It’s beginning to finally dawn on some opponents of Jeremy Corbyn that he cannot be bullied, or humiliated out of his position. Whatever is the motive for such an attempt, it is clear that he has tremendous staying power. It’s all because he believes in what he does and says, means what he says. Tony Benn would describe Jeremy Corbyn as a signpost and not a weathercock, which is what is required in a leader. Much of his appeal is his indefatigable energy, his integrity, and principled approach to politics. There is the man. He cannot be bought, which, considering decades of lobbyists, multi-national corporations is a breath of fresh air, and explains much of his appeal.
But it is more than that. Claims of “a cult” arise because Corbyn’s critics have been taken aback, no doubt because in their Westminster bubble. In the past influence has been achieved by dubious forces and pressures, rather than convincing arguments, and a never wavering sense of justice.
The five ills of modern society are identified as inequality, neglect, insecurity, prejudice, and discrimination. Social division, homelessness, poverty, greed, homelessness, loneliness, racism and hatred will flourish where these ills are not addressed, while people turn to each other to blame. It is not just when so many have little or nothing in a modern, technological society in which we all have a stake.
The main reason Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership has seen party membership double, new generations engaged in politics, is because he, and his team have the policies that ordinary people are crying out for. They need homes, and jobs, aspire to learn skills and see their children thrive. Whole generations have grown up since Labour’s National Health Service was introduced, since higher education was supported by maintenance grants, without demanding fees. Times of full employment are forgotten among lies of we can’t afford everyone to have a job. The fear of unemployment is about control.
In reality of course we can afford jobs for all who can work. They is so much work to be done to build the infrastructure a thriving society needs, just as in 1945.
I hope the realisation penetrates the bubble in which the parliamentary wing of the Labour Party reside, because they stood for parliaments as Labour representatives, with funding, support, and efforts of the rest of the Labour Party who overwhelmingly support these policies, and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. They must stand alongside Labour members and get behind our leader.
We have a programme to present, popular policies which will bring a transformation to Britain and build a society, not divided by hatred and envy, but united by mutual respect, admiration , and an acknowledgement of the interdependence which successfully functioning society rely on.
No longer puppets of banks and corporations, we are talking people powered politics and have the policies to deliver it.
Corbyn’s ten Labour pledges to transform the UK.
AN ECONOMY WHICH WORKS FOR ALL
We will create a million good quality jobs across our regions and nations and guarantee a decent job for all. By investing £500 billion in infrastructure, manufacturing and new industries through a publicly-owned National Investment Bank and regional banks we will build a high skilled, high tech, low carbon economy that ends austerity and leaves no community behind. We will invest in the high speed broadband, energy, transport and homes that our country needs and allows good businesses to thrive, and support a new generation of co-operative enterprises.
SECURE HOMES FOR ALL
We will build a million new homes in five years, half of them council homes through our public investment strategy. We will end insecurity for private renters by introducing rent controls, secure tenancies and a charter of private tenants’ rights, and increase access to affordable home ownership.
SECURITY AT WORK
We will give people stronger employment rights from day one in a job, end exploitative zero hours contracts and create new collective bargaining rights, including mandatory collective bargaining for companies with 250 or more employees. We will create new employment and trade union rights to bring security to the workplace and win better pay and conditions for everyone. We will strengthen working people’s representation at work and the ability of trade unions to organise so that working people have a real voice at work.
SECURE OUR NHS AND SOCIAL CARE
We will end health service privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly-provided NHS. We will integrate the NHS and social care for older and disabled people, funding dignity across the board.
A FREE NATIONAL EDUCATION SERVICE
We will build a new National Education Service, open to all from throughout their lives. We will create universal public childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market. We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training.
ACTION TO SECURE OUR ENVIRONMENT
We will act to protect the future of our planet, with social justice at the heart of our environment policies, and meet the Paris C20 climate change targets. We will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy; and drive the expansion the green industries and jobs of the future, using our National Investment Bank to invest in public and community-owned renewable energy. We will deliver cleaner, cheaper energy for households for the 60 million, not the big 6 energy companies.
DEMOCRACY IN OUR ECONOMY
We will rebuild public services and expand democratic participation, put the public back into our economy, give people a real say in their local communities, and increase local and regional democracy. We will rebuild our economy with public investment to deliver wealth for all, across our regions and nations in a genuinely mixed economy. We will act to ‘insource’ our public and local council services, increase access to leisure, arts and sports across the country and expand our publicly- controlled bus network. We will make our railways publicly owned and build democratic social control over our energy.
CUT INCOME AND WEALTH INEQUALITY
We will build a progressive tax system so that wealth and the highest earnings are fairly taxed, act against executive pay excess and shrink the gap between the highest and lowest paid – FTSE 100 CEOs are now paid 183 times the wage of the average UK worker and Britain’s wages are the most unequal in Europe. We will act to create a more equal society, boost the incomes of the poorest and close the gender pay gap.
ACT TO END PREJUDICE AND INJUSTICE
We will ensure that the human rights of all citizens are respected and all are protected from discrimination and prejudice. We will take action to tackle violence against women and girls, racism and discrimination on the basis of faith, and secure real equality for LGBT and disabled people. We will guarantee full rights for EU citizens living and working in Britain – and not allow them to be used as pawns in Brexit negotiations.
STRIVE FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE ABROAD
We will put conflict resolution and human rights at the heart of foreign policy, commit to working through the United Nations, end support for aggressive wars of intervention and back effective action to alleviate the refugee crisis. British foreign policy has long failed to be either truly independent or internationally co-operative, making the country less safe and reducing our diplomatic and moral authority. We will build human rights and social justice into trade policy, honour our international treaty obligations on nuclear disarmament and encourage others to do the same.
I am convinced that together the Labour movement can once again oversee a return to a fairer society under socialist policies. Because, like Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party will not be bough by big business. With half a million members, more than any other party in Britain, we will work for what is right and just. We have the policies, we have the leader. We have a talented team, and together, we will achieve our aim.