This election presents to us a choice. A choice between Tory, and not. So many people would have us believe that this is the sole dichotomy. But it is so much more than that for so many people.
This election presents to us a choice about how we care for the weakest and most vulnerable in our society.
This election presents to me a choice to give my full throated support to a leader, who, for the first time in my life, presents a vision for government that I truly feel I can support. Not a choice; an obligation.
Tory, or not
The Conservative party have been disastrous in government. From Brexit — the fallout of which involved a cockamamie leadership race in which the last person standing was awarded the job — to a tenfold increase in the number of children dependent in foodbanks in the last five years, to knowing that our government is incompetent to the tune of not even understanding the jargon of the internet, the defining technology of the last twenty years, a technology they seek to cripple for a warped perception of safety. To support a Conservative government now is to support all of the above, and more.
Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of the current government render any words absolutely meaningless.
How we care for the weakest and most vulnerable in our society
We have a human imperative to guarantee a certain quality of life to everybody, citizen or not. The Conservative Party have shown us just how little they care about our weakest and most vulnerable people at almost every juncture. It is shameful, and to support a Conservative government now is to be complicit in the deaths of thousands of disabled people. It is to understand that your government has a history of homophobia that it’s not apparently extremely embarrassed about. It is to be a callous individual, who would see children go hungry, who would see doctors, nurses, and teachers — the best of us — be pushed to breaking point time after time, and be ignored.
I have an obligation
Politicians can be a slippery bunch, people who will say anything to get your trust, your money, your vote. To get you to surrender your little piece of power to them. Theresa May has proven with her voting record that she has no principles. That if you find one of her positions unsatisfactory, she will gladly find a new one. Let us be very clear that this is not leadership. This is not strength and stability, it is moral bankruptcy. A look through Theresa May’s record as Home Secretary will illustrate there is no depth she will not plumb. There is no rock bottom, there is no point where enough becomes enough.
Jeremy Corbyn has changed his mind on very little since 1983. He has often broken ranks with his party. He is a man totally devoted to his values. Totally devoted to values that I share. And I would be doing myself and everybody I know a disservice to leave this unsaid. As leader of The Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has delivered us a platform and a vision that is progressive, and is true to the soul of Labour. He has done that while under constant attack from his parliamentary colleagues, and not once has he wavered. He talks, he inspires, and explains. He believes, and he wills us to believe, that there is a better way. That the response to a sharp global turn towards nationalism is to lead the charge in the opposite direction, rather than follow it into the abyss.
And so I ask you. I beg you. Please believe with me. Please believe that we can be better than this. And please vote. Vote for whomever you like, but please know what you’re voting for. Please be mindful, critical, and human. If you do that, then you will make the right choice. Thank you.