Corbyn Is The Antidote Not the Poison

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With everything that has been thrown at Jeremy since his election, you could quite easily forget that the Labour party lost two elections, had been completely abandoned by Scotland, while suffering from a rather deflated, demoralised and flagging membership. I guess you could be mistaken for forgetting the majority of major unions were growing rather discontent with the Labour party, you could be mistaken for forgetting that there were talks and motions of disaffiliation flying around union branches.

The Labour party faced a uphill battle prior to Corbyn’s elections, in fact its situation was pretty dire. Yet it is almost like we are suppose to believe that the problems the Labour party are facing today are completely and utterly the making of one man, and everything will go back to ‘normal’ if we get rid of him. Normal like I guess losing elections and plodding along without any real direction or momentum, but hey at least Murdoch (& the Neoliberals) will be happy!

We are told repeatedly that we want a strong leader, and only if we have a strong leader will we get votes, I guess Ed Miliband and Gordon Brown just weren’t strong enough leaders to lead us to victory, perhaps they ought to encourage Nigel Farage to join! After all if Nigel does join they might win back some of that lost UKIP vote they keep harping on about. While it can only be assumed that the vast majority of Labour members don’t know what kind of leader they want because they clearly picked the wrong one, does that mean the other candidates just weren’t strong enough leaders?

Anyway it all sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? Because to anyone outside the elite Labour bubble it is, while they are running around undermining and playing politics with the party, peoples lives have been ruined. At a time when they should have been getting on with the task of winning an election, they took it upon themselves to constantly groan about electability and leadership, the irony of their actions clearly lost on them. These plotters are clearly in denial about where the Labour party finds it self, and they obviously do not have a credible answer or alternative to offer. The party found it self in a very dark place before Corbyn came and switched on the light, and people would do well to remember that.

Corbyn since before his election was opposed by sections of the PLP, they have been planning to get rid of him since before he was even elected, they have constantly undermined the party, and constantly undermined Corbyn, because to them their main mission isn’t to oppose the Tories, it isn’t to try and improve this country or our lives, it is to get rid of Corbyn, override the rather foolish decision of the membership in voting someone in they actually want to represent them, and to ultimately run the left out of the party. They were after all the self entitled heirs to the Brown-Blair era, and they clearly know a thing or two about electability, after just losing back to back elections. I wonder if they had all the answers on how to get elected, why they didn’t use them just over a year ago and win the election.

Labour lost Scotland to a more left wing option the SNP, off the back of the destructive referendum campaign where the Labour party joined forces with the Tories. This epitomises the wider view of the electorate, “couldn’t even get a rizla between the two parties” comes to mind. Labour lost in 2010 under Brown, off the back of losing 400,000 members during the Blair-Brown era (let alone 4million votes), it suffered a devastating defeat under Miliband. The party became devoid of ideas, devoid of vision, it stopped offering people hope, and resigned it self to just offering a little more than what the Tories were.

They believe rightly or wrongly that if you stick to the center ground you will win, as they attempted to emulate Blair’s winning formula (though clearly not a winning formula anymore), but they completely failed to realise that Blair won because he commanded the loyalty of huge sections of the left at the time. Just chasing Tory votes is the reason that Labour lost votes in its heartlands, embracing the Tories is the reason it lost Scotland, and parachuting people in to safe seats, forgetting about localism, led the party to the abyss. Corbyn has changed all that, and this is what scares his opponents, the people have taken control of the party, it is no longer controlled by Lords and big donors, the people are now in charge, and the MPs do not like this loss of power.

The Labour party needed Jeremy Corbyn, the members of the Labour Party chose Corbyn, because of the direction he was going to take the party, they along with the electorate resoundingly rejected the politics of the likes of Harriet Harman,Yvette Cooper, Gordon Brown and Tony Blair. They wanted a change, and this change has been long in the making, the majority of people who are young to middle aged, have never been given a choice of left wing policies or ideals, politics has changed.

