Skip to main content

Jeremy Corbyn - Prime Minister-in-waiting

A clamorous applause greeted Jeremy Corbyn's closing speech at the Labour Conference in Brighton. And with very good reason.

Corbyn has been determined to prove his party is the one most in touch with the people and not only did he prove that yesterday (Wednesday) but he proved he is the 'leader-in-waiting'.

His speech read as the definitive guide to what this country needs to drag itself out of the quagmire it is currently in under the Tories and make it a place where the majority of society can thrive, not just the privileged few.

It is of course easy for the political party not in power to paint an idyllic picture of how they would run this country. But Jeremy's speech felt different. It wasn't simply the speech of the leader of the opposition party, it was the speech of a leader ready to step into the top job. It is Corbyn's time.

There are a number of reasons it feels like Jeremy is all set to be Britain's next Prime Minister – chiefly that history tells us so.

His political plan does not consist of just a few tweaks to the current status quo. Jeremy is calling for a complete overhaul of the political system. This is what Labour's Clement Attlee and Tory Margaret Thatcher both successfully called for before him.

But there was something else – a catalyst – which swayed the public away from a long reign of the opposing party. In Attlee's case he pledged to overturn a failed system which had brought about the Great Depression in the 1930's and a world war. Thatcher spoke out to voters with her claims politics had become a 'social ratchet' - her catalyst for change being a global oil crisis.

For Jeremy it is the failed attempt by the Conservatives to rectify the damage of the 2008 crash – his catalyst, the stark monument which is the burnt out Grenfell Tower.

Jeremy referred to the Grenfell Tower in Wednesday's speech in much the same way – in no uncertain words saying the tower stood as a 'tragic monument' of a society that prioritised profit over not only people's needs, but their lives.

Jeremy's political overhaul, though radical, is the common-sense argument after years of political bungling by the Tories. He is calling for an end to a country run by self-serving Conservative politicians pandering to the minority rich and big business. Instead Jeremy plans a 'new model of economic management' which will see an 'irreversible shift in the balance of power and wealth in favour of working people and their families'.

He is calling for a new wave of devolution – placing a far greater share of the power back in the hands of the people. Making public services accountable to communities, businesses accountable to the public and politicians accountable to who they serve.

No wonder Jeremy received such a rapturous applause. He has risen from oddball socialist politician winning the protest vote, to a strong leader we can count on to do what is best, and morally right, for this country.

To vote Tory is the equivalent of flushing your wage packet down the toilet each month unless you are in big business or a millionaire. If you are still in doubt, just look at the images of Grenfell Tower. That is what the Tories will do for you.


Popular posts from this blog

A Bake Off style icon and a feline emblem of women's emancipation

The world of British politics has been dominated by the wave of sexual allegations pouring out of Westminster this week. So much so, there has been hardly any talk of Brexit. Perhaps we have left. Has anyone noticed a lack of hummus on the shelves of Tesco? But I, rather unfeelingly, digress.
MPs across all political parties have received accusations of a sexual nature against them, ranging from inappropriate comments and misplaced hands to sexual assault and rape. Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to unite with all other party leaders next week to discuss what must be done to clamp down on this behaviour and deal with the current allegations appropriately.
Of course there have been numerous critics - those who believe we are in some way being unfair to male MPs by bringing these sexual transgressions to the fore. That a man will never be able to chat a woman up in a bar again if we persist in allowing yet another male-dominated area of society to be exposed as misogynistic and …

Older women are missing the point when they say millennials need to 'toughen up' in the face of sexual abuse

It takes a certain type of woman to come out during what can only be seen as a revolutionary time for women's rights and complain. But that is exactly what a number of older, prominent female figures have done since the sex scandal broke at Westminster and it leaves me puzzling, in the most colloquial of terms, 'whose side are they actually on'?
The pervasive idea amongst the women I refer to is that what is going on in the House of Commons as we speak is nothing but a moral panic led by the millennials. They claim that it all comes down to the younger women, who make up much of the MP's staff, not being tough enough to fend off the comments and misplaced hands of their bosses.
They further claim this is some kind of 'millennial revenge' by younger women who carry around with them a sense of disgust towards anyone over 40. Furthermore, they say, women of their generation had a far more robust attitude to men behaving badly, compared to the 'fragile' …

MP's vote on Brexit is a 'con', Johnson's apology a sop, but Theresa May's condemnation of Russia was a triumph

It has been called a 'staggering climbdown' by some but the truth of the matter is, the Government's 11th hour decision to allow Parliament a vote on the Brexit deal is just another example of Tory trickery.
David Davis, the Brexit Secretary, announced yesterday (Monday) that the final Brexit Withdrawal Bill would be presented to the House of Commons as an Act of Parliament which could be voted on in good time before we leave the European Union.
This was initially seen as a major victory on the part of Labour MPs and Tory rebels who have been calling for several months for Parliament to have their say on the Brexit deal. Davis had previously said there would not be an opportunity for MPs to vote as they anticipated work on the deal would be going on until the last minute before exiting.
But alas the devil is always in the detail and it quickly emerged that whilst MPs will be able to vote on the deal, they will not be able to have any say in the case of a no deal Brexit – …