The Labour Leadership Race: Part II

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The Labour leadership race is heating up, but not exactly in the direction you would have hoped it would have

The last two of the frontrunners in the Labour leadership race are interesting: one believes, just like David Cameron, that there is a lot wrong with many of our public services, all of a sudden, and should be reformed, while the other is so deeply interested in voicing an opinion on political matters and doing things.

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn is the most popular candidate to come out this side of the leadership race. He wants to raise taxes for the rich classes, print more and more money and collect revenues from a missing tax bracket that, according to him exists, permitting many to avoid paying their taxes.

Corbyn is also quite vocal of a person about many matters, such as banks needing more regulation, getting more maintenance grants for students in schools, prioritizing immigration even though he is known to not have spoken up too much about the topic before, likes to talk about socialist causes, wants to scrap the Trident as well, and pull the United Kingdom out of NATO, give more control to government of the nationalization of railways, and believes that nobody should live in absolute poverty, in one of the richest countries of the world.

Printing more money to solve a financial crisis can be catastrophic. When there has been a global event, that has impacted all countries, all the way from France to India, such as the First World War, or a global recession, it’s not always wise to print money to provide you with the quenching of expenses you require, all of the houses you need to build to find a space for people to reside in and all of the public spaces you need to construct.

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This is because inflation rates are high, markets keep tumbling and certain sections of society are hit the hardest, usually the most vulnerable, such as workers, the middle class and pensioners. They are made homeless, food-less, as more and more money is printed in the face of rising inflation. Money loses value when a government takes bad decisions as these, but it’s not shocking to see a novice like Corbyn suggest so.

He is a rather fired-up person, in my point of view, about a lot of issues in the day. We cannot pull the United Kingdom, out of NATO, because it is a strategic military alliance that is very important to the North Atlantic. It seems to me that every new “leader” that comes out to contest for the leadership race only wants us to pull out of various unions and organisations, because they believe they know better. But they do not. They do not know better because there is great strength in strategic alliances.

Banks do need regulation when you think of the people that often get selected to sit atop it all amidst a lot of fanfare but other than that they are the most agreeable bunch you will ever meet: if there was ever proof that great minds think alike, then this would be just that. Banks in London help the economy because they are now in fact in one of its all-time strongest position ever.

On immigration (like, for student maintenance grants, where it seems to me that Corbyn likes to be far too kind, than hard times should ever really dictate) I believe that Corbyn’s stance is too pro-refugees. And I disagree with all of that, because there is no way we can simply open up our borders like the former Home Secretary Theresa May, would have perhaps wished for. One thing that greatly puzzles me is that why are people escaping their lands all of a sudden and why is Europe seeing a boat crisis? There are a lot of people in the world very invested in solving conflicts and poverty questions in places like Darfur, for example.

Apart from an obvious and clear and present lack of national pride, that these people exhibit, there is also the small matter that this all appears to be so disturbing to us Europeans/Asians: they are fleeing their country in throngs and coming to live in countries that have worked very hard to earn a peaceful existence. It does take time to solve a national crisis, as you can see unfolding with the peace situation in Afghanistan and how it impacts people there on a daily basis, but wishing for a better life in another country, is not only doing absolutely nothing at all for the Gulf state, a place that is supposed to be their home, a land that is supposed to be theirs, it’s also exhibiting a total disregard for European countries.

Liz Kendall

Kendall believes in early childhood development and would love to see free schools around for young children to benefit from. She wants immigrants to come into the country and accomodate them spaces in social housing. I disagree with her there because it is hard enough to accomodate English people in social housing, all of them who need it, to actually permit migrants floating on boats in Calais to come here and take all of their rights away.

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She believes that Europeans who come here should not claim benefits but should rather work – that in my opinion, depends on what kind of benefits they are seeking because benefits exist to help cushion hard circumstances. Naturally, when you get on benefits you should not make a habit out of it, but that is where benefits abuse comes along because if you don’t need it, why are you still interested in it?

I do not agree with her that our public services need improvement, either – if it’s not broken, there is no need to fix any of it. And it’s not, but we do need plenty of new developments, upgrades and looking after heritage sites. I think Kendall feels things too strongly, at times – she actually abstained on voting on welfare reform, because Labour was not trusted to deal with it any longer. At this rate, if she is fortunate to still have a good future in politics, she will never get anything done at all, aside from hopping around important topics because she can never be strong enough.

“This” might be one of the richest countries in the world  but Kendall wants to shape things around here – smart thinking! She wants to take her credibility in politics earned, when Ed Miliband was still a “glorious” figure in Westminster, but giving preference to women over men who deserve a job is unfair. A woman should earn a job just like any individual does, not because of their sex – not only would that be self-satisfying that would also be a really dignified way to congratulate yourself for finally earning the right to work, just like men!


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