Beth Greene says Jeremy Corbyn is a man of the people, understanding the issues we face day to day, and that is why Labour should unite around him.
My reasons for supporting Jeremy Corbyn go beyond the normal political themes of ending austerity, saving the NHS, and restoring public services. They go beyond tackling poverty and homelessness by creating industry and homes. Beyond acknowledging and dealing with the issues of disability and carers, and investing in mental health services. Beyond addressing the education issues ensuring every child has equal opportunity.
My support goes beyond improving race relations, forming better dialogue between religions, opposing wars and ending military activity supported by those who are not privy to facts and truths. It goes beyond nuclear disarmament, working with the international community of over 150 countries without nuclear weapons, using diplomatic procedures to encourage the 8 (minus the UK) countries with nuclear weapons to disarm. The world is changing rapidly, with increasing instability and growing confusion and fear everywhere. Poverty and inequality are global matters feeding divisions amongst populations.
Jeremy Corbyn is a man behind a growing movement mirrored round the world. A movement of people with different needs and expectations yet committed to one shared view. To address inequality and return power to the people. To restore balance to economies controlled and dictated to by big corporate capitalists.
The lure of Jeremy Corbyn, and my support of him, is simply that he is a man of the people understanding the issues we face day to day against this vicious cut throat world of big commerce.
No one is under the illusion that he can achieve everything, or that he can do it alone. What he achieves is dependent upon those standing beside him arguing the case for the people and being their voice, as they were elected to be.
Historians, political or otherwise, verify the dangers of free capitalism as opposed to a restrained form. It’s dismal that not all Labour MPs note the role capitalism plays in instigating wars. It would be foolish to assume a Corbyn-led government would resolve all our major issues but as a collective administration they could, without question, make some definite promising progress.
To give suggestion to the concept that hundreds and thousands of Labour members and supporters are following the new political approach of Corbyn through false hope is ludicrous and insulting. We are in fact rejecting the political approach of old that has won and lost us elections, yet is now so flawed it delivers nothing. The MPs who fail to heed the voices of the majority and subsequently the democratically elected leader not only damage the party but their own credibility as politicians.
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Beth the battle lines are drawn and the Blairites are out to get Jeremy Corbyn the only way he can survive meantime is to garner support and is if he is not ousted before the next Labour Party Conference then he might get some rule changes to change the direction of party policy and stay as leader. Meanwhile all this Labour Party UK civil war does not bode well for the Scottish Labour section who have returned to the usual backstabbing and infighting of which they are well known for and poor wee Blairite Kezia is constantly getting undermined by Alex Rowley with unofficial housing policy announcements and all the others meanwhile are fighting and backstabbing each other to get list seats, and what with the expected tsunami wipeout courtesy of the SNP that the polls forecast at the Scottish elections in May it is looking dire to say the least. My advice to save what’s left of the concept of a Labour presence in Scotland is that the Scottish Labour section would be better off breakingaway away completely from the Labour Party UK and forming a new Scottish Independent Labour Party otherwise its facing inevitable extinction.
At last! A post from someone to the left of Genghis Khan!
Corbyn is probably too old to ever be elected PM.
He has too many enemies in the media.
Most importantly, he has too many enemies within Labour’s PLP. And they are too vocal to be ignored.
What he can do is set the tone for a future Labour Party, to see his philosophy become main stream. To see the Old Blairite Guard consigned to history and replaced by young Corbynites. Where that leaves Dugdale I have no idea. Or the Lib Dems.
Will it happen? I don’t think so because so much of modern politics is framed by the media, a media which is relentlessly antagonistic toward Corbyn.
But there again, the SNP has been relentlessly vilified by the media for decades and still won through.
Go and look at the media coverage of the last election, Murdoch backed the SNP, the Guardian acted as cheerleaders for them, it’s a myth that the SNP are some poor hard done bys, it’s a myth that right wing populist parties like the SNP brethren UKIP and the tea party love to propogate
Scottish Sun backed the SNP. The English version did not—though they used to back Labour, and Miliband did his best to get them back on-side. The Guardian–who in Scotland reads it? I know one person.
As for the rest, who have you got?
Herald, Scotsman, Record, Times, Telegraph, Mail, Star, Morning Star, Express, Independent, Courier, Press and Journal, Sunday versions of all bar the Herald etc etc—all of whom backed the British Nationalist Parties.
The broadcast media BBC et al—all Unionist to the core.
Yet the SNP overcame all the bias. My point is Corbyn might do the same. But only if Labour stop attacking each other.
So you pretend all the non-SNP parties are the same to make it look like they get an overwhelming level of support from newspapers. How utterly dishonest. Elections are fought between parties, not between unionism and nationalism.
