Letter: Maybe we should give the Labour leader a chance

Time to give Labour leader a chance.
Time to give Labour leader a chance.

Over the past few months Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has faced a barrage of criticism regarding his leadership.

He has been constantly undermined by supposedly neutral journalists for superficial reasons: mainly for not being adequately sensitive to the semiotics of British culture.

Much of the vitriol propagated by the media outlets is incredibly unfair and serves to divert our attention away from his policies; fixating it instead on his lack of leadership qualities.

If the right wing of his own party had backed him from the start, rather than echo media narratives, the party would now be in a much stronger position and the popularity polls would surely reflect that.

One of the main points of contention against Jeremy Corbyn’s socialist ideas is that he, and those that back him, espouse a: naïve, utopian, even dogmatic vision that is too idealistic to ever implement. But if you look back at the things Labour have achieved in their history, it is evident that they would never have happened if we only had the ‘pragmatism’ of today.

For instance, without ideals, Aneurin Bevan, and the Labour government of 1945, would never have fought for the ideal that good healthcare be available to everyone regardless of wealth.

We would not now have an NHS, free at the point of use.

So, when politicians are valorised for their pragmatic, realistic vision, I think about what ‘pragmatism’ really means for those that work hard every day, but still struggle to get by.

Essentially, it means perpetuating and exacerbating economic inequality under the guise of the long discredited ‘invisible hand’ argument, whilst simultaneously appeasing the social justice wing of the party with half- hearted concerns about identity politics.

It also means tax cuts for the richest; austerity for the poorest; privatisation of the NHS; deregulation of finance; lack of rent controls, no council housing; in-work benefits to make up for disgustingly low wages. Pragmatism, in a nutshell, means retaining the status quo; it is about keeping society rigged in favour of elites.

I am an unapologetic advocate of Jeremy Corbyn’s vision for our country.

It is my view that austerity can only lead to a situation where people hold on to their money, and by doing so, negatively impact demand thereby slowing down the economy.

Corbyn promises to reverse this neoliberal orthodoxy and I think we should give him a chance.

Paul Tatterton

The Oval, Pocklington