Sunday, April 23, 2017

The mainstream media won't condemn Tory dirty tricks, so it's up to us


A Tory party employee and donor has been caught sharing a blatantly faked image in order to attack and discredit Jeremy Corbyn. 

As can be seen in the header image, the victim of this crude piece of right-wing photoshop propaganda was actually delighted to meet Jeremy Corbyn. Her name is Catherine Finney and she's an ordinary member of the public. 

We're all used to seeing the right-wing media attack Corbyn relentlessly and unfairly (remember the crudely photoshopped images of him supposedly dancing at the Cenotaph that were actually published by The S*n?) but a Tory party insider abusing a member of the public like this is really beyond the pale.

Catherine Finney is just an ordinary person. What right do the Tories think they have to create the false impression she's the kind of crude and abusive lout who would make obscene gestures at visitors to her house. It's completely outrageous.


After the faked images began to circulate on social media Skwawkbox and Evolve Politics did some some digging into who this Suzan Walsh character is. What they found is that she openly brags about being a Tory party employee on her LinkedIn profile, that she made a £9,000 donation to the Tories in 2015, and that her White Mid Sloan property company has had dealings with a shady tax-haven based company called Goldstar.


Suzan Walsh with Tory cabinet minister and
former mayor of London Boris Johnson
Her LinkedIn profile is full of self-aggrandisement about her influence in the Tory party, including a boast about having been given an award by the muck-slinging Tory electoral strategist Lynton Crosby.

It's no wonder she's decided to fight the 2017 General Election so low and dirty if she holds a disgusting individual like Lynton Crosby as some kind of hero.

Maybe she was hoping to get another award from him for her dirty tricks?

A quick thought experiment

Imagine if it had've been a Jeremy Corbyn staffer propagating a crudely faked image of a member of the public in order to try to discredit Theresa May.

Do you think the mainstream press would have completely ignored the story?

Do you think it would only be social media pages and independent blogs (Occupy London, Skwawkbox, Evolve Politics, Another Angry Voice) covering the story?

Of course it bloody wouldn't. You know the likes of Laura "fake news" Kuennsberg and a pack of fanatically right-wing hacks at the S*n, Express and Daily Mail would have been all over it.

They'd be demanding resignations, claiming it's indicative of a culture of bullying in the Labour Party, attacking Corbyn's leadership, demanding a personal public apology for the incident from Jeremy Corbyn himself.

You know it don't you?


How you can help

Evolve Politics attempted to contact Suzan Walsh to give her the right of reply, but much like her beloved Theresa May she seems to have gone completely into hiding today.


If Suzan Walsh is unwilling to personally explain her actions, we should surely take it up the chain of command and ask her Tory bosses to explain her actions and to apologise to both Jeremy Corbyn and Catherine Finney for her dirty tricks.The pro-Tory mainstream press are not going to hold the Tories to account over this, so it's up to independent media and ordinary people to do it.

Post this article on the Conservatives Facebook page, post it on Theresa May's Facebook page, post it on your local MP's Facebook page, Tweet it to Tory MPs.

Make them hear it:

We demand a public apology from Theresa May. 



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Why you need to speak to someone who works in the NHS


I'm not asking you to believe what I write here (even though it's all backed up with links to evidence). I'm not asking you to believe Jeremy Corbyn when he says that the NHS needs to be defended from the Tories with all of our might. I'm asking you to speak to someone you know who works in the NHS and ask them about a number of specific issues.

Almost everyone knows someone who works for the NHS. Everyone knows someone who knows someone who works in the NHS. If you have to ask a mutual friend to introduce you to an NHS worker so you can chat about the issues facing the NHS, I'm sure they wouldn't mind at all. They'd probably be very happy to meet someone who shows some actual interest in their work and working conditions.

The issues to ask about

  • Ask them whether the junior doctors have been treated fairly and with respect by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
  • Ask them if their own primary care trust is in deficit.
  • Ask them whether them and their colleagues are increasingly stressed and overworked as they try to cope with increasing demand for services while funds and staffing levels are being slashed year after year.
  • Ask them whether they think the NHS can actually survive if the Tories carry on like this.

