5 Reasons Americans Should Know And Love Jeremy Corbyn
Start writing a post

5 Reasons Americans Should Know And Love Jeremy Corbyn

What you should know about Britain's potential new Prime Minister

5 Reasons Americans Should Know And Love Jeremy Corbyn

So you should probably be aware by now that Great Britain – my homeland, and I would argue, current reigning champion of the ‘who can be most politically unstable’ competition that most of the western world appears to be taking part in – will be having a general election in June. This is an early, ‘snap’ election, (our last election was in 2015, and we weren’t due another until 2020), and will decide whether our current Conservative government – led by Prime Minister Theresa May – retains power, or another party will take over. British politics typically sees leaders from one of the two main parties, Conservative and Labour, in charge at any given time, (though there have been some exceptions; our previous government was a coalition between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, but since the Liberal Democrats almost immediately back-peddled on their promise to keep tuition fees low for students, they’re now sort of regarded as a non-starter for many people).

This election has really provided me with something to look forward to when I finish this exchange – besides seeing my family and friends, obviously – because I was too young to vote in the last general election, and I’m really excited to cast my vote now, and take part in the democratic process. This is despite the fact that opinion poll ratings for the leader of my preferred party – Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour party - are pretty low currently, suggesting that as happened when I voted in the referendum on Britain’s place in the EU, we may not actually get the election result I want us to get, (because politics, right? Why can’t it just be what I want all the time?) Yet, I remain hopeful. Jeremy Corbyn is not only a good candidate for Prime Minister, but a good person, and one who I would love to have running the government. With that in mind, America, I present you with five reasons you should know and love Jeremy Corbyn.

1. Mr Corbyn has a long history as a social justice advocate

From his protesting against apartheid outside the South African embassy in 1984, to his campaigning to support the wrongly convicted Guildford Four and Birmingham Six during the height of the Northern Irish troubles, his objection to raising of tuition fees, his opposition to Margaret Thatcher’s support of Chilean dictator Pinochet, his challenging of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001, his public and vocal support for a woman’s right to abortion, his support of the miners’ strikes under Thatcher, to his early championing of LGBT rights often in the face of other members of his party, Corbyn has consistently been on the side of social justice and equality.

2. He isn’t into appearance-based politics.

In a world where our last Labour leader was hounded on by the media for both looking a bit like Wallace from Wallace and Gromit, and being photographed whilst eating a sandwich a little clumsily, and where newspapers seem more interested in our Prime Minister’s kitten heels than her policies, Mr Corbyn refuses to engage with appearance-based politics. Here he is in 1984, defending his decision to wear a jumper knitted by his mum, in the face of Conservative criticism that it made him look ‘scruffy’, on the basis that ‘it’s not a fashion parade… it’s a place where the people are represented’.

3. He encourages disenfranchised people to vote

When Corbyn’s leadership was called into question my members of Labour convinced he doesn’t have what it takes to win a general election, a new leadership vote was called, and hundreds of thousands of new members joined the party, many wanting to vote for Corbyn’s continued leadership. Posts featuring Jeremy Corbyn are guaranteed to have comments posted by individuals who feel that the majority of politicians today don’t speak for ‘normal’ people like themselves, but that Jeremy Corbyn does.

4. He sticks to his principles

Corbyn’s principles are so hardened that he allows not even his personal life to take precedence over them; in 1999, Corbyn and his wife divorced over her belief that their son should attend a grammar school, and his belief that this was at odds with his opposition to selective education.

5. He’s environmentally friendly

Corbyn’s manifesto detailed plans for a ‘Green Investment Bank’ which would invest in renewable energy sources, he’s publicly opposed hydraulic fracking, and has pledged to support increased funding for public transport in order to improve air quality. elecCorbyn’s well loved by his supporters for his neglecting to drive, instead opting for travelling on his trusty red bicycle, (fun fact – a campaign aiming to raise £475 to buy Corbyn the bike he confessed to be his ‘dream bike’ in an interview, which in fact raised £6000, was instead donated by Mr Corbyn to charity).

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Types of ice cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? People from all over the world enjoy the frozen dessert, but different countries have their own twists on the classic treat.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

100 Reasons to Choose Happiness

Happy Moments to Brighten Your Day!

A man with a white beard and mustache wearing a hat

As any other person on this planet, it sometimes can be hard to find the good in things. However, as I have always tried my hardest to find happiness in any and every moment and just generally always try to find the best in every situation, I have realized that your own happiness is much more important than people often think. Finding the good in any situation can help you to find happiness in some of the simplest and unexpected places.

Keep Reading...Show less

Remember The True Meaning of Christmas

“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?”

A painting of the virgin Mary, the baby Jesus, and the wise men

It’s everyone’s favorite time of year. Christmastime is a celebration, but have we forgotten what we are supposed to be celebrating? There is a reason the holiday is called Christmas. Not presentmas. Not Santamas. Not Swiftmas. Christmas.

boy standing in front of man wearing santa claus costume Photo by __ drz __ on Unsplash

What many people forget is that there is no Christmas without Christ. Not only is this a time to spend with your family and loved ones, it is a time to reflect on the blessings we have gotten from Jesus. After all, it is His birthday.

Keep Reading...Show less
Golden retriever sat on the sand with ocean in the background
Photo by Justin Aikin on Unsplash

Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore my dog. I am constantly talking about my love for her. I attribute many of my dog's amazing qualities to her breed. She is a purebred Golden Retriever, and because of this I am a self-proclaimed expert on why these are the best pets a family could have. Here are 11 reasons why Goldens are the undisputed best dog breed in the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

Boyfriend's Christmas Wishlist: 23 Best Gift Ideas for Her

Here are the gifts I would like to ask my boyfriend for to make this season unforgettable.

Young woman opening a Christmas gift

Recently, an article on Total Sorority Move called 23 Things My Boyfriend Better Not Get Me For Christmas, was going around on social media. I hope the author of this was kidding or using digital sarcasm, but I am still repulsed and shocked by the lack of appreciation throughout this article. I would like to represent the girlfriends out there who disagree with her standpoint -- the girlfriends who would be more than happy to receive any of these gifts from their boyfriends.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments