Today is October 12th, exactly one month after Jeremy Corbyn was announced as the new leader of the Labour party. It’s been a series of ups and downs, so here are some of my personal high – and low – lights.
Today, I became a paid member of the Labour Party. Why?
I have one answer: Jeremy Corbyn.
I have supported Labour for a really long time. I carried Ed Miliband’s manifesto pledges in my purse for months. I still have it now. But as much as I like Ed, his policies were, at best, vague. I think he’s a great guy and I have a lot of respect for him, but I never felt completely dedicated to his cause.
July 8th, 2015. The day that Chancellor George Osbourne revealed his ‘emergency budget’ in parliament. I’m still unsure of the exact nature of said ‘emergency’, but there you go.
I read lots of speculative pieces, and most of them were right in their predictions. I think my favourite headline of the past week is this one, in which Osbourne announced that £20 billion in welfare cuts had been found. Clearly it had ran away from home or something.
So, what did the first Conservative-only budget in nineteen years pledge? You can find out what it means for you here.
Turn on the news – the EU. Open a paper – the EU. Go on any website – the EU.
There is no doubt, the European Union is a huge talking point at the moment, and it has been for a while. Why? One reason springs to mind: the rise of UKIP.
Ever since UKIP’s victory at the European Elections (which confuses me greatly, why stand for election to a parliament that you don’t believe in, and then not make the best of a bad situation?), the country has been swept with EU-mania. Before the 2015 General Election, Nick Clegg (former leader of the Liberal Democrats) and Nigel Farage (leader of UKIP) debated the issue on live television, accompanied by the seemingly ever-present David Dimbleby. That debate is more crucial than ever as Prime Minister David Cameron tries to renegotiate the UK’s role in the EU before an in/out referendum sometime in the next year.