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An idea to give Theresa May and the complacent Tories a shock they'd never forget


Here's an idea that could give Theresa May and the complacent Tory elitists a shock they'd never forget.

The idea is a fairly simple one, but like all good ideas it would take solidarity and people pulling together and working hard to make it happen. History is absolutely clear that powerful elites don't give up their power without a fight.

The idea

Britain's woefully antiquated voting system means that we're all familiar with the concept of tactical voting, which is the idea of holding our noses and voting for the (usually pretty unappealing) candidate who is most likely to beat the candidate that we absolutely detest.

What I'm proposing is a kind of tactical voting, but rather than doing it in a piecemeal fashion, it needs to be done in an organised manner in specifically targeted seats so that instead of the opposition being split between several candidates, all the resources are pooled behind a single Unity candidate in each target constituency.

 As far as I'm concerned the target seats should be the seats of the most disgraceful, malicious and downright inept Tory ministers, and also the seats that Tory candidates cheated their way into in 2015 though electoral fraud.


In these specific seats the opposition parties should agree to pool resources in order to field a single Unity candidate.

Unity candidates

Ideally the Unity candidate being fielded to contest the seats of Tory government ministers should have a lot of expertise in the ministers' brief:
  • A respected doctor could stand as the Unity candidate against the health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
  • Someone with some actual foreign policy experience could stand against the embarrassing buffoon of a foreign secretary Boris Johnson that we're lumbered with.
  • A well known human rights campaigner could stand against the human rights scrapping Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
  • An environmentalist/countryside campaigner could stand against the Defra minister Andrea Leadsom.
  • Someone with actual legal qualifications could stand against the totally unqualified Lord Chancellor Liz Truss.
  • A widely respected economics expert could stand against the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.
  • A public transport expert could stand against the transport minister Chris Grayling.
  • An experienced community activist could stand against the Communities minister Sajid Javid.
  • A teacher/education expert could stand against the education secretary Justine Greening.
  • A welfare expert could stand against the DWP minister Damian Green.
  • Someone with experience in the media or arts could stand against the culture secretary Karen Bradley.

In the Tory electoral fraud constituencies, it might turn out that quite a few of the candidates who finished second in 2015 end up standing as the Unity candidate, but one thing is for sure, all the Unity candidates should be selected in an open and accountable democratic ballot of local people.

Accountability

If elected, the 
Unity candidate should be accountable to the people who elected them, and to the parties that joined forces to support their campaign. The Unity candidate should agree to stick to a democratically developed local manifesto based on the wishes of local people, and to abide to a formal cross-party consensus agreement when voting on national issues.

The Unity candidate should also pledge to serve as a Unity MP for the duration of the next parliament, or to resign their seat and call a by-election if they intend to officially align themselves with any specific party.


The need for speed

Theresa May called an opportunistic snap election in just seven weeks time because she didn't want to allow the opposition sufficient time to organise against her. It was a fantastically self-serving move to put the interests of the Tory party above the interests of the nation as a whole.

This dishonest, self-serving opportunism isn't surprising in the slightest though, because she's a self-serving Tory of the very worst kind who U-turns so often she must be developing centrifugal forces!

Theresa May has clearly tried to wrong foot all opposition to her dictatorial style of government by making the election campaign as short as possible, so there is very little time organise and hold her government's terrible record up to public scrutiny.


This means that if the Unity candidate idea is going to get off the ground, it needs to be done in a matter of weeks because the deadline for nominations is the 11th of May.

A shock they'd never forget

If the 
Unity candidate idea turns out to be successful, it would give the public an opportunity to vote for real experts, and for non-cheats. It would give people a fantastic opportunity to send a powerful message to the out-of-touch elitists in the Tory party that their ideological vandalism of our society, and their tactic of cheating their way to electoral victory are completely unacceptable.

It would be a genuine anti-establishment rebellion that pretty much anyone but the most die-hard Tory tribalists could get behind.

