By a Corbyn supporter, fearful of how the Tories vulnerability and weakness following the referendum will cause them to mount a huge onslaught against Jeremy Corbyn, an entirely unjustified onslaught, to deflect attention away from a disunited Tory party in turmoil.
The mainstream media, Tories, UKIP, anti-Corbyn Labour MP’s etc., will try to find any statistics possible and completely ignore all of the other evidence, they won’t care that it’s wrong or that they’ve purposefully misinterpreted or twisted the statistics, they’ll use anything and everything to try and prevent any changes for the better, so they can continue to make changes for the worse…
Corbyn and his supporters terrify those, currently, with all the power.
It is looking likely, although this could obviously change, that the majority of ‘ordinary working people’ will vote to in the upcoming EU referendum ( leavehttp://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/jun/10/working-class-britain-brexity-betrayed-labour-vote-leave).
This poses a huge dilemma for Jeremy Corbyn and one that the Tories, UKIP, the mainstream media and anti-Corbyn Labour MP’s/supporters will no doubt pounce upon.
The barrage of attacks, which Corbyn has faced since his election as leader of the Labour Party, will be ripples compared to the tsunami of attacks that is sure to come his way following the EU referendum.
Whether we vote to remain or leave, if the majority/a large enough amount of ordinary working people/core Labour supporters do vote to leave – this will undoubtedly be used to suggest that Corbyn’s stance to remain and his stance on immigration, shows that Corbyn doesn’t represent the people he purports to and should represent.
Regardless of whether or not this is true, which obviously it isn’t the truth at all, it might however give the Tories, mainstream media, UKIP and anti-Corbyn Labour MP’s/supporters the perfect weapon.
There will be many articles written about Corbyn and he will, undoubtedly, be asked the irreverent binary questions which journalists and politicians love to ask, such as (although better worded and much more deceiving and deceitful than these) –
‘Corbyn is anti-democratic for refusing to switch his views on the EU and immigration, despite the majority of ordinary hardworking British people being against the EU and immigration.’
‘Majority of ordinary working people/core labour supporters voted to leave, Corbyn’s position as leader was already tenuous, he clearly doesn’t represent these people and it’s time for a change.’
‘Your remain and ‘pro-immigration’ stance are at odds with those you represent, will you now change to represent them?’
‘Corbyn claims to represent workers rights, but he puts the rights of foreigners above the rights of British workers.’
‘How can Labour continue to have a pro-EU, pro-immigration leader, while Labour voters voted to leave?’
Those are a few examples of what to expect, they’re not my views, I find them despicable and repulsive! Based on what we’ve witnessed so far against Corbyn and the fact that the Tories will be so weak, they will, unfortunately, be plastered across the mainstream media, picked up on by the BBC, the Tories will use them and so will the others mentioned.
The Tory party is in turmoil, not in my lifetime has there been a government with such disunity. This is, however, only year one of the Tories five year fixed term parliament and once this referendum is over, regardless of the result, they will have a mammoth task to fix the problems they have within their own party, while continuing to destroy… sorry, govern… society.
What better way for the Tory party and their mainstream media chums to continue, while in such disarray and with such abhorrent policies, than to deflect attention from themselves onto those pesky foreigners, and to cause division and conflict within the main opposition party?
What better way for UKIP to continue their growth than to pounce on this and on the hysteria they’ve largely caused?
What better way for anti-Corbyn Labour MP’s/supporters also to continue with their agenda than to use a suggestion that Corbyn doesn’t represent ‘Labour people’?
This referendum has seen the spotlight firmly shone on some of the biggest problems society faces; a crumbling NHS, housing and education shortages and the many many problems regarding jobs, pay and the cost of living. These are some of the main issues causing the anger which is fuelling a large majority of those wishing to leave the EU, with the cause of everything supposedly being immigration.
Can Corbyn and his supporters convince people that immigration isn’t the cause in time for the referendum? I highly doubt it. This is the dilemma Corbyn faces, we’ve already seen sections of Labour repositioning themselves, ready for either a vote to leave or for when the majority of ordinary working people vote to leave.
Should Corbyn change his stance on the EU even further than he has done, by his supporting of a remain vote? In doing so, he’ll have to ditch a part of what makes so many of us respect and support him – his sincerity and his principles – No, he shouldn’t.
If, as predicted, the majority of ordinary working people vote to leave, will his perceived ‘pro-immigration’ and ‘pro-EU’ stance leave him open to attack? Will it be, from their point of view, the perfect weapon and tool to deflect attention from the turmoil within the Tories, from the problems in society so many are angry about and the terribly fragile and weak economy? Help UKIP to continue their ill-gotten growth? Help anti-Corbyn Labour MP’s to drive the wedge which they’ve been holding, waiting to drive between the Labour Party?
It is highly likely that we will see this, it is something that he and his supporters need to be extremely worried about, but there is a way that Corbyn can prepare and actually flip this, not to exploit and use as a weapon, that’s not his style, but there will be an opportunity for Corbyn that, personally, I believe he and his supporters could take.
