Fooled by Labour

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Aye­sha Hazarika is right to chal­lenge Jeremy Cor­byn’s poli­cies (Per­spec­tive, 26 July). The tar­get­ing of Snp-held seats will not help him win a West­min­ster ma­jor­ity as the Tories still have 20 seats more than Labour and SNP com­bined.

Many stu­dents were fooled by Cor­byn’s elec­tion prom­ise to scrap the tu­ition fees in Eng­land that Labour in­tro­duced – in Wales Labour have just in­creased them – and by the pledge to wipe off stu­dent debts, which Labour now says is merely “look­ing at ways that we could re­duce” the bur­den. Also, Labour politi­cians have con­sis­tently op­posed de­volv­ing tax cred­its, the min­i­mum wage and em­ploy­ment rights, as well as any mean­ing­ful eco­nomic pow­ers.

Like back­ing the re­newal of Tri­dent nu­clear weapons, Cor­byn’s con­tin­ued sup­port of a hard Brexit will not go down well with young vot­ers who cur­rently en­joy free­dom of move­ment in Europe and cheaper roam­ing charges.

Jeremy Cor­byn’s com­ments that his party would leave the sin­gle mar­ket so as to end “whole­sale im­por­ta­tion of un­der­paid work­ers from cen­tral Europe” is straight out of Ukip’s hymn book.

The same BBC in­ter­view ex­posed Cor­byn’s ig­no­rance of the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Area, that in­cludes Nor­way, Ice­land and Licht­en­stein, whereby you can be a mem­ber of the sin­gle mar­ket but not in the EU, which is the so­lu­tion Ni­cola Stur­geon pro­posed to pro­tect Scot­land’s post-brexit po­si­tion and safe­guard Ed­in­burgh’s univer­sity and fi­nan­cial sec­tors. But then, Theresa May isn’t lis­ten­ing to the will of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment or the ma­jor­ity of Scot­tish vot­ers.

MARY THOMAS Wat­son Cres­cent, Ed­in­burgh

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