not work for the millions of people who are struggling to get their basic needs. We need to help them instead of the ones who wish to destroy us. Let’s get some change, after 30 years of utter torment. Maybe then, we can have an equal society, and we can have a country that is not plummeting into more and more debt. Two things that the Tories are yet to do.

We have the foundations – now let’s build.

After watching Question Time on Thursday, I lost a bit of hope in Labour, thinking that they would be unable to galvanize the public both in Scotland and in England. The reception that Dugdale got from the audience was cold, it was sceptical and it was not very hopeful for Scotland. However, we have seen a massive change in politics. We have seen something new. Something that Britain is not used to. We have seen a politician rise to power from nothing. Not through lies, not through deception, but through truth.

It is something that I can see people being sceptical about. I can see why people will be weary of this change. We as a country are so used to lies, to deception. This is shown through the public’s reaction to the deception over the tax credit cuts. David Cameron lied to the public. But the public seem to have allowed it. There was a sense that it was expected that they would lie to us. This just shows the state our political system is in. We accept the politics of lies and cheats, but are sceptical about the politics of truth and hope.

The only way we can bet this. The only way that we as a country can reject being deceived, is to build a movement that represents truth and hope. The foundations of this movement have been laid through the ascension of Corbyn on a platform of a kinder politics. We need to build upon these foundations, before the people who represent these lies try to destroy our movement from those very foundations.

Let’s get behind Jeremy, let’s represent hope and kindness. We need more people to get involved in every part of our country from Scotland to Cornwall, Wales to East Anglia. We need support. We need help. And we need hope and kindness to drive our movement. Let’s not allow our movement to be destroyed by those who have a vested interest against it. We need to lead a movement of unity against their movement of division. Let’s support a man who wants to support us. Let’s build on the foundations of Jeremy’s leadership. Let’s show them that our strength, our unity, can defy their lies.

They won’t stop. We are still getting these cuts!

After being unable to get an answer out of the Prime Minister yesterday, people are still worried about whether they will still be worse off next year due to their tax credits being cut. It seems that today, the Conservative backbenchers have come to Mr Cameron’s rescue by going against the bill, showing that it will still make these people worse off.

It is strange that i find myself in agreement with a Tory on this matter, but i do agree. The conservative party has ‘lost its way’ on this, and i believe that Cameron and Osborne know this too. They have a big dilemma. They either go ahead with their ‘reforms’ to tax credits, and face the wrath of the public. Or they do a U-turn and don’t institute these cuts, and face the wrath of the media. Osborne says that he is in listening mode, but it does not seem so. Listening to who, to the public? Obviously not, he still wants to go through with these cuts but wants to spread it out over a longer period. This will still mean that people will be less off, it will still take away much-needed tax credits from the most vulnerable in our society. Introducing it over a longer time will only make it less visible. But it will still be horrific.

The Conservatives have now adopted the strategy of saying that they ‘need’ to find 4.4bn pounds from somewhere in the welfare bill. But they don’t. Why does it have to be from the welfare bill? why can’t they stop giving handouts to the richest in our society, and start providing for the poorest? We have a system that punishes the poor for being poor, and awards the rich for being rich. These awards come through letting companies get away with not paying tax. Money that our people deserve, money that we need. over 30 bn pounds could be raised if we just made companies pay their tax. If we really needed money, as Osborne says, then why is he not making these companies pay their fair share. Instead he is decreasing corporation tax by enough to fund everyone’s university fees four times. It is a betrayal to those people who need help most, that we allow our government to punish them for being poor. Poverty is not a lifestyle choice, it is not a decision. And the reason for the high welfare bill is because of the lack of government intervention to help these people.