If it ends up removing even just a few Tory ministers and 2015 General Election cheats from power it would give them a shock that they'd never forget. If people really got behind it, then it could shake the complacent self-serving Tory party to their foundations and deliver a number of highly qualified specialists that any government would be utterly foolish to try to sideline and ignore.


Contact your party

If you like this idea and you're a member or supporter of a political party, contact them as soon as possible and tell them that you would like them to consider supporting the idea of fielding Unity candidates in specific target seats as a matter of urgency.

If you live in a seat held by a Tory government minister, or in one of the seats that the Tories won through electoral fraud in 2015, you could contact your local party too and ask them to cooperate with the other opposition parties, and offer to help them organise the Unity candidate campaign.

Write to your local political representatives here: Write to them

Contact the opposition party you support here:

Green Party: (contact page, Twitter, Facebook)
Labour Party:
(contact page, Twitter, Facebook)
Liberal Democrats: 
(contact page, Twitter, Facebook)
Plaid Cymru: 
(contact page, Twitter, Facebook)
SNP*: (contact page, Twitter, Facebook)
UKIP**: 
(contact page, Twitter, Facebook)

Spread the word
Theresa May has complacently opened the door to an idea like this because she thinks the rest of the country are too weak and too disorganised to stand up to her autocratic ambitions but if we all pull together we could achieve a seismic shift in the way we do politics in this country.

If you like the idea of 
Unity candidates then it's vital to spread the word. Share this article on social media (#Unity2017), talk about the idea with your friends, your relatives, your work colleagues, your neighbours. Help to get some momentum going. Together we can change things for the better.

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* = I have included the SNP here because although there is only one Tory seat in Scotland, it is held by the appalling David Mundell, who is the Scotland Secretary. Maybe, despite their incredibly strong position in Scottish politics, the SNP would like to show solidarity with the other opposition parties by backing a unity candidate in this one seat.

** = I've included UKIP here because, although I detest their hard-right ideology, they do actually support some quite progressive things that I actually agree with (Proportional Representation, democratisation of the House of Lords, more local referendums, devolution for England, cancelling rip-off PFI scams ...). They also have a lot of supporters/voters who are not inherently bad people, who might well get behind a genuine anti-establishment rebellion and have a lot to contribute to the campaign.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Just imagine if it was Corbyn's senior staffers abandoning ship


Within days of announcing her U-turn on her promises not to hold an opportunistic snap General Election both of Theresa May's top spin doctors quit their jobs. Katie Perrior was the first to jump ship, and then Lizzie Louden followed her out a couple of days later.

The mainstream press has barely touched this extraordinary story of two of the Prime Minister's top staffers abandoning her within days of her General Election announcement, but we all know that's how this works by now.

If it had've been two of Jeremy Corbyn's top advisers jumping ship at the very beginning of his election campaign, the mainstream media would be all over it like a rash, using it to condemn him as "weak" and "unelectable". But because it's Theresa May she gets a free pass, because her senior advisers quitting goes totally against the predetermined "black is white" media narrative that she's a "strong" and "stable" leader.

The evidence is absolutely clear that the mainstream media work to predetermined narratives meaning that stories that fit the desired narratives get prominence, whilst those that contradict it get very little coverage at all.

A previous example that springs to mind is the time Theresa May read out an anti-Corbyn Tweet at Prime Ministers' Questions that was posted by a bigoted and misogynistic Twitter troll. We know that if Corbyn had made such a ridiculous error of judgement the mainstream press would have hounded him over it for weeks, and weaved it into their narrative that Labour is full of brick-lobbing bigots and misogynists, but because it was Theresa May the whole incident flew almost completely under the mainstream media radar.

Theresa May is blatantly allowed to get away with all kinds of things that the mainstream media would be walking Corbyn over hot coals for. The Twitter troll incident, her brazenly self-serving non-campaign during the EU referendum debate, sucking up to tyrants and despots, bribing the Chinese communists into building the UK's energy infrastructure for us, U-turning so often it's impossible to guess which way she'll be facing in the morning ...


