Neil Findlay MSP, Scottish Chair of the Corbyn4Labour campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn as UK Labour Leader, sets out the policy agenda driving the campaign.
So over the last few weeks we have witnessed every conceivable smear and scare story heaped on Jeremy Corbyn as he fights a campaign of hope that is bringing thousands of new members back into the Labour party.
As we run into the period when ballot papers will be sent out, the Corbyn campaign will continue to focus on a vision of hope and a belief that we can build a country that is better, fairer and more equal than the society we live in at the moment.
Jeremy’s campaign team have been clear from the start – there will be no personal attacks on opponents, but a clear focus on policy and vision would be the driver for the campaign. And it is a policy agenda that I believe reflects many of the priorities that were raised by voters time and again on the door steps over the last few years. Issues such as:
- Supporting a publicly run and financed NHS, rejecting privatisation, competition and a market in our health service.
- Investing in a mass national house building programme to address the housing crisis.
- Supporting the nationalisation of the railways and retention of Cal Mac in the public sector.
- Opposition to war and conflict and a commitment to the UK playing a role as an advocate for peace and justice throughout the world.
- Rejecting spending on the renewal of Trident at the same time as austerity bites hard in our communities.
- An end to university tuition fees.
- A fair taxation system.
- Support for trade unions and protection of workers.
- Opposition to tax credit cuts and the benefit cap.
- And a constitutional convention to address issues of devolution across the UK.
It is this progressive policy agenda that is bringing members back into the Labour Party. It is this agenda and Jeremy’s ability to articulate it in language that people relate to that has captured the imagination of members across the land.
In the final month, the Corbyn campaign will concentrate on policies that will bring even more people back to Labour; policies that will provide clear alternatives to the Tories and the SNP; and policies that will arm party members with a clear and confident policy platform based on our values – values of peace, justice, solidarity, fairness and equality.
6 thoughts on “Corbyn’s progressive policy agenda”
The biggest obstacle to Corbyn being elected leader lies within the Labour Party. Indeed it might be true, that a Corbyn victory would split the Labour Party.
We already know today, that research has shown Labour will struggle to win back those voters in England they lost in the last election. A split Party would consign it to history, though it isn’t easy to see an alternative in English politics.
In Scotland Labour are already struggling to gain any momentum. Corbyne is more in tune with Scottish opinion( I think), but that in itself is a problem.
A. He wins and causes a stushy by doing so.
B. He loses because he is attacked from within.
None of the candidates has any sparkle or hint of stardust.
Dreich and uncharismatic.
Who would you want to go to the pub with? Exactly !
Re an end to university tuition fees: it would make more sense to charge tuition fees but to provide help according to need and also give financial support to the poorest students as the loan system of financing risks putting university education out of reach of these students. Across the board free tuition fees means those who have less in society are subsidising those who already have more.
I think we are wrong to assume that English people can’t/won’t vote for the soft left of Corbyn. I see more evidence that they are disaffected and make protest votes or don’t vote in the comments on Labour pages. When Labour came to power in 1997 it was a landslide and the Manifesto then was about the same as what Corbyn suggests now. There was no advance warning of PFI, Iraq war etc. Maybe it’d split the party if we vote Corbyn to lead us and definitely Labour would emerge with more credibility IMO.
The Labour party will never recover if more progressive are not initiated such as pushing for an English Parliament other than Westminster and creating the catalyst for the UK becoming a Federal state there are too many diversities in the UK for one solution to suit all.
There is a very good article in Wings over Scotland which explains why Labour in England should be pursuing the disenfranchised vote rather than the soft Tory vote and why Kinnock gained millions of votes during his tenure as leader while Blair lost millions.
Labour are going nowhere with Blairites except oblivion. The Cons didn’t win the election with a majority of support they won with a very small minority. They always do.
The disenfranchised are mostly the old Labour voters who Labour disenfranchised and they are the biggest block vote in the country.
Glad to see you fronting the Jeremy Corbyn group in Scotland. Would be happier still if you appreciated the much more socialist potential of Patrick Harvie and the Green Party
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