There are a few things that I believe Corbyn could/should/needs to do before the referendum:
Raise awareness to the free movement of people (immigration) that other countries have accepted when negotiating trade deals. Show Labour supporters and ordinary working people that immigration will still happen if they vote to leave. As, regardless of whether one is pro/anti or not really bothered by immigration, knowing that it will remain with a vote to leave will make a large amount of people rethink their position. It could make some consider different reasons as to whether to vote to remain or leave, seeing as a lot of those anti-immigration haven’t really considered anything but immigration. It could also make some consider what the other causes of societies problems are.
Personally I wouldn’t try to bring too much attention to the positives of immigration as this leaves him open to the problem I’ve outlined above – regarding not representing ‘ordinary working people’. Although it might be possible to at least say a few positives about the staff in the NHS, the net positive contribution that immigrants make to the UK and possibly a few more, without it being too much.
The biggest thing to draw people’s attention to is the actual issues themselves, rather than the supposed cause.
If there is one positive to take away from this referendum happening, it’s the way in which it’s highlighted the serious problems many of us face with regards mainly to health, education, housing, jobs and living standards.
Corbyn needs to focus on these and explain how his plans, regardless of whether we have immigration or not and regardless of whether we’re a part of the EU or not, his plans will by and large solve these problems.
I think that there is even an opportunity to bring into question the Tory party’s ability to govern society considering the disunity and turmoil. I think Corbyn can also point to the problems in society, the anger out there that this referendum has brought out, and put to society the idea that we could possibly/should have a general election so as to give society a democratic decision on how we solve these problems and because the Tories are unfit to continue.
I believe there is an opportunity to take the conversation away from some of the things Tories claim as ‘successes’, such as the minimum/living wage and instead focus on what we’re able to buy with that amount instead. As, it doesn’t matter if the minimum wage rises if the cost of housing, shopping and pretty much all of the essentials and beyond are rising much further. Take the discussion away from Osborne raising the minimum wage onto where else the government can help people to have more.
Either before and/or after the referendum, Corbyn’s stance on immigration will be highlighted, but this gives him the opportunity to instead focus on the actual problems rather than the supposed cause.
The message, I believe, that Corbyn needs to repeat is about these actual problems, which millions are directly affected by and rightly angry about. The Leave campaign has brought the focus onto these and serious questions are now being asked about what needs to happen and be done about them, but the Tories don’t have the answers, Corbyn does.
I do fear, because workers rights and Corbyn/Labour in general have been missing from the debates within the mainstream, that this makes Corbyn look like he’s not involved in what is, to many, the biggest decision they’ll ever make politically. There could be an argument that the Tories are the ‘big boys’, the adults having a discussion of which the children (Corbyn/Labour) are not a part of.
Will the above leave Corbyn open to attacks of being ineffective? Attacks of not being able to convince people, like he will need to do for the general election? Again, to make this clear, that isn’t my view, it’s what I’m worried that the media and specifically, with this latest point, something which anti-Corbyn Labour MP’s/supporters may question and use for their own agenda.
Corbyn can, though, join the mainstream debate by raising serious doubts about the Tories ability to govern and about the problems that have now joined the centre stage.
The Tories are in no fit shape to govern and this is something that we can raise awareness to, to those angry at the problems they believe are caused by immigration. Corbyn can, possibly, go on the offensive against the Tories, instead of being at the brunt of the many, many attacks.
On the 24th of June, once the referendum is decided, the anger about education, health, housing, jobs and living standards will remain, the problems either way will remain. In-fact, either way the problems will worsen, arguably and to a debatable extent more so if we vote to leave, but we’ll still have a Tory government. A Tory government hellbent on destroying the lives of many for the benefit of such a tiny few.
This is the perfect opportunity for Corbyn and Labour (hopefully a united Labour) to pile the pressure on a government not in any position to offer any serious defence; disunited and in turmoil.
Corbyn, Labour and their supporters need to be prepared for the attacks that will undoubtedly come and that will undoubtedly be the most severe we’ve ever witnessed, attacks to deflect attention, cause conflict, divisions and so on.
Corbyn, Labour and their supporters need to be prepared to make the discussion be about the problems, while there is such anger and opportunity to do so.
Jeremy Corbyn needs to be prepared for what will be thrown at him, he needs to be prepared to throw back that which we’re all counting on and hoping for him to do so.
We can’t hide away from this, we all, including Jeremy Corbyn, need to be prepared. This is why I’m writing this, to be prepared and ready for what is to come and I hope and pray that Jeremy Corbyn see’s this, that enough of his supporters see this and we avoid what will be a terribly arduous and difficult few months ahead, but one that we can be prepared for, if people help to spread this as far and wide as possible, please!
Are you prepared Jeremy? I believe you will be if we all come together and prepare for the battles ahead, in solidarity.
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