The bias in the mainstream media is as easy to spot in what they omit to cover, as it is in the skewed way they choose to cover the things they do decide to give prominence to.



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Are we a nation of gullible idiots?


The right-wing propaganda merchants clearly believe that the United Kingdom is a nation full of totally gullible idiots. There's no other explanation for their attempts to portray Theresa May as a "strong" and "stable" leader when she's clearly anything but.

U-turns


Theresa May U-turns so regularly that it's impossible to know which way she'll be facing the next day. She U-turned on her position that Brexit would be economically ruinous when it suited her self-interest to do so. She U-turned on giving parliament a vote on Article 50 (before the Supreme Court ruling would have forced her to), she U-turned on her National Insurance hike within a week (leaving a £2 billion black hole in her first budget as Prime Minister), and she U-turned on her repeated pledges not to hold an opportunistic snap election.

Stability

The ridiculousness of the "stability" narrative would be laughable if it weren't for the fact that so many dozy unthinking drones actually believe it.

Theresa May had 9 months to call a General Election before she triggered Article 50, but she refused to do it when she had the time and instead waited until three weeks after she'd set the clock ticking on the most complex and risky set of diplomatic negotiations in UK history!

How does it promote "stability" to compel her government ministers to focus all of their efforts on fighting an election campaign for the next two months when they should obviously and undeniably be concentrating on getting the best possible deal for the UK out of the Brexit negotiations?

It just doesn't does it?

The only way it makes sense is if she's putting the party political interests of the Tory party above the best interests of the nation as a whole.

"Now is not the time"

Less than three weeks before calling her opportunistic snap election Theresa May told the Scottish electorate that "now is not the time" for an independence referendum because it would cause "instability".

Saying that Scotland voting on their future would cause "instability", then just weeks later saying that the whole UK needs to vote on its future in order to promote stability is clearly the worst kind of Orwellian nonsense, but again, little Englanders are clearly totally immune to cognitive dissonance, and Theresa May remains inexplicably popular!

The exodus

Within days of announcing her opportunistic snap election both of Theresa May's top spin doctors quit their jobs. Katie Perrior was the first to jump ship, and then Lizzie Louden followed her out a couple of days later.

The mainstream press has barely touched this extraordinary story of the Prime Minister's team abandoning her within days of her General Election announcement, but we all know that's how this works by now.

If it was two of Corbyn's top advisers jumping ship at the very beginning of his election campaign the press would be all over it like a rash, using it to condemn him as "weak" and "unelectable". But because it's Theresa May she gets a free pass, because her senior advisers quitting goes totally against the predetermined media narrative that she's a "strong" and "stable" leader.

The bias in the mainstream media is as easy to spot in what they omit to cover, as it is in the skewed way they choose to cover the things they do decide to give coverage to.

Are we a nation of gullible idiots?

The only way the right-wing propaganda merchants could possibly imagine that the public would accept counterfactual "black is white" guff they're peddling about Theresa May is if they hold us in utter contempt.

They despise us, and think we're such gullible idiots that we'll just rote learn their ridiculous propaganda and then dutifully go out and vote for Theresa May because they told us to!.

The result of the General Election on June 8th will reveal whether they are right.


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What do these workers think about Theresa May's speech?


Just look at their faces. Do these GSK workers in Maidenhead look like people who are there willingly? Do they look like people who are enthused by what they're hearing?

Of course they don't. They look like people who have been compelled by their employer into listening to Theresa May speak under threat of repercussions if they dare cause any trouble.

They look like that because that's exactly what they are: Unwilling participants in a stitch up between the Tory party and their employer to make it look like Theresa May actually has an audience beyond hand-picked stage managed crowds of Tory party loyalists bussed in from miles away, which was provably the case at her election launch event at the golf club in Bolton.


Not only were these poor workers compelled by their employer to act as photo fodder for Theresa May's propaganda team, they were also apparently barred from talking to reporters after the event too.

If GSK and the Tory propaganda team cobbled together a deal to bar the workers from speaking to the press after the event, what does this say about the company? And what does it say about the Tory party's attitude to workers?

