Warning: Tory sympathisers should look away now. If you do happen to consider yourself a Conservative, you should probably look in the mirror. Then look at the current UK government. Back to the mirror. Now look at the living standards of the general population. Back to mirror. Got it? Good.
Maybe I’m being harsh. Maybe I’m just another uneducated liberal. Maybe I’m a frustrated member of the working class who wants to be taken seriously by those who were ‘democratically’ voted into government.
That’s right. I put quotation marks around democratically. No, I’m not a conspiracy theorist but stay with me.
It’s hard to believe that people voted in the Tories out of free will. My own opinion is that the Tories gained their seats through fear. That people voted out of free fear. And I’m not alone in believing that manipulation and scare tactics are the driving forces behind Westminster. Because as long as modern day propaganda continues to persecute the vulnerable; the immigrants looking for a better life, the refugees fleeing war, the outcasts of our own society, like the disabled and LGBT+ community, we cannot be free from fear.
What we need is to be brave, but to be brave means standing together. And if you’re aware of our current political climate, you’ll know that nowhere in the United Kingdom stands united.
No one was more disappointed than I when Scotland voted No in the independence referendum. True, I am not Scottish, wasn’t even eligible to vote in the referendum, and if I’m being truthful, I’ve only seen half of Braveheart. The first half, mind you. So my desire for an Independent Scotland derives from my own unapologetic nationalism. Norn Iron Represent. And while it’s true that nationalism and unionism managed to divide Scotland into two camps during the months leading up to the vote, nowhere in the UK has seen the extremes people will go to as a result of political affiliations like Northern Ireland. We’ve had quite a hard time sorting ourselves out. Very troublesome indeed.
So with the rise of the SNP, the collapse of Stormont and David Cameron’s indiscretions with farmyard animals, it’s looking like the union is on shaky ground. And shakiness means that changes need to be made, that change is coming. And after the disappointment of the No Vote, the horror that the Conservatives were forming a majority government, the sorrow at realising you’ll never hear Ed Miliband stumble about his toughness ever again; we need a light to come out of the darkness. And personally, I thought that light had been delivered to us in the form of the cherub that is Jeremy Corbyn.
He’s a self-described democratic socialist. He wants to get rid of university fees. He’s a vegetarian who campaigns against poverty and wants to renationalise British railways. He’s a member of Amnesty International, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. He’s the new leader for the Labour Party and probably rescues kittens from drowning on the weekends. He thinks you still look great with the extra 5lbs and if he was 50 years younger, I’d bring him home to meet my mother.
Unfortunately, he’s being ripped to pieces by the right-wing media. Cameron’s good ‘aul pal Murdoch owns a good percentage of the media and sadly for Corbyn, they’re determined to bring him back down to size. Not that Corbyn is doing any favours for himself now. But let’s not get into that. I’m still scarred from the Daily Mail articles.
But what is important is that there is finally a leader who genuinely cares about the people he represents. Jeremy Corbyn isn’t perfect. Neither is Labour, or then SNP, or (and I am reluctant to admit this) Nicola Sturgeon. But they are trying. And held up against David Cameron, who introduces a scheme to bring in refugee orphans and children, only for a Minster in the House of Lords to admit that these children will be deported when they reach 18; they all look positively saintly. And let’s not forget. Corbyn’s odds were against him in the race to become the new face of the Labour Party. Let’s not cast him aside quite so soon.
So, comrades, I urge you to go out and spread the good news. Because with a hairline receding that fast, Cameron isn’t going to last long. And when he does go, hopefully he takes the Tory government with him. Our time is almost here. And when it comes, I’ve already claimed I’m Sturgeon’s Second in Command. If she’s busy, Corbyn will most definitely do.