John McDonnell was right when he explained that housing benefit is so high because we fail to build enough council houses. Not only that but we fail to crack down on exorbitant rents and the fact that there are 300,000 properties uninhabited throughout our country. Tax credits are so high because pay is so low. Pay is so low because the government allows employers to exploit their workers. Zero-hours contracts and unstable jobs means that people are unable to ask for a higher wage in fear they may lose their jobs. And the government’s implementation of the trade union bill is weakening any chance of better pay and in work rights for workers. The government does have the ability to stop this, but chooses not to. They are choosing to take 4.4bn out of the economy. The reason that unemployment bills are so high is because our government has chosen not to invest properly in our economy. The choice to allow the de-industrialisation in the north and elsewhere. These are why we have a bloated welfare bill. And just as the Tories always do, they blame the poor for being poor and not the system that they preside over. A system that funds the richest on the backs of the poorest. That disregards the most vulnerable in our society in order to ‘balance the books’ (something Osborne has absolutely failed at with the doubling of the deficit since 2010). I say that we should run a country for people before profit. Where caring for individuals comes before propping up exploitation. Where we don’t let people rely on food banks to get by. Where the people at the top pay their fair share and stop blaming the poor for their woes.

The conservatives are going to go through with this tax credit cut, whatever we say. They will make sure that the people at the bottom of our society will carry on propping up the people at the top. We should be saluting these people who do all that we as of them, not destroying them. The Conservatives are a threat to our national security, they will continue to be until they realise that a government that makes workers pay, can never claim to make work pay. David Cameron’s assault on poverty has become a crusade on the poor. We need to oppose the whole idea of these cuts. We don’t just need them to be spread over a longer timeframe, we want them to go. However long it takes the government to institute them, they will still punish the poor. Let’s stop the government’s ideologically driven cuts, and let’s oppose their upward distribution of wealth.

Why can’t our Prime Minister answer our questions?

Not only was today a victory for Jeremy Corbyn, but it was a victory for the people of Britain. We have a government that is doing all it can to take part in the distribution of wealth. A distribution of taking from the poorest and most needy, and giving it to the wealthiest and most greedy. They call this Austerity. They say that our country has to save money, they say that we are living beyond our means, they say that they have to make ‘hard decisions’ in order to help our country. Lies, deception and utter greed. Their first attempt to institute this upwards distribution of wealth was the tax credit cuts that were unjustly pushed through the commons and amazingly defeated in the Lords. This was obviously a way of punishing the working poor for being poor. However, after the defeat of this bill by the peers, the government chucked their toys out of the pram and have decided to institute the cuts to tax credits in a ‘different’ way. People who rely on these tax credits, who do all that is asked of them are still in the dark, they are still scared that they will be pushed into destitution through these cuts. Jeremy Corbyn attempted to ask the Prime Minister, on behalf of these people, if they will still be worse off next year, when these cuts are introduced. But why did David Cameron not answer?

Jeremy Corbyn asked Cameron six times if these tax credits would still make people worse off next year, and to all of these questions, Cameron chose not to answer. He went on about all the other things that could help people who will be affected and even made a few digs at Corbyn himself in an attempt to divert the question. But Corbyn stuck to it and was relentless in asking this what should be simple and easy question. Corbyn has shed light on the shadow that now remains. Will the government listen to the people and stop oppressing the most vulnerable in our society, or will he carry on and help destroy these people’s livelihoods and push them into deeper poverty?

Cameron’s science says all. He knows that the Tories still plan to go through with this unjust policy. He has seen what the media have done when he lied about not cutting tax credits before the election so he is keeping his mouth shut. He will not say that people will not be worse off next year because he knows they will and he does not want to give the media any more ammunition. Cameron is a liar, he is a cheat, and he is not fit to be our Prime Minister. Jeremy Corbyn hammered Cameron today, showing that truth can prevail over Tory spin. But the problem i had with PMQs today was the Conservative’s absolute disrespect of Corbyn. Shouting over him, jeering at him and acting like absolute kids, these are meant to be people who represent us. They are a shame on Britain. The Tories are so smug after they won this year’s election, they do not see that it will be their demise.

