The Guardian view on the election: it’s Labour : The Guardian

For the fourth time in three years, Britain is once again at a moment of reckoning. Since 2014, powerful forces have threatened to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect have been damaged by a series of votes that have divided us from each other and the rest of the world. Next week, the British people have a chance to change that: to begin unwinding a political project of isolationist policies that with Brexit has seeded a fear of the future; to dispense with an economy where chief executives’ pay races ahead while the poorer half of the population sees income fall; to jettison the Victorian idea that moral courage and enterprise could replace the state in securing people’s freedom from want, ignorance and disease. The opportunity to reverse direction is the outcome of a series of votes that have shaken post-crash Britain. These started with SNP dominance in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum. The vote last year on Britain’s membership of the European Union has also shrunk, for very different reasons, Ukip and the Liberal Democrats. The result is that, in England and Wales, we have the return of two-party politics and a straight choice between a Labour or a Conservative government.

An unnecessary election

These votes have shown an undoubted, if perhaps inchoate, wish for a different, fairer, better and more decent Britain – one that is less divided and more socially just; one that is more hopeful and less fearful. People are worn down by an economy that depends on stagnating pay to shore up employment and a hollowing out of civic life.

The Conservatives do not deserve our vote. Their claim that they will use the power of the state to help people and promise to raise the living wage, build affordable housing and deal with spiralling energy prices is a welcome development but one not matched by their policies. Their uncosted manifesto is a diversion from the consistently callous and negligent record in office.

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7 Comments

  1. The Conservatives do not deserve our vote. Their claim that they will use the power of the state to help people and promise to raise the living wage, build affordable housing and deal with spiralling energy prices is a welcome development but one not matched by their policies.

    Correct…they’ve had well over six years to prove they would do all that…instead it’s the opposite, and shock horror…massive tax breaks for the very rich.

    Jeremy Corbyn has been consistent over the years, unlike May and her predecessor Cameron who are nothing but dirty filthy self serving liars and charlatans, Corbyn at least talks the talk and walks the walk.

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  2. Some of the best comments in a newspaper I’ve ever seen.
    Here’s just one…

    Forthestate 227632
    11h ago

    For those of us who have supported Corbyn from the outset, and have had to watch him disappear from view under the poison cloud of vitriol in which this newspaper and the media in general enshrouded him, whilst his supporters were called “fucking fools” and told to “change their fucking minds”, there is precious little comfort from support offered far too late, once as much damage as could be inflicted has taken its toll. And what credibility does it have? How much value can there be in the support of people who insisted, until a few days ago, that Corbyn was to blame for all his party’s ills and had to go? How much of an epiphany have these people had that wasn’t induced by the imminent prospect of alienating themselves irretrievably from the most exciting force in British politics for many years, having failed in their concerted attempt too bury it. Reading this belated and nauseating acknowledgement of Corbyn’s success, which never once admits how very wrong it has been, or regrets the role it has played in damaging his prospects, I feel nothing but contempt. What a shower of a performance it has been.

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