Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Corbyn, Why So Hostile to the Workers' Party?

Prime Minister's Questions 26th March 2016, Jeremy Corbyn showed his true stereotype and my blood boiled. On welfare reform he retorted at how disabled people would have been worried about changes to benefits and followed up saying;

"those members opposite wouldn't have any idea what it is like to have to balance a budget at home when you don't have any money coming in, the rent is going up and your children need clothes"

I have news for Corbyn. I'm a Conservative because I know what it is like to have to balance a budget with no money coming in, the rent going up and the children needed clothes.I needed, and got, welfare. I was forced from my rented house as I could no longer afford the rent and had to get emergency housing as I was homeless with a family. I found work as a farm labourer, it wasn't much but it paid. I got back on my feet, the welfare was no longer needed, I bought my own house. This is not a rare story and if Corbyn could countenance having a conversation with any number of Conservatives and he will find my story and background are quite typical.

What really makes my blood boil is that my background as a Conservative could not be more different from his as a Socialist. I had no private education, unlike Corbyn, my family had to graft and graft and often didn't make ends meet unlike Corbyn and I really do know what it's like to live in poverty unlike Corbyn. Also unlike Corbyn I know that what really terrifies is a plunging economy, seeing the news day after day reporting jobs being lost, unemployment rising and taxes increasing. A crashed economy can never help those who need support and Labour always, ALWAYS, crashes the economy and, as a person who has experienced real poverty this is the most terrifying.

I don't begrudge his privately funded primary education or the fact that he has no experience of being in genuine need. As a Conservative I want everyone to have a shot at the same opportunities, but I do object to his pretense that he has the monopoly of comprehension of what it's like to be in need. Just because he has advisers, has spoken to constituents and attends rallies he seems to adopt an evangelical understanding of the desperation of which I have first hand experience.

I put this to you Jeremy Corbyn, instead of pointing the stereotyping finger at the members opposite, do you have any idea what it is like to have to balance a budget at home when you don't have any money coming in, the rent is going up and your children need clothes.