So it’s the UK’s general election on Thursday and it’s hugely important. I’m going to tell you why I’m voting Labour. So it’s the UK’s general election on Thursday and it’s hugely important. I’m going to tell you why I’m voting Labour.
This may take a while.
All elections are important but this feels more so, with social services in trouble, Brexit looming, & a culture where persona trumps policy. We’re at a point where genuine societal change IS possible and with an audience of over 100k I feel it’s my duty to try & talk about it.
Some of you will reflexively think “Stay out of politics, stick to wrestling” No. I won’t. How dare you. I’m a member of a society and, for this week, politics is much more important than anything else.
So first of all, why am I voting Labour?
The way the election’s been handled by the press and the party leaders, you’d assume it’s because I love Corbyn right? Because that’s all the election coverage has been about. May vs Corbyn, strength vs weakness. So I love me some beta male, right? Well, it’s not about that. Sure, I think Corbyn’s a decent, principled man who exhibits a dignity and measured articulation. That’s becoming increasingly rare in a time where people would rather their leaders be vengeful than smart.
And sure, I hate Theresa May, for her terrible voting record on LGBT rights, arrogance in creating a rushed, un-costed manifesto, her repeated hypocritical 180-degree u-turns, and pathetic attempts to create a persona of strength and stability for herself, when she’s too cowardly to debate her policies and sends a colleague who’s just lost her father to do it instead.
In a simplistic movieland election, that’s all you need – bumbling but earnestly good man who lives in a shed vs dead-eyed robotic hawk.
A hawk who bursts into fits of terrified giggles whenever she’s confronted by a human.
We have the opportunity to elect a man whose voting record has been on the right side of history every step of his career and most importantly, he didn’t really want to be leader. Douglas Adams once said “it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.”
BUT BUT BUT, to think of it in terms of personality is to be simplistic, and precisely how the biased media want you to see it. I’m voting the only way that makes sense to me: on the policies. In terms of their manifestoes, it’s a shockingly uneven playing field.
Labour has put together one of the best manifestoes in recent political history, one with a specific ethos: we all pitch in to make a better community. The Conservative manifesto is, by contrast, one of the worst, most amateurish in recent history.
Mean-spirited to the core, un-costed, nakedly courting biased tabloids, & seeking to exploit all the most vulnerable members of society: the poor, the homeless, the elderly, the infirm, the foxes, the young.
Labour’s manifesto is actually trying to enact sweeping and lasting change not just because it wants our public services nationalised, so that they’re run to serve the people rather than shareholders.
They want to immediately build 4,000 more homes for people sleeping rough and reverse housing and tenancy policies that make it prohibitively expensive for the young to get on the property ladder.
Labour wants to make not just university education, but quality education available to EVERYONE. That is huge. It means that education will not slide further into being the privilege of those who can afford it. That’s a giant step for the long-term levelling of the societal playing field.
If, under the tories, higher education becomes more and more expensive, more and more the refuge of the affluence, we’re just entrenching established, and in some cases, deeply prejudiced traditions. Labour wants things you’d be overcharged for if everything was privatised – like energy for your home, healthcare, slipshod rail and postal services…They want them to be owned by the people, accountable to you, so that you can afford basic social necessities as a right, not a privilege.
Even before Theresa May claimed ‘enough was enough’ about extremism, labour announced they’d put 10,000 more police on the street The police that were taken off the streets by the tories and their unending austerity measures.
Now the NHS. God I love the NHS so much, unlike the tories who have defunded the NHS to the point where its in crisis, so that people will lose faith in it and accept privatisation. Labour recognises the NHS as one of the few things that we can be really proud of in this country. I am genuinely worried that with 5 more years of Tories, the NHS will not survive, which means that people will not survive.
I have a friend that, for the last few years, has suffered from an exceptionally rare cancer thats been unpredictable and tenacious. It is the sort of thing you cannot plan for. Without the NHS, my friend would be dead. Labour are going to protect the NHS with 30 billion pounds raised by taxing the top 5% of earners.
Those who can afford it, helping those that can’t. That’s so blindingly fair and reasonable and kind and just.
And these policies are the fundamental difference between the tory and the labour mindset, that has resolutely given my vote to labour.
Are all the labour policies perfect? Of course not. Are there risks of corporations selfishly moving offshore to avoid tax? Yes.
But within Tory cuts putting hospitals, prisons, mental health services, care, housing, schools all into crisis…I know what feels bloody riskier to me!
