So this is not my normal topic of choice, but living in the UK (which might end up being just a K soon) you can’t avoid the debate of the decade and that is Brexit and of course lately the General Election of 2019.
This is indeed a weird time in politics where propaganda and lies seem to make no difference to public perception or indeed the voting tendencies of people.
Various news, media and online outlets aren’t even making an effort in curtailing the spread of dis-information to the extent that it’s now become normal and trying to wade through it and pick out the reality amongst the blurb. It seems that the position of protecting free speech is becoming untenable since the vast technological power of social media platforms has a way of amplifying these messages beyond all comprehension.
Anyways, I’m coming at this as an annoyed remainer who has in the past voted for Labour, Tories and Lib Dem, and possibly I believe once for Greens. The analysts would call me a swing voter, someone who decides based on the current environment and manifesto promises being made. What angers me the most is Jeremy Corbyn. Just at the beginning of summer, in fact backtrack to a couple of years ago when Theresa May became Prime Minister, I actually joined the Conservative Party then so that I could cast my vote against Boris. His model of the world and ideas around Brexit disgusted me and I figured if there’s anything I could do to vote against him I would.
As a member of the Tory party I did just that, but it didn’t matter as he still rose to become the leader and now he’s even won a massive majority in the GE2019. That I though was the biscuit, but now thinking and dissecting what’s come to pass (because remaining in the EU is defo over now), I very quickly realised that most of this mess could have been prevented had the Labour Party chosen a different leader to JC.
Corbyn has single-handedly given power to Boris for 10+ years of Conservative government, and it was been his policies that have put off the general public from voting for him, and turned the most hardcore Labour voters into Tory voters. That is the most damning indictment of a leader you could possibly get.
How is it possible to lose this election when your opponent is lying, won’t answer to scrutiny, has only ever demonstrated that he’s in it for Boris and no one else, nearly 10 years of austerity with NHS crippling at the knees (an NHS which a Labour Party created). It’s absolutely mind boggling. So why this rant came about is because I’ve seen JC’s “not even an apology” apology on Twitter and how everyone and everything else is to blame for the loss, apart from all those super leftwing ideas, which the pubic has very clearly rejected.
What is even more frustrating is that they are seemingly trying to line up another left wing MP to take over as leader of the Labour Party to keep pushing the same agenda.
THIS ISN’T GOING TO WIN MY VOTE
And, it isn’t going to win many others over too. They are heading for oblivion if that happens. No matter what you think of Tony Blair, he won 3 consecutive elections as Labour Leader which as a fact in itself has a lot of learning lessons to garner. He moved the Labour party towards a centre-left position and that spoke to so many people in the country.
Elections are always won in the centre, so unless you adopt a position that is trying to talk to the centre, there’s no way you’d win. The Tories won this time by a mile because most of the centre/centre-right wanted Brexit, and by tailoring the message as such, they could win over all the votes needed.
I’m no political expert, so these are all just my opinions. It’s likely if you’re a Corbynite you’ll be offended, but I’m speaking just as an ordinary voter who want’s to vote Labour but can’t and giving you my thoughts as to why.
The UK has historically had a lean towards Conservatism, but that doesn’t mean it can’t change for the better.
I feel like Labour, the Lib Dems and Greens should just merge into one mega party and kick the Tories out in the next GE. Show how a united front can achieve great things. If this country is always going to be a 2 party system, let’s build a better opposition.