Sunday, 26 July 2015

Jeremy Corbyn

It was 70 years ago today that Clement Attlee became the Prime Minister. His post-war reforming Labour government would create the NHS and forge the Welfare state. I know that I am not alone in wanting The Labour Party to go back to being The Labour Party. And I believe the one person who has the potential to be Labour's best leader since Mr Attlee is Jeremy Corbyn. In the last few days J.C. has been attacked by Blair, Blunket & Harman and newspapers such as The Sun have been throwing as much mud at him as they possibly can. Here are a few recent quotes both from Jeremy and from some of his supporters. If you agree please share and spread the word. And, if any of you are saying it's ridiculous to believe Jeremy can become our Prime Minister please remember the words of Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Jeremy Corbyn: "Education is not about personal advancement but is a collective good that benefits our society and our economy. I want to apologise on behalf of the Labour Party to the last generation of students for the imposition of fees, top-up fees and the replacement of grants with loans by previous Labour governments. I opposed those changes at the time - as did many others - and now we have an opportunity to change course."
Billy Bragg: "Tony Blair's comments about Jeremy Corbyn are plain crazy. He attacks the left for preferring principles to power, then says he'd rather lose an election than win on a left platform. Meanwhile both Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall stated they would not work with Corbyn if he were elected leader. What does that say about democracy within the Labour Party? Corbyn is the kind of politician that the public have been looking for: plain speaking, doesn't have his snout in the trough, holds on to his principles. He's fast becoming the anti-Westminster candidate. And there are plenty of people out there who'd like to give the Westminster elite a good kicking - including some who haven't bothered to vote since politics lost its heart and became merely about managing the economy."
Ken Livingstone: "Thirty years ago when it was a choice between Michael Foot and Denis Healey [to become Labour leader], I loved Michael Foot, I agreed with him, but I didn't think he could win and I supported Denis Healey.If I didn't think Jeremy could win, I wouldn't be backing him. But just the way people stop me on the street, he has electrified this campaign."
Charlotte Church: "The inverse of Nigel Farage, he appears to be a cool-headed, honest, considerate man, one of the few modern politicians who doesn't seem to have been trained in neuro-linguistic programming, unconflicted in his political views, and abstemious in his daily life. He is one of the only politicians of note that seems to truly recognise the dire inequality that exists in this country today and actually have a problem with it. There is something inherently virtuous about him, and that is a quality that can rally the support of a lot of people, and most importantly, a lot of young people. With the big three zero on the horizon for me, I don't know if I still count as a 'young person"'. What I can say is that for the first time in my adult life there is a politician from a mainstream party who shares my views and those of most people I know, and also has a chance of actually doing something to create a shift in the paradigm, from corporate puppetry to conscientious societal representation."

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