Everything I’ve seen from the conservative policies promotes short-term self-interest. Lower taxes right now, but never mind about infrastructure. Attractive policies for businesses like zero-hour contracts and encouraging unpaid internships, which further penalises the nation’s youth and makes the upper-end job market even more a refuge of the already-wealthy
Can’t afford your care bill, say the tories? Easy, you can leverage your home! You worried about losing the home that you wanted to pass onto your children who can’t afford to buy because of lax landlord regulations? Doesn’t matter, quick fix!
Labour have forged policies that are looking to make Britain stable long-term by providing a safety net of stronger infrastructure, fairer regulations, and better-funded social services so that when the awful unforeseen stuff happens, everyone else has your back.
That is the meaning of society to me.
The idea that anyone can see the appalling state of youth mental health services, NHS nurses going to food banks, the cuts to schools, the unsafe reduction of policemen on the street… that anyone can see those things and moan because Labour means ‘More Taxes’ is fundamentally saying, “I’ll take care of what affects me, you take care of what affects you.”
That is not human behaviour to be proud of.
So that’s why I’m voting labour. Before I go, I just want to examine why people might, after all this, still want to vote Conservative.
First, the media has been destroying Corbyn for years as ‘unelectable’. Well that’s just transparent bias. And that’s not a conspiracy theory, we’ve seen actually footage of people in BBC interviews revealing that producers have told them ‘not to go too hard on the tories’. We’ve seen Paxman harangue Corbyn, but allow Theresa May free license to dodge questions.
We’ve seen tabloids wilfully mislead the public about labour’s policies, how much extra tax families would owe etc etc. Why? Well the tabloids do it because the conservatives, in their manifesto, have promised to scrap the next stage of the Leveson Inquiry. You know, that thing that was investigating the ethics of the press after all the phone hacking. You know, the thing the press is terrified of?
Also, the BBC is terrified of the tories, and believe that they’ll be punished with further cuts once they ‘inevitably’ win so are playing it safe. The bias is there to be seen and it’s disgusting how much bile is being heaped on an ethical manifesto out of naked self-interest. Don’t fall for it.
Why else would people vote May? Brexit is coming, right, and we need strong Theresa leading the negotiations, rather than weak Jeremy?
Is this the same negotiator who can’t even defend her policies in a debate? Who backs down whenever one of her ugly policies is seized upon by the public? That’s so bullish and arrogant that she accused the Police Federation of crying wolf over the effect of policing cuts, but now ‘enough is enough’? You trust her to create a good deal for Britain, rather than adhere to populist soundbites that sounds catchy, but mean nothing?
With Macron elected, the EU is more stable now than it was a few months ago. It’s more likely now that, with the union less likely to topple like dominoes, that a reasonable deal can be struck over the UK’s exit. For that you need a non-compromised even-handed figurehead. Corbyn can be that.
May’s swaggering macho nonsense of ‘No Deal is better than a bad deal’ proves that she cares more about PR than actual workable solutions. No deal is DEFINITELY not better than a bad deal, what a mental thing to suggest. Read this and be terrified: http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2017/05/no-theresa-may-no-brexit-deal-whole-lot-worse-bad-brexit-deal
So why else would people vote May? Self-interest seems all that’s left, and to me the argument falls flat. Rich people get to keep more of their money, sure. Corporations don’t have to see corporate tax law reforms that would require them to pay their fair share back into the economy, sure. Small business owners get to keep on exploiting employees with zero hours contracts, a low minimum wage way below a living wage, sure.
But none of this provides actual security. With May at the helm, another recession is likely coming, and that could affect you in untold ways. Your business might go under, your investments might tank, you might get sick with an incredibly rare cancer and be forced to take two years off work. You just don’t know.
In terms of self-interest, doesn’t it just make more sense to vote for a party who’s looking to reshape society to provide security for everyone, rich and poor? A party who’s looking to create safety nets in every aspect of the community, to make future generations stronger, safer, and protect against the unforeseen?
That’s why I’m voting Labour on Thursday 8th June. I humbly ask you to do the same.
I can’t tell you how to vote, but I hope you’ll consider what I’ve said. And please please PLEASE… VOTE.
Please vote, young or old, this election has the potential to hang on a knife edge and your vote MATTERS.
The parties are incredibly different, they will affect you in HUGELY different ways
Please take responsibility for your own life x