The Labour pary has changed, it numbers 500,000 members, that is cause for celebration, not condemnation, the party has become a powerhouse the like it hasn’t been in decades maybe even ever. The truth of the matter is, this coup isn’t about Corbyn being unelecable, it isn’t about his leadership, this coup is being launched for two purposes; the ideological motives to remove the left of the party, but most importantly the fear that Corbyn is actually doing a good job, opposing the Tories and being a successful opposition. If Corbyn is successful, they will be thrown into the shadows, they will be thrown into the dustbin of history, for them this is a fight for their survival. So don’t be tricked in the coming weeks with whatever they say, this has nothing to do with the policies of Corbyn, this has nothing to do with Corbyns chances in the election.

This is a battle for our very identity, the very soul not of the party but the country it self, do we have a party that serves the interest of the people, or do we just have parties which represent the powerful.

The choice ultimately falls at our feet…

The End Of Democracy As We Know It?

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The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership as it is known in all its glory, never heard of it before? Well it is the biggest threat to our democracy in a generation, and far from our democracy going up in glorious smoke, it is silently and slowly fading away into the night.

TTIP is a trade deal being negotiated between the United States and the European Union, which sounds alright, doesn’t it? After all we have plenty of trade deals all around the world. That is until you scrape underneath the spin and get to the essence of the deal.

All power to the corporations! Pretty much sums it up.

If you check the EU website on TTIP it all sounds pretty good, which can be found here: http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-focus/ttip/

Just looking over this and you would think “why the concern Steve?” – However if you check out this campaign: https://stop-ttip.org/ you will see we are not getting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The scariest part of TTIP for me is that it will allow something called “Investor-State Dispute Settlements,” what this boils down to is the right for corporations to sue governments if government policy has caused those corporations to lose profits.

Government policy will therefore be crafted not in a democratic fashion by the will of the people, but by corporations maximising their profits. Wouldn’t it be great if we had the right to hold governments to account in this way? If we could hold them liable for all the deaths that have been caused in relation to benefit sanctions for example.

One of the scariest aspects of this is that these disputes will happen in complete secret, not even elected officials will know about them, or be part of them until after they have already taken place.

When laws are being formed corporations will be allowed to sit at the table and draft the legislation, as well, so from beginning to end corporations will effectively become part of our government.

I will give you an example of this at work, a corporation sells a product which is found to cause cancer and has led to x amount of deaths, the government then bans this product. Under TTIP the corporation would then in turn be allowed to sue the government for eating into its profits.

I don’t know about you but I want my government to be concerned with the welfare of its citizens, not of its corporations. I want my government to protect my rights, not be more concerned with the profit of corporations.

All I hear about is economic growth and paying down the debt, I don’t care about these issues – I care about what my government can do for me, what my government can do for society, not what it can do for the 1% and there banker buddies.
Who lets face it, have surely had enough help by now and don’t need anymore?

The debate is all about human rights isn’t it? How human rights are being abused and how we need to scrap the human rights act. We never hear about the rights of corporations and how they abuse it to destroy the planet, or rip us off.

It just so happens that corporations in many countries have had the same rights extended to them as human beings, but you can bet that their rights to exploit and profit will not be coming into question in the near future.

The NHS that lovely institution which saved and continues to save an untold amount of people from disease and death could and likely would come under threat within the trade deal. Free simply doesn’t make enough profits you see.

The scope of TTIP is that wide that it is impossible to say just how it will begin to take hold over our country, either way when it does it will be done in secret so we won’t even know about it anyway!

At the very least there needs to be a national and international debate around TTIP, something of this magnitude should be a heavily debated and publicised isse which we are informed and educated on, because the rammifications of this whether they are good or bad (bad incase you are still not clear on my position) are absloutely massive.

TTIP has the power to reshape our democracy, effect every part of our lives, the environment, what we eat, how we eat it and an untold amount of possibilities. The tentacles of TTIP will wrap their oily slimey way around everything we now hold dear, so get angry, get mad, and get out there.

This is our democracy, it is time we took it back!