The GSK company guidelines say "be clear, be honest, be open ... even when it's difficult", so if they barred their workers from speaking frankly to the press about their personal views on Theresa May's speech, haven't the company forced their workers to breech their own company guidelines?

As for the Tory party, what does it say about them that they think they've got the right to compel workers to listen to their tedious speeches and then ban them from speaking to the press about it? Having their corporate mates gag their workers from expressing their personal opinions, presumably under threat of disciplinary action, is pretty extreme stuff for a party that pretends to be on the side of working people isn't it?

The Tory government has already overseen the longest sustained decline in wages since records began (meaning average wages are 10% below the 2008 level), and stripped away workers' rights, like the right to seek unfair dismissal compensation without paying massive fees in order to access the "justice" system.

The idea of gagging workers from expressing their personal opinions is just another demonstration of elitist Tory control-freakery.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

An open letter to anyone who claims to be voting Tory for the sake of their grandchildren


Dear Tory voter,

I'm writing this letter about the unbelievable claim that you made about how you would be voting Tory at the General Election because you care so much about the future your grandchildren will be facing!

I'd just like to clarify a few things:


You're going to vote for a woman who U-turns so regularly it's impossible to know which way she'll be facing tomorrow?
Presumably you want your grandchildren to grow up in a world where their political leaders just make things up as they go along to suit their own self-interest.

You're going to vote for a woman whose political party has already condemned 400,000 British kids to growing up in poverty, and who just condemned another 250,000 more to poverty with the child welfare and in-work benefits cuts they introduced at the beginning of April?
Presumably you want your grandchildren and/or their peers to spend their childhood years living in poverty.


You're going to vote for a woman whose political party has overseen the longest sustained decline in real wages since records began, meaning average real wages are an incredible 10% lower now than they were in 2008? 
Presumably you don't want your grandchildren to have well paid jobs.

You're going to vote for a woman who licks the boots of Saudi Islamist war criminals and the brutal Turkish tyrant Recep Erdo─čan
Presumably you want your grandchildren to grow up in a world where Islamist war criminals and repressive dictators have more sway with the British government than your grandkids do themselves.

You're going to vote for a woman who has cut real terms spending on education in order to fund tax cuts for her rich mates?
Presumably you don't want your grandchildren to grow up to be smart and well educated.

You're going to vote for a woman who is pushing the NHS to the brink of destruction with her severe funding cuts, hospital closures, her health secretary's ideological war with the junior doctors and the recruitment crisis she's exacerbated by driving EU nurses out of the NHS whilst simultaneously deterring tens of thousands of potential future nurses by scrapping the NHS bursaries?
Presumably you don't want your grandchildren to have access to a functioning health service that is provided on the basis of need, rather than the ability to pay for it?


You're going to vote for a woman whose party introduced the highest public university fees in the world for students in England, ensuring that 2/3 of today's students will never pay off their student debts in their entire working lives, despite paying a whopping 9% aspiration tax on their disposable income for having dared to try to better themselves? 
Presumably you don't want your grandchildren to get a professional qualification of any kind, or a massive unpayable debt mountain if they do have such aspirations.

You're going to vote for a woman who is vowing to strip UK citizens of their right to live, work, study or retire in any one of 27 other European nations in order to appease the anti-immigrant fanaticism of the hard-right demographic?
Presumably you don't want your grandchildren to have the same rights to travel and work abroad as you did yourself.


You're going to vote for a woman whose party has created far more new public debt in just seven years than every single Labour government in history combined?
Presumably you want your grandchildren to grow up paying off the massive debts that the Tories are obviously going to continue racking up in order to fund even more tax cuts for the already extremely rich.

You're going to vote for a woman whose party has overseen the least affordable house prices in history and the lowest level of new housebuilding since the 1920s?
Presumably you don't want your grandkids to ever own a house.


Just admit it. You're not really thinking about your grandchildren's interests at all are you? You're thinking entirely about yourself, and just invoking your poor grandchildren to present a (transparently thin) veneer of basic human decency to your utterly selfish "I'm alright Jack" attitude.

