I am not a politician, but I am a 54-year-old citizen of the UK , with an opinion, a social concence,and interest in human rights & social issues
Statically I represent;
- 1 in 4 of the population in many of the groupings used to determine the national demographics by the office of national statistics in the UK.
- I am a former single parent.
- I am diagnosed with mental health illness.
- I am out of employment, declared unfit for work.
- I have household & utility expenses.
- I have tax’s
- I have physical health impairments
6. I have an interest in the economic & social welfare issues of this nation.
7.I have a degree from Wolverhampton university in health & welfare & social policy.
8. I have a family and friends & an interest in their future personal, social health wealth & economic prospects as well as an interest in their geographical & environmental well-being & the political impact of those who implement the institutions and systems that impact all of the above.
It is with this in mind that I feel compelled to speak up on the current rhetoric from the labour party coup leaders and supporters who, I believe , are manipulating media with smears against Jeremy Corbyn and anyone who supports him.
I am not , nor have I in recent years, been a labour voter, however I think Jeremy Corbyn’s track record as ;
1. a grass-roots labour supporter who has stood with the rank and file of labour supporters since he was a young man
2.a man who has spoken up for ;
civil rights ,
discrimination of race class & gender
Indeed on every issue of social, political and international injustice anyone chooses to consider, Jeremy Corbyn’s proven record of activism & office speaks for itself.
The documented video, media, and indeed most importantly, public record, clearly reflects his honour , integrity & passion for social justice, sought through peaceful and legal & political pathways is clear, and easily found via the internet and backed up by citations available from the above mentioned sources of documented evidence.
Owen Smith on the other hand, where are the citeations and documents that support evidence of his career path, Wikipedia?
Frankly, there’s little out there apart from what Wikipedia cites to tell us anything of value about Owen Smith, Not many videos of the self-proclaimed radical unifier of the labour party!
Not much to be found about Mr Smith other than what Wikipedia offers and cites,
BUT, I’m still looking, mostly cos I don’t want to believe that he is so silly as to believe that people with real socialist values don’t want some real evidence to support his claims, on all levels.
I want to see the cut of his C.V.
I want to see what his contribution to social change and reform amounts to.
I want to see what he’s done in his life to contribute to social change, things that benefits the people he wants me to believe he represents .
I want to see evidence of him speaking up for people like me, the 1 in 4 of the population as defined by government statistics.
I want to hear his speeches and debates that qualify him to lead the labour party and call himself a unifing radical socialest labour leader
I want to see the evidence of him standing with the rank and file as a citizens representing, workers, women, children, the poor, the unemployed , the NHS staff,
I want to hear his speeches to stop wars & oppression for all people , BUT frankly, I can’t find any evidence of that from the man claiming to be the man to unify and lead the labour party.
All I find coming up is links that show me him bitching and back biting at the man who has proven his worth & dedicated his life to standing with fellow citezens on the frontlines calling for equality, human rights & peacefully fighting through all pathways available to him for social fairness and justice for all people.
I may, or may not not agree completly with everything Jeremy Corbyn has every done or siad, however I beleive that he has proven himself a man of concience, of honour, of integrity , of respect , and most important of all, a man of the people who speaks honestly & candidly about his political & social beleives and who has citable evedence that reflect his practice of persuing his goals in a humble & honest manner.
I cannot find equal or convincing evidence that Owen Smith shares these vital personal, professional and political qualities in his mode of operation, and I invite any documentent evidence that suggest he does to be shown to me and and people like me that supports claims Smith is a suitable contender to lead the labour or any political party never mind head a government.