Corbyn may be quite a marmite leader, but Cameron is just as bad. The latest polls said that net 10% of people agree Jeremy Corbyn should be gone by 2020, something the media can’t stop telling us about. However, in the same poll net 8% say that Cameron should be gone by 2020. This shows that Cameron is unpopular too. As for Corbyn’s unpopularity, there has been a great change in politics after Corbyn’s victory. A change that people are still trying to get used to. Corbyn is not the most liked Labour leader, but his support is growing, whatever the media say. The same poll also says that the voting intention of the public that they surveyed was 35% for the Tories, but 35% also for Labour. This is astonishing, Labour are close to the Tories, closer than they were before the election, d not trust the media. Furthermore 57% of people polled were dissatisfied with the way the government is running our country, against 38% who are satisfied. In addition to this, when asked if they are satisfied with David Cameron’s leadership of our country, 51% were dissatisfied with just 42% satisfied.

We should not rely on polls, but if they are being used against us, we may as well use them back. However, Labour still has a long way to go until the next General election. Today was a victory for Labour, showing that yet again, they are the party for the working people, not the Tories. David Cameron did not answer Corbyn’s question today because he knew that what he is going to do will destroy the working poor, and he can’t lie again. But he is, he does and he will, and it is our job to make sure that we show the public what is really going on. That we show the that the Tories are distributing wealth from the poor, to the wealthy, making the poor poorer and the rich richer. All at the expense of our people. David Cameron’s promises to our country are false, just like his party’s want to be the party for the working people. They are not making work pay, only making the workers pay. These liars need to be held to account for what they are doing.

Was the Lords standing up for the people really ‘unconstitutional’?

Yesterday’s defiance by the House of Lords against the tax credit cuts was a triumph for democracy. But it was also a bit of a failure. THe fact that we have to rely on an unelected house to stand up for the working people in our society is quite bad. However, the Lords seem to have been very courageous in defeating the government knowing the implications that were threatened by Osbourne and Cameron before the votes. The lords used to be the Tory heartland, but now it seems to be their undoing. The Conservatives are in shock that such a thing could have happened to their plans. They are in disarray, they don’t know what to do. So they try to make the Lords’ choice to oppose these rancid views illegitimate. Their way of doing this is by calling the decision ‘unconstitutional’. But is the defeat of the government really ‘unconstitutional’?

Firstly, we need to look in how this bill was put forward. The bill was pushed through as a ‘statutory institute’. This is essentially a way of Governments getting policies through quickly and usually quite easily. However, a statutory instrument also has every right to be stipulated over by the Lords. There were other options that would have allowed the Government to implement their plans without the Lords’ stipulation, but they would have taken time. The Government could have introduced these policies through an act, or they could have put it into the budget. If they had done this, then they would have sidestepped the Lords, but it would have to have gone through the legislative back and forth in the commons and elsewhere that acts usually do. However, the government chose to put it through as a statutory instrument, they knew the risks, and now they have to deal with those said risks.

This highlights the Conservatives sheer deception on this matter. They knew that they were going to do this right from the start. THey knew that they had lied when Michael Gove and David Cameron said specifically that they would not do this. The only way that this would get through in their eyes was if it was done under the nose of the public, in a fast and easy way. The statutory institute provides this fast and easy way, and they had no other reason to pose these cuts this way other than to implement it as quick as they can, to try to do it under our noses. The real constitutional crisis was that the government was allowed to let a policy that was not in their manifesto through the commons.

The Clerks of parliament have also said that there is nothing unconstitutional about the amendments voted for yesterday by the peers. The clerks being the people who actually know what the constitution is, not the politicians who are crying wolf over this. Even the speaker of the commons came out today and said that there was no unconstitutional activity in these amendments, and that it is just people’s personal opinions that are against them. Should we rely on the government for our facts on the constitution, serial lairs and deceivers? Or should we alternative rely on the people whose job it is to decide what is and is not constitutional, and do not have a ulterior motive in politics?

Whatever happens now, whatever the Tories do to punish the peers who stood up for the most vulnerable in our society, we need to stand by the Lords. As hard as it is for me to say, but without them, people would be in absolute destitution and would have suffered at the hands of the Tory government we have now. What is unconstitutional is the fact that the Lords will be punished for doing exactly what they are there for. WHy else would the bill have been put through the lords if they did not have a choice on the matter?