I feel sorry for your grandchildren having such a self-serving grandparent. I really do.

Tom (Another Angry Voice)



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How to answer the lazy "Corbyn is unelectable" propaganda trope


Political propaganda works by programming intellectually lazy people with very simple tropes that they can rote learn and regurgitate instead of doing the hard work of actually researching and thinking about the issues for themselves.

Two of the most ubiquitous of these glib political propaganda tropes are the "Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable" one and the "Theresa May is a strong leader one".

I've already written an article ripping the ludicrously counterfactual right-wing "Theresa May is a strong leader" trope to shreds (see here) and this article exists to confront the "Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable" one.

If every Labour Party supporter uses this as a reply every single time they see the "unelectable" trope being wheeled out, maybe it might eradicate this vacuous right-wing propaganda nonsense by getting people actually talking about Labour's actual policies, rather than just blibber-blabbering their rote-learned political propaganda tropes all over the place.

Reply to them with a link to this article and politely ask them to explain which of Corbyn's policies they actually oppose, and why.


20 Labour Party policies

Ban companies based in tax havens bidding for government contracts
It's astounding that this isn't the case already. How on earth could anyone even attempt to justify taxpayers' cash being paid to companies based in tax havens for the purpose of dodging tax?

£10 minimum wage for all workers over the age of 18
The UK is the only country in the developed world where workers' wages are declining in real terms, while the economy is actually growing. A £10 minimum wage would help to reverse this scenario, and it would also significantly reduce the cost of in-work benefits like tax credits and housing benefit (most of which goes to working families these days).

All rented accommodation to be fit for human habitation
Again, astounding that this isn't the case already, but in January 2016 the Tories (over 1/3 of whom are landlords) deliberately voted down a Labour Party amendment to their housing bill to ensure that all rented accommodation is fit for human habitation.

Renationalise the railways
This is a very popular policy that is supported by an overwhelming majority of the public. Do you support rail renationalisation too, or are you one of the minority who think that the current shambles is acceptable?

Renationalise the NHS
The Tory party have been carving up the English NHS and distributing the pieces to the private sector, Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to reverse this process. Are you one of the 84% of people who thinks the NHS should be run as a not for profit public service, or the 7% who agree with the ongoing Tory privatisation agenda?

Free school meals
The policy of providing free school meals to all school children between the ages of 4 and 11 is based on evidence based research showing that universal free school meals lead to significantly improved grades. It will be paid for by ending the generous tax breaks (public subsidies) for the 7% of kids who go to private fee-paying schools.

Create a National Education Service
Jeremy Corbyn believes that education is a right, not a commodity. He wants to create an integrated National Education Service to ensure that education is freely available to anyone who needs it.

Scrap tuition fees
Thanks to the Tories (and their Lib-Dem enablers) UK students now face the most expensive tuition fees in the industrialised world for study at public universities, meaning students typically leave university with £50,000 of debt, and two thirds of them will never pay off their student debts. Labour would end this lunacy by getting rid of student fees.

Restore NHS Bursaries
One of the first things Theresa My did when she came to power was to scrap NHS bursaries for nurses and other NHS workers. This removal of financial support for nurses has caused a huge 10,000 decline in the number of applicants to nursing courses. This collapse in nursing recruitment would be bad enough in its own right, but in combination with a record increase in the number of EU nurses quitting the NHS and a mind-boggling 92% fall in nursing recruitment from EU countries, the UK is clearly facing a massive NHS recruitment crisis. Labour would reverse this calamitous state of affairs by restoring NHS Bursaries for trainee nurses.


Increase the carers allowance
Labour are proposing to increase the Carers Allowance for the 1 million unpaid carers in the UK. This would be paid for by scrapping the Tories' Inheritance Tax cut for millionaires. Unpaid carers save the UK economy an estimated £132 million a year, and they're doing ever more work as a result of the £4.6 billion in Tory cuts to the social care budget.

