Cor­byn of­fers hope and a fairer fu­ture

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

The Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party has been in what can only be de­scribed as a cri­sis of re­cent. It has strug­gled to unite around which di­rec­tion the party needs to go and in­deed who should lead it there.

It is well doc­u­mented the Par­lia­men­tary Labour Party have re­sisted the elec­tion of Jeremy Cor­byn as leader and that they at­tempted a coup to over­throw him which sub­se­quently failed. It’s also clear the mem­bers gave Jeremy a re­sound­ing man­date to lead our party less than a year ago.

It is re­gret­table we now find our­selves in the process of hav­ing to de­cide again so soon. We de­fine our­selves as a demo­cratic party with the pay­ing mem­ber­ship en­trusted to de­cide who leads us, so it has been a huge dis­ap­point­ment to me that many of our elected par­lia­men­tary rep­re­sen­ta­tives have shown scant re­gard for that demo­cratic will.

Per­son­ally, I’ve found the whole de­ba­cle to be an ex­er­cise in navel gaz­ing at a time when the peo­ple who need us to be united in op­po­si­tion with a view to gov­ern are be­ing let down, so it’s no sur­prise to me that we find our­selves trail­ing in the polls and de­servedly so.

I’ve made no se­cret of the fact that I sup­ported and will con­tinue to sup­port Jeremy Cor­byn to lead our party and I’ll make it clear why.

The past 30 or so years has seen a po­lit­i­cal ex­per­i­ment which be­gan un­der the Thatcher and Rea­gan gov­ern­ments of the 1980’s known as ne­olib­er­al­ism. The idea was to dereg­u­late economies free­ing them for di­rect for­eign in­vest­ment al­low­ing the easy move­ment of cap­i­tal; pri­vati­sa­tion of pub­li­cally owned as­sets and there­fore a re­duc­tion in the state.

It can­not be de­nied this re­sulted in grow­ing economies, but it also re­sulted in grow­ing lev­els of in­equal­ity as the wealth­i­est in so­ci­ety were best placed to reap the re­wards of such growth, al­low­ing the di­vide be­tween rich and poor to widen leav­ing many left be­hind.

Glob­al­i­sa­tion al­lowed com­pa­nies to move their business abroad or ‘off­shore’ in search of cheaper labour and once thriv­ing com­mu­ni­ties in the UK saw in­dus­try which was once the back­bone of our econ­omy de­cline along with their job prospects and liv­ing stan­dards.

Re­duc­ing the size of the state was to in­crease com­pe­ti­tion lead­ing to re­duced bills for the con­sumer which has not ma­te­ri­alised as ev­i­denced in ever ris­ing pub­lic transport and en­ergy prices.

Re­cently, a study re­ported that com­pany bosses are now earn­ing around 140 times the wage of the low­est paid in their com­pa­nies. We hear much about as­pi­ra­tion but, in the cur­rent cli­mate, as­pir­ing to af­ford a roof over your head and feed your fam­ily is dif­fi­cult enough for so many in so­ci­ety.

Jeremy Cor­byn has pledged to re­bal­ance our econ­omy in favour of work­ing peo­ple. At a time when trust in politi­cians is at an all­time low, it is this mes­sage that has pro­vided hope and en­thused hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple to join the Labour Party, to fight for his vi­sion of a fairer fu­ture.

It is my firm be­lief that the peo­ple of Peter­bor­ough would ben­e­fit from this fairer fu­ture and that’s why I am sup­port­ing Jeremy Cor­byn.

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