Yesterday was a victory for the people. However, we should not gloat, the Tories are still ready to cripple us, to destroy us, more so than before. We need to make sure that we carry on opposing them, not only in Westminster, but on social media, in the streets and through every medium we can. Let’s not pat ourselves on the back yet. We still have a few more years before we can do that.

The Lords now represent the working people? The irony!

The House of Lords is something i think we do not need, It is something i think is wrong, and does not reflect the public. They are an unelected chamber who have the ability to shape, change and reject bills that come from the commons. However, my thoughts on the Lords have been challenged today.

When watching the Commons debate the Tax credit cuts, i was given some hope for our political establishment, i saw Conservatives standing up for the working people, telling their own leaders that in putting this bill through, they were no longer ‘compassionate Conservatives’. I saw Labour doing what it should and speaking out against the injustice the Tories were putting on the poorest and most vulnerable. But, when the vote came in no Tory had voted against this bill, and even some Labour MPs abstained. I lost all hope in our political establishment. I lost all hope in how our politicians represent us. This bill was passed, and the only hope we had to destroy it, was the House of Lords.

The House of Lords have voted to send it right back to the government, marking a victory for all of us who want equality and justice in our country. The bill will not be able to be processed through within three years, meaning that this bill has been destroyed and the motions from the Labour lords have won.

In some ways this is tragic. What does it say of our establishment when it seems that the non-elected lords are standing up for the working people, where parliament is not? The government have failed, but it is not because of the PLP, it is because of the Lords. The lords debate on this bill was immensely interesting, with points being made from either side saying the truth about what this bill is. A punishment to the working families who do everything they are asked. A punishment that they told would never happen, a lie from the Tories that they used to deceive their way into power. These are things that I would expect from the commons, not necessarily the lords. It therefore seems to me that we have a massive problem within our system. The Government would have been able to implement this motion if it were not for the lords, an institution that I think should be destroyed. There is a massive irony in this.

However, looking on the bright side. The working families of Britain. The people who work hard and get little. The people who do all they can to get by, but are still scraping by. The people who stand up to injustice, inequality and fear. All these people have won today. We have won against the Government. We have won against the Labour abstainers. And we have won against Osbourne and Cameron. There was a crisis today, and it was not the constitutional one that the Tories were ranting about. There was a crisis in the fact that this bill – that would have destroyed people’s lives, people’s hope and people’s futures – was able to get so far. The government have been denied the ability to do this. But only because of an unelected house. Only because of something that most people think should be abolished spoke up.

It is a major victory for Labour too however. They now have successfully opposed the government, with help from many others. They are now the real opposition party and it is great. However, the PLP still had many MPs defy the Labour whip. They were still unable to block this from going through the commons. We need to see the PLP get into line, or we need some of them to be put out on the line. We need the PLP to realize that Jeremy is leader now, and changing that fact now will only lose you support, me being someone who would leave the party if this were to happen. Get yourself into line, because without a strong, united opposition, the Tories will win in 2020. Not because of Corbyn or McDonnell, but because of your inability to accept the fact that the people have spoken.

We may have received a victory from the lords, we may now have an opposition to the present government, but at what cost? The Tories are vindictive, malicious and vengeful people. They will not simply back down. They will never allow us to get away with this and we will be punished. We need to get ready. we need to prepare ourselves of four years of this punishment. We need to stand together in unity and solidarity to fight the tory rhetoric. We have established ourselves as an oposing force to the tory agenda of fear, hate and social divide, now let’s carry on opposing.

Why I chose Labour; And maybe why you should too

I have recently joined the Labour party after the victory of Jeremy Corbyn. I had before this been a Green party supporter, but wanted to support labour. I had been brought up in a very strong Labour household, but what my family had said Labour stood for (or used to stand for), was not what I saw. I saw a party that appeared not to be the party that puts the workers before the rich, but a more moderate version of the Conservatives. I did like a few of Labour’s policies, the plan to get rid of zero hours contracts being one of their more admirable ideas. However, I felt like they did not represent me, they did not put my needs, and the needs if the people around me, at the centre of their campaign. The Greens were the only option, they really represented what I stood for, what I thought was the way our country should be run. They represented equality, kindness and hope, whereas the Conservatives and Labour provided austerity, lies and fear. This vision that my family had portrayed to me about Labour did not mirror what I saw as the Labour party before May 2015.

