UK Politics In 2017: An Eventful Journey
A month has passed since the General Election and quite a lot has been established since then. Theresa May has joined forces with her allies in Northern Ireland: the right-wing DUP, a political party whose main aim is to introduce hateful and bigoted policies in an aim to return us to the 19th century. Meanwhile, an amazing result concluded in Labour having gained seats, a feat they hadn’t accomplished since 1997. This caused the Labour party to really appreciate and rally around Jeremy Corbyn and his brand of politics. The election result has allowed us to understand that, people are no longer planning on allowing Capitalism to rule and ruin their lives. They have understood that under the Tory rule we are being subjected to a lifetime of inequality and being forced to live in an unfair society. The awakening of the British public has resulted in a weaker Tory government and stronger opposition being provided. A revolution has indeed, just begun.
It was only in September 2016, that Jeremy Corbyn had fended off an attempt at a coup of sorts as he defeated Owen Smith with an increased majority in his landslide victory. MPs such as Hillary Benn were ousted from their positions in the shadow cabinet as Corbyn put together a team of fresh faces as he challenged the Tories and their new leader. The polls favoured the Tories and they weren’t afraid to take advantage of this as Theresa May made the decision to call for a snap general election. She had failed in an attempt to pass her Brexit bill and was advised by David Davis that a snap election was the best move to make. What could stop the Tories from capitalising on a dwindling Labour leadership?
Jeremy Corbyn is what halted this movement. He rode a wave of hope and support as he campaigned across the country advocating his policies and he worked alongside his Labour compatriots, with varying views on the political spectrum. By June 8th, Jeremy Corbyn had campaigned tirelessly and published a manifesto containing core socialist values and policies of hope. Meanwhile, Prime Minister May had been forced to make U-turn after U-turn, as she was attacked on her introduction of the dementia tax, as well as plans to raise taxes across the whole country. She ducked questions and avoided live debates and the opposition jumped with joy at the opportunity to scrutinise the Tory leader even more and tarnish her image. She had led an inept campaign and was exposed for it.
Election Day was as hectic as the whole campaign had been. The exit polls were released and predicted the Conservative majority being slashed and turmoil ensued. The pundits were in shock as opinion polls were defied, May was allegedly in tears and calls for her to step down ensued. Labour made substantial gains as they won seats all over the U.K from different parties, resulting in a net gain of 30 seats. They had gained 40.0% of the vote share, the highest in recent times. Labour MPs proceeded to come out in newfound support of their leader, with Yvette Cooper and Chuka Umunna amongst those being forced to swallow their pride as they endorsed their leader. The country united as they called for Theresa May to step down, amid arduous negotiations with the DUP (a political party no one was fond of). The DUP had gained votes on a manifesto riddled with anti-gay and anti-abortion policies, a move that did not resonate well with the British public. The Tories were under pressure and Labour membership was predicted to have skyrocketed as they gained over 150,000 new members. The nation was in shock.
One and a half months has passed since that fateful day. Jeremy Corbyn received a rapturous reaction as he re-entered the House of Commons. Theresa May was forced to undergo major changes in her cabinet as she brought back former Education Minister, Michael Gove. She had barely scraped it back as leader of the nation and she seemed to have lost her groove as she faced Jeremy Corbyn in parliament. She had managed to form a government, but at what price? Her own MPs are cautiously hiding in the shadows, ready to pounce on her every mistake; her opposition have plenty of ammunition to attack her with. Despite every bill she passes, every vote she wins or every speech she makes: she is reeling. It may be a victory of sorts, but it has no substance. It means nothing.
The Labour movement is rising as it continues to gain momentum. Using a platform on social media, they have managed to appeal to the masses and highlight the important issues. We are no longer safe in a country where police numbers are being cut, regardless of the imminent threat from terror attacks. We are no longer safe in a country where our NHS budget is being slashed to make way for privatisation. We are no longer safe in a country where benefits are being slashed whilst the rich are given a free pass as they evade taxes and get richer by the minute. We are no longer safe in a country where the privileged few gain, whilst the oppressed many are ignored and left to suffer. We are no longer safe in a country where our nurses and other emergency service workers are underpaid, whilst MPs and bankers are allowed to take advantage of our unfair economic system to further their riches. This is what the Tories are submitting us to; we cannot allow this to happen. They claim the Labour party’s previous reign has left them with no money to spend, but they can still find £1 billion to spend on forming a chaotic coalition with the DUP to satisfy their own personal interests. Where is the justice?
In 2017, politics has changed for the better. The people are waking up and fighting against this hold over us, the same thing that is limiting us and not allowing us to realise our full potential. However, not enough is being done. Democracy is a beautiful thing, and it is through this platform that we can allow our voices to be heard. If you want to overthrow the Tories, get involved. Fight the injustices we are all facing. Get involved in politics, read into it or research through other methods. Many UKIP voters did defect to the Labour party because they understood the socialist policies being implemented would be of great value to them. It is about time we woke up and fought against the injustices occurring across this country. We cannot allow ourselves to sleep as people around us suffer. They are losing out on the many benefits provided by this country as the Tories rampage on with their brigade of cuts. They will continue to develop their brand of austerity and it is our moral duty to get involved in an attempt at preventing this. We need to wake up, smell the fumes and proceed to act. Get Involved.