Create a National Investment Bank
This is actually one of Jeremy Corbyn's best policies, but few people actually understand it. It's absolutely clear that allowing private banks to determine where money is invested ends up in huge speculative bubbles in housing and financial derivatives, while the real economy is starved of cash. A National Investment Bank would work by investing in things like infrastructure, services, businesses and regional development projects, and would end up becoming a kind of sovereign wealth fund for the UK.

End the public sector pay freeze
Under Tory rule UK workers suffered the longest sustained decline in real wages since records began. The public sector pay freeze contributed massively to this. You'd have to be economically illiterate to imagine that repressing public sector wages with below inflation pay rises for year after year would not exert downwards pressure on private sector wages too. Ending the public sector pay freeze would actually boost the economy by putting more money in people's pockets, meaning an increase in aggregate demand.


End sweetheart tax deals between HMRC and massive corporations

David Cameron (the son of a tax-dodger) repeatedly lied through his teeth about how serious he was about confronting tax-dodging, whilst allowing HMRC to concoct sweetheart deals with corporations like Google, Vodafone and Starbucks. One of the main reasons the corporate press are so strongly opposed to Jeremy Corbyn is that they know that unlike David Cameron, he's serious when he talks about clamping down on tax-dodging.

Stop major corporations ripping off their suppliers
Major corporations are withholding an astounding £26 billion through late payment, which is responsible for an estimated 50,000 small businesses going bust every year. The scale of this problem is so massive that it should be a national scandal, and Jeremy Corbyn is absolutely right to align himself with small businesses to defend their interests. 

Reverse the Tory corporation tax cuts
Since 2010 the Tories have cut the rate of corporation tax for major multinational corporations from 28% to just 17% (by 2020) meaning the UK has one of the lowest corporation tax rates in the developed world. The global average is 27% and the G7 average is 32.3%. Theresa May has already threatened to lower the corporation tax even further to turn post-brexit Britiain into a tax haven economy. Corbyn is proposing to do the opposite and increase corporation tax rates so they're more in line with the rest of the developed world.

Defend Human Rights
Theresa May has repeatedly expressed her intention to tear up Winston Churchill's finest legacy, the European Convention on Human Rights. Labour would oppose this Tory attack on our human rights.

Zero Hours Contracts ban
Almost a million UK workers are now on exploitative Zero Hours Contracts. Last year the New Zealand parliament voted to ban them, and Labour is proposing to do the same. Long-term employees and workers doing regular hours would be protected from Zero Hours Contract exploitation.

Holding the Tories to account over Brexit

Labour have said that they won't block Brexit, but they will seek to hold the Tories to account over it. A landslide Tory victory would be a disaster for the UK because it would allow Theresa May to pursue the most right-wing pro-corporate anti-worker Brexit possible with almost no democratic scrutiny. The only way to make sure the Tories don't push a fanatically right-wing Brexit on the nation is to ensure that there are plenty of opposition MPs to hold them to account.

Housebuilding
Under the Tory government the level of UK housebuilding has slumped to the lowest levels since the 1920s, even though demand for housing is extremely high. Labour are guaranteeing to invest in a programme of housebuilding, and committing to ensure that half of the new houses are social housing. This wouldn't just alleviate the housing crisis, it would also stimulate the economy by increasing aggregate demand by creating lots of construction jobs and demand for building supplies.

Combat inequality
George Osborne's ideological austerity agenda resulted in the longest sustained decline in workers' wages since records began and condemned an additional 400,000 children to growing up in poverty, meanwhile the tiny super-rich majority literally doubled their wealth. Labour is pledging to reduce the inequality gap and introduce progressive policies to reduce the gap between the incomes of the highest and lowest paid. There is plenty of evidence to show that the least unequal societies are more economically successful places where the people are happier.


Conclusion

Remember to save the link to this article in your bookmarks so you can paste a link to it every time you see the "unelectable" trope being wheeled out.

Also - don't forget to check what people come back with and ask them "why are you lying?" if they lazily churn out stuff like blatant misrepresentations of his Brexit policy, claims he supports "uncontrolled immigration", or the usual misleading piffle that people have rote learned from the despicable right-wing propaganda rags.


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