I used to be a member of the Labour Party back in the early nineties, and I campaigned with Nick Raynsford in the 1992 general election in Greenwich where I was living at the time. When Labour lost that election I went to live in Italy, declaring that I would not return to Britain until there was a Labour government, which is what I did. However, this New Labour Party that I found on my return to the UK was unrecognisable, and although I continued to vote labour, I didn’t really identify with them as I had in the past. That all changed with the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, and I am now proud to be a member of the party once more. So why am I so excited about Jeremy Corbyn?
- He wants to tackle the deficit by investing in Britain and growing the economy, rather than stifling growth through cuts and austerity.
- He believes in renationalisation of the railways and the energy companies. These should not be run to make profits for individuals, but should be run by the government for the people.
- He would scrap university tuition fees so that young people can once more get an education without saddling themselves with tens of thousands of pounds of debt. Education should not be an investment that an individual makes for their own personal gain but an investment that the government makes in its people so that they can be an asset to society.
- He would bring academies and free schools back under the control of local authorities rather than private companies with their own agendas.
- He would introduce rent controls. This would mean that people have more money in their pockets to spend in the economy. It would also mean that landlords would not be so quick to buy up all the properties, pushing up house prices out of the reach of ordinary families. Rent control would reduce the amount that tax payers have to pay to private landlords in housing benefit.
- He would build more much-needed council houses.
- He rides a bicycle.
- He supports a national maximum wage. This would help to close the widening gap between the richest and the poorest.
- He wants an end to private involvement in the NHS.
- He has integrity. I am tired of the lies and the nastiness of our current government.
Some say he is unelectable. But people originally said he’d never get enough nominations to run for leader. Then they said he’d never win the leadership election. He will prove them wrong again.