Thinking Your Way Through a Labyrinth of Contemporary Issues
Stretch your mind back to May the 7th. Do you remember watching the TV debate on the general election and it briefly looking promising – assuming you are a Labour supporter or for that matter anyone who wanted to avoid a Conservative government. The night began with an overwhelming majority in Sunderland voting Labour. One can remember hoping an overwhelming Labour victory would take hold of the UK. Unfortunately this was not to be, waking up the next morning to hear that David Cameron was on course for an overall majority was the most disappointing news in a long time. We do however have to get on with our lives and so onwards to the present.
One can genuinely believe that the Conservative government is genuinely trying to do what’s best for the economy. The problem as we know is that some of the poorest in society have had to suffer from this exercise in forced economic lifestyle changes. As for the current age group of those in their early to late 20s we have to suffer greatly for this to take place. A study in Psychology Today found that the years that define us the most in terms of career success are the ages from 18 -28. Now as a personal reference point at the current age of 26 I will be 31 when there is opportunity for a Labour government to be in power, as I’m sure many of you reading this will find likewise – you will be well over the threshold years that truly matter in five years time – if we are to go on this study.
In all honesty, with all due respect to future generations it would be difficult to genuinely care what happened in five years, another sell-out from a Labour Government, whereby once they are in power they will revert back to their ‘Lesser of the two evils’ label simply is no selling point for remaining interested in politics. While avoiding making excuses for having better life chances, many of our lives in the UK have largely been defined by the 2008 economic crash and so far – five years of rampant Conservative cuts and for that reason it will genuinely be hard to care who is in power in five years time either way. Unless….
…… an interest could potentially be reinvigorated in politics via the Labour party if we are to have somebody offering a more radical solution, while at the same time not offering the rather unpleasant associations of other radical groups that have benefited across Europe via dissatisfaction of other parties e.g The Golden Dawn party in Greece, Marine Le Pen in France, and not to forget the 2010 success of the BNP in the UK. Yet comparisons with Jeremy Corbyn and extreme groups is absurd unless you are to believe the Daily Mail’s account of what life would be like under Jeremy Corbyn in the ‘1,000 days of power’ which you can read here.
At Jeremy Corbyn’s age (66) the benefit will be that he will not be as interested in maintaining a long career unlike the likes of his rivals Liz Kendall (44), Yvette Cooper (46) and Andy Burnham (45), who are more likely to sell out, and promises they make for genuine change would be based on winning the popular vote to maintain long careers. If Jeremy Corbyn were to take power over the government in five years time the opportunity to do what was right over what is unpopular would greatly increase. Though paradoxically any Conservative voter will likely tell you that is the same case for the Conservative government. While it is true that Ed Miliband alienated large swathes of the public with his potential financial attack on businesses and his lacklustre performances in public, Jermey Corbyn could be the difference with persuading a disinterested population to vote again for the Labour Party or for that matter remain interested in politics.
Jeremy Corbyn would bring radical change to the Labour Party, and may not even get in to office in five years time. Yet he would stand firmly against David Cameron for the next five years and would (assuming he would still be in office) be an ongoing menace for the Conservative government. Who really cares if the Labour Party are to get back in to office if more of the same is on offer. Seeking a radical change through dissatisfaction is not the best course of action if one is to contemplate the long term future. Yet radical change may be necessary if it will genuinely make a difference, and under Jeremy Corbyn it just might.
Oliver Wilson, (2015)