One week to go to a critically important election, which is not, for me anyway, about that excruciating divisive dilemma, the Brexit thing, but how our country will be run for the next five years. What do we want? Boris Johnson’s vision or Jeremy Corbyn’s?
So here re: their visions, are a few points and thoughts (this is going to be a short piece) with Johnson first.
Johnson’s Brexit and getting it done etc – er, no it won’t be finished. It’s kind of the end of the beginning as if he got in with a reasonable margin he might get his version of the Withdrawal Agreement past the post and ‘leave’ in January. Then it is important to realise that there is a transition period before we leave properly on 31 December 2020 which btw, is a date that the EU says they won’t extend. Throughout these months we are still abiding by EU rules and regulations and to top it all our future trading relationship will be negotiated. And that you think will be done? You think that’ll be done without us hearing about it? In actuality Brexit will continue to be a huge shouting match. And if it’s not sorted we will crash out with a ‘no deal’. So there will still be a Brexit black hole, which will suck the life out of every policy that might or might not be good for our country.
Johnson’s promises – I’m not giving a blow-by-blow account of these, but suffice to say, you hear he’s putting x number of teachers, police, prison officers and nurses plus gazillions of money back into the pot. But this does not catch up with the 10 years of austerity and cuts the Conservative government instigated.
Johnson’s take on the NHS that it’s safe and not for sale etc etc – no, no, no. The NHS is already up for sale because it is the law to do this. What an unregulated out-of-the-EU Britain is vulnerable to are trade deals with the States that will inevitably include the drugs bought from the States – we’ll be in plenty of trouble when that happens.
Johnson’s teflon abilities – everyone knows he’s a blustering not as-bright-as-he-likes-to-think-he-is immoral charlatan who’s done much that’s wrong and yet, he’s still getting off lightly. I watched Johnson’s interview on Sunday. For those of you outside the UK Johnson’s weazled out of so many interviews, and especially the one with Andrew Neil who’s a doughty and quite aggressive interviewer. No, he’d only have Andrew Marr who’s good but polite. Oh no, you can’t do that said the BBC, no, absolutely not, oh alright then. So Marr it was. And Marr was good in that he did pick up on the lies but he’s got a softer voice, so Johnson carried on lying aplenty, shouting over Marr and denying any knowledge of the previous 10 years insisting he would do it differently and above all get Brexit done which is a total lie, but clever.
Those lies – they’re woven throughout the entire campaign and especially this lie, that Labour caused the economy to crash in 2008 and if you vote for them it’ll all go the same way – heard that on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour only yesterday. In actual fact there was a global recession caused by the banks which hit the entire world. Labour had f… all to do with it. Although anyone remember Gordon Brown’s efforts?
Now it’s Jeremy Corbyn’s turn – sigh.
Corbyn’s Brexit is to negotiate a new deal with the EU and then have a referendum with the deal and remain as the two key questions. Well, good luck with that although if we have someone like Sir Keir Starmer at the head of the negotiating team I think it could just about happen. And then a referendum – which seems a good idea? Although, like this election it’ll be close run thing.
Corbyn’s promises – the Labour manifesto is radical for some with its re-nationalisation of rail, mail, energy and water and tax rises (for the rich) but in comparison to some European countries it’s kind of ordinary democratic socialism and I see the Financial Times published a letter from 163 economists who praised Labour’s manifesto giving it their broad support as Britain needs a ‘serious injection of public investment. For me personally, I want the country to be run differently. I want an end to the vilification of the disabled, I want the end of the Windrush scandal, I want money to be invested in our public services. I want this. However, if by some miracle Corbyn got a significant majority do you think that the rich will stand by and let themselves be taxed? I think money will pour out of the UK into tax havens – just saying.
Corbyn’s take on the NHS – well they say that they’ll end the contracting out of services. That’s excellent if the NHS Act is repealed but re: the existing contracts I rather think that much money will be made by contract lawyers.
Corbyn and the mud-slinging media, social and otherwise. Unlike Johnson who seems to get away with saying whatever he pleases and still is ahead in the polls, there’s a lot of, I would argue, outrageous bias against Corbyn. He’s not overly liked by any of the news media. But hey you don’t have to like a party leader, it’s the policies of a party you need to look at. And if you click onto anything in this piece, please, I beg you, have a look at this Australian cartoon which says it all, and is also funny.
Then there’s the elephant in the room, which I haven’t mentioned before, but perhaps I should, the charge of antisemitism against Corbyn and the Labour Party. OMG I’m going to try and unpick this.
No-one should ever be racist or antisemitic, end of
Is Corbyn any of the above? No
Is his party any of the above?
Well there are some idiots, no, morons, who muddle up Israel’s policy towards Palestine (which they’re against) with being Jewish, and some of them have been and/or still are in the Labour Party.
So what is the Labour Party doing about that? As I have said before the Party had many rules and regulations when I was a member and I shouldn’t think any of that has changed. I also have some knowledge of how complaints currently (not about anti-semitism) are dealt with not that well and definitely not quickly. Apparently this is being sorted and fast-track expulsions for antisemitism should be happening. Note that there is governing body of the Labour party (the NEC) that oversees procedures and policy making and that Corbyn had to go through a process of submitting a proposal about this before anything could happen. Perhaps you can see why dealing with the stupidity of some people has been slow and tortuous – the Labour Party has not helped itself by this. And in addition, Corbyn is not good at bouncing back accusations against himself personally either.
And why do these accusations keep coming?
Well racist morons exist everywhere including may I say, the Tory Party, but also Corbyn fully supports Palestine and that is beyond the pale for some. Anything to keep him from power. And note that I too fully support Palestine and its continuing existence. All nations should have their policies to neighbouring states scrutinised and criticised if need be, all nations, with no exceptions, I won’t go on, but you get my drift.
And that’s enough. Apologies for not mentioning the Lib Dems who seem to have shot their bolt or the Greens with their one lovely MP, nor the DUP (ugh) or the Brexit party (even more ugh) but we have a big election coming up which I predict will get us nowhere. I reckon despite Johnson being ahead in the polls just like last time the gap between Labour and Tory is narrowing, and consequently, just like last time, there will be anther hung Parliament. So there will be more uncertainty and shouting, but nothing will be resolved.
Penny Kocher 5th November 2019
P.S. And apologies for my tone but I’m beyond exasperated
The above is a long read but has masses of research and data – it’s worth a glance