SNP were supported by
The Scottish Sun circulation 225,000 (Scotland’s biggest selling daily newspaper)
The National circulation 17,000
Labour were supported by
The Daily Record circulation 190,000
The Tories were supported by
The Daily Mail circulation 91,000
The Daily Express circulation 45,000
So in fact of the major dailies, the SNP got more impressions in front of the Scottish public than any other party.
As for this idea that the BBC is biased, it’s ludicrous. It was ludicrous when Labour claimed it about Newsnight Scotland, it was ludicrous when the SNP claimed it about Nick Robinson, and it’s ludicrous whenever someone like you throws it out as a cheap line. The BBC is regulated and constrained in its political coverage, unlike newspapers.
Come, come. Labour received friendly coverage from many print and broadcast sources, especially when Murphy first got the job he so desperately wanted. You cannot pretend the coverage of Scottish politics from the Herald or Scotsman is anything other than Unionist, and in the Heralds case, Unionist Labour friendly. What of the Guardian?
Aren’t the Telegraph and the Times Tory papers?
As for the BBC in Scotland, you have to be joking to claim it as an impartial platform. In the run up to the referendum, its talk programs were usually 3-1 in favour of the NO camp. Its news output amplified any anti-independence information while sitting on any pro-independence information. Its presenters to this day, interrupt SNP guests repeatedly, while giving Unionists free rein on their views.
Its presenters used derogatory language to describe independence for decades—- “Separatism” “Narrow Nationalism” Recognise the terms?
Ever wonder why the EU debate doesn’t use the same descriptions of the OUT campaign?
As for BBC staff or commentators not being of a Unionist bent—that is ludicrous. They seldom try to conceal their bias. Their guest opinion-formers are entirely Unionist. It could hardly be otherwise given they ALL work for Unionist newspapers.
Sturgeon gets incredibly friendly coverage from print and broadcast services. A lot more friendly than Kezia or Jeremy.
I genuinely don’t think you read the newspapers you criticise. You’ve adopted a stance, not looked at the evidence.
Your criticisms of the BBC are simply not borne out by evidence. (And please don’t cite that Nat professor’s guff of a research piece. It was absolute rubbish.)
We must agree to disagree, then Duncan. I am, and always have been a voracious reader of the press. Yes, Corbyn gets a bad press, but not as bad as Salmond did.
Kezia can have few complaints so far about the media. She has a low profile in the media, but that’s because she has said little of note( that’s not an attack, just the truth), though as she lays out her manifesto, then we shall see.
The evidence against the BBC is there for all to see.
The evidence is the product. In my view it is shallow and slanted journalism, perhaps because that’s the easy route, given Scotland’s print media. BBC Scotland radio and TV has much less respect than it had a quarter century ago, but it deserves all the criticism it gets.
I like James Naughtie as a presenter, but to parachute someone with his Labour and Unionist sympathies into the middle of a Scottish referendum campaign, as an “impartial” interloctor figure , was unprofessional and plain daft. Robinson appeared less than well briefed, and relied on metropolitan bluster to get him through. It didn’t work. The BBC had three rally’s at its door to complain of bias. The first two predated Robinson.
“Sturgeon gets incredibly friendly coverage from print and broadcast services.”
Duncan its not that Nicola Sturgeon gets friendly coverage for nothing it’s for the reason that she is a charasmatic leader who communicates her vision of Scotland that is both positive and full of hope for the future and her policys are so wonderful that the Main Stream Media dare not attack them on behalf of the union for when they do so they are seen by the people as biased and malicious.
Gavin says “Scottish Sun backed the SNP. The English version did not—though they used to back Labour, and Miliband did his best to get them back on-side. ”
Yes its true murdoch backed his pals, the tories in england and the snp in scotland. Giving everyone what they wanted. A Tory majority.
Milliband in fact stood up to murdoch, a brave position for a political leader to take, and for a while there looked to have broken the old right wing buzzards hold on uk politics. But with his pals firmly placed in the seats of power both sides of the border, back he comes.
Murdoch supported Labour for more than a decade, only stopping for the 2010 election, losing Labour an important ally.
But Labour also lost the support of the Guardian ( returned for 2015), Economist and Financial Times.
Miliband had himself pictured with an open Sun in an effort to promote the paper and get himself back in its good books. He was forced to apologise for his dreadful posturing.
Harriet Harman claimed he was correct to pose with the Sun, but also correct to apologise for posing with the Sun—–Labour at its finest two faced hypocrisy.
The New Statesman endorsed Labour for 2015, but half-heartedly and with a front cover verging on anti-Scottish racism ( remove “Scots” and replace it with “Blacks” or “Jews”).
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