I may have been brought up in a very politically biased environment, but I have made my own decision on what I think the purpose of politics should be. And to me, that is equality and justice. Very subjective words but when I look around at the society today, I see inequalities that are totally despicable, I see the most vulnerable being made even poorer and the richest being rewarded. I see a gender pay gap that is just unfathomable to me. And I see growing tensions between countries, cultures, races and religions. I, therefore, looked for a party that would do the best job at destroying inequality and making sure that our society was a society for us all to be proud of. Labour did not offer this prospect.

Politics seemed to be a game for some. A way that they could play about with people’s lives, help their friends and influence people. A game that was only played by the establishment. I saw this as a major problem that our society had to deal with. When listening to speeches from the Conservatives, I was once reduced to tears by how much they were allowed to do, How much they want to do, and how much they will do if they are not stopped. I, myself am not well-off, but I am not less-off. I have the privilege of growing up in a house that my parent’s own, with no debts and stable jobs. It is a privilege that I try not to take for granted. When I see people who do not have these privileges and will never be able to have these privileges, I see a failing government. A failing system that only seeks to harm these people, not help them. The Conservative policies have destroyed people’s lives, people’s hopes, and their futures. I needed something that stood against this, that stood for equality and wanted social justice. Labour never offered this.

When the election results came in, I was devastated. I was in shock. I saw a country that was about to be broken, that was about to be stretched to its limits. I saw a society where the inequalities will only widen and the lies will only increase. I lost hope in our country, and I lost hope in politics. I distanced myself from politics from then, thinking that there is nothing we can do now. Thinking that the country had made the worst decision for a generation. I think we all knew what was to follow the election of a Tory majority government, class war. I swore to myself that as soon as I could, I would leave the country and get out while I still can.

My disillusion from politics did not last for long however. One day, when reading the Guardian, I heard that there was someone emerging from the Labour leadership race. Someone who represented something very rare in politics. Equality, justice, kindness and hope. His name was Jeremy Corbyn.

After this, I became absolutely galvanised by him, he was something different. He was a change that I thought the country needed. A change for the good, a change for hope and a change for some real opposition. I followed what he was saying and what he was planning. I listened to every speech I could. I even learned ‘The Red Flag’. I was now what people like to call, a Corbynite.

When Corbyn won the leadership, again, I became very teary. I saw something. Something I did not understand, but I was excited for. Something I was scared of, but I knew we needed. I saw the start of something. The start of change. Politics was no longer dominated by the rich playing games with the poor, it had a man who tries to stick up for the poorest and most vulnerable. I have been a member of the Labour party ever since and I never will regret this choice.

Now politics is something i see as a force that can be used for good. A force that can allow us all to prosper. A force that will only work, if we all get behind it. Corbyn is representing hope instead of fear, the many instead of the few and equality instead of injustice. He is a man who does not uses lies as a political tool, does not use spin and does not take any bait from the media. He is principled, determined and is an inspiration to all of Britain.

However, people are still living in vile conditions. People still do not have the privileges that I, and many others take for granted. They are still being hit by the Tory ideology, they are still in need of a real change. We need everyone and anyone who agrees in equality, justice, hope and kindness, to join us. To join us in a battle that will define a generation. A battle of ideologies of hope against the ideology of fear. A battle of straight-talk instead of spin. A battle of the many against the few.

We need you to join us against the Tories. We need to show them that they do not represent us. We need more members, we need more support, we need more help. It is going to be hard to fight the establishment, but they are already scared. Should we split in the face of our oppressors? Or should we stand together in a show of strength, kindness and hope, to fight the cuts, to fight the inequality, and to fight the ideology of spin and fear? We need you to join us. Because without your backing, Labour can never survive.