Friday, 24 July 2015

The right are running scared

Despite the Tories` election win and overall majority,which clearly took them by surprise, the right are running scared in this country. Proof? The hysteria being built up over the possibility of Jeremy Corby winning the Labour leadership contest, and the ridiculous details in the government`s anti-trade union bill.
    So frightened are they that Corbyn will win, because he actually promises to deliver policies the people will support, the Torygraph and the rest of the right-wing media have built up a propaganda campaign, which says that a Corbyn-led Labour party is unelectable. This gets support, too, from the Blairite wing of the Labour party itself, based on the spurious evidence that Foot and Kinnock lost elections because of their radical proposals, and Blair won them because of his more moderate manifestos. This is the same group which claims Miliband lost the election because his policies were too left-wing, and ignores the voting in areas like Scotland and the north of England.
     The truth is they all know a Corbyn-led Labour party is extremely electable, capable of uniting the party, excluding the Tory wing, attracting back those lost to the radical nationalist and Green parties, and, perhaps most importantly of all, winning the support of young people and non-voters. He has already outlined how he would finance the ending of student loans, and there will be more announcements, inevitably, on housing and dealing with the extortionate rents young people especially, are having to pay for private accommodation. Osborne did Corbyn a huge favour last week with a budget favouring the wealthy and business interests, whilst attacking the less fortunate, the young and public sector workers. Corbyn can also benefit from the way the Greek crisis was handled, which should finally have convinced the majority of voters that austerity does not work, and that excessive austerity measures are not only unnecessary, but hold back economic growth. With evidence also pointing to the public`s support for re-nationalisation of the railways, and much increased regulation of the energy companies, Corbyn`s left-wing agenda certainly does not make him unelectable.
     Could the right,also, be afraid of the likelihood that his policies, as leader, would almost certainly include increases to the income tax rates for the high earners? With the average earnings hovering around £25,000, is it really likely that the public think taxing those earning over £100K a year a little more, and those over £150K a lot more, is a policy too radical to support at the ballot box? Then there`s the tax on company profits, which Osborne intends to reduce to 18%, which is 22 percentage points below the rate  of corporation tax in the States, and the idea of having a sensible ratio for earnings of CEOs and the average pay of their employees. With inequality increasing even though the UK is already 28th in the OECD`s equality league table out of 34 so-called developed nations, and social mobility decreasing, with 70% of top jobs in politics, law, journalism and such- like going to the 7% of the population who are privately educated, the need for radical change is needed, and this frightens the right. With a sensible propaganda machine, which bans idiotic ideas like pink buses and policies set-in-stone, of course Corbyn can win, and his policies will have appeal north of the border, too.
     Further evidence supporting the fact that the right are running scared, like Cameron was over a televised debate with Miliband, is provided by the government`s anti-Trade Union Bill; they are clearly anticipating calls for more industrial action in response to their cruel cuts and pay freezes, for the Bill`s details are certainly disproportionate to the fact that workers spent 788,000 days on strike last year, way down on the millions in the 1980s. A maximum of six on a picket line, voting thresholds, and even limiting the use of social media by strikers are clear indicators that they are expecting a huge increase in anger and despair from people like public sector and London underground workers, who, it seems are prepared to take industrial action but strangely, not vote for a left-wing Labour leader! Of course they will, and more will vote for a left-wing prime-minister.
    Corbyn faces an uphill struggle; if they are not already, all the other candidates will soon be repeating the right`s mantra about the unelectability of a left-leaning leader. The more it is repeated, the clearer the true message: they "protest too much"! It`s what happens when the facts have to be kept hidden. Repeating a lie over and over, as Labour knows to its cost, happens when the perpetrators are frightened of the truth being told. The right is lying about Corbyn because it is running scared. The Torygraph`s campaign to get Tories to vote for Corbyn is a ruse to frighten Labour supporters into voting for a moderate, but they are the ones who are really frightened! A moderate Labour party would provide little threat in 2020, but one offering real change is the one they fear. History has repeatedly shown that those who have sold their principles at the altar of power especially fear those who refuse to do so!

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