Jeremy Corbyn, the wind of change?

I have just joined the Labour Party, because Jeremy Corbyn has been elected their leader.

Many people, including political commentators, seem to think that the election vote was for Corbyn’s policy preferences rather than for the person. But I am less interested in the policies than the person. He is a breath of fresh air compared with previous Labour and current Conservative leaders, who exhibited an autocratic style of leadership. If Corbyn were an autocrat then I would be worried! But I remember that early in his campaign he talked of policies being formed by the party, not one person. If that is the case, I may even become active as a Labour Party member!

I am optimistic because I don’t think that the man is an idiot. He knows that he has to create a new unity within the Labour Party. That must be a unity where each opinion is valued and where each member is expected to vote according to their conscience. That is what he has lived throughout his political career, and that is one of the reasons people have voted for him: we are tired of political puppets dancing to the tune set by their leader (or worse, the big donors to their party).

Ever since Thatcher, our nation’s leaders have told us that it is OK to be greedy; that those with high wages ‘are worth it and deserve it’. Nobody has dared suggest that the poor may not want to be poor, and that their wellbeing is more important than a thriving economy that is able to support the wages of the rich. Corbyn is prepared to put the case for the poorest in society. He does not have to pick a fight with the wealthy if they are ready to recognise that they have a responsibility as fellow human beings to do their fair share in trying to balance the nation’s books. But if they don’t listen, and if greed prevails, then protest may become necessary.

I see Corbyn’s landslide election as a catalyst for a new type of politician, with humility and integrity, who is willing to serve and represent their community. Who can say quite what will happen, but disruption of a stale and failing political system has to be a good thing. If nothing else, he has captured the imagination of the younger generation. Let’s hope that this brings the positive change that we all want.

About Minimalist Christian

Phil Hemsley is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK. He works for a multinational company in the power industry, has presented technical papers at international conferences and holds many patents. He has published two books, the most recent is "The Big Picture, an Honest Examination of God Science and Purpose". He has lived on both sides of the faith fence. He is married, with two daughters.
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7 Responses to Jeremy Corbyn, the wind of change?

  1. Martin Saxby says:

    Sadly Phil you cannot separate the man from his policies. We have to be careful not to be misled by appearances. I am naive enough to believe most politicians have integrity and seek the well being of our people and nation. So how they go about it (policies) is key. Corbyn’s policies are irresponsible, naive and dangerous.

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  2. unkleE says:

    Hi Phil, as an Aussie,UK politics are distant but of interest. Therefore I’m very interested to hear you views on this. I think there can be little doubt that Jesus, and the whole Bible, point us towards serving the poor, though the extent and manner of that service is open to question. That is a teaching that we rich westerners have managed to largely ignore in the political arena, even while supporting it to some degree in charity. If Corbyn makes a dent in this, he’ll be a wonderful change. I hope you’re right.

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  3. kestrelart says:

    Great you have joined. Welcome. The thing about these new politics is, we have to participate also, not leave it to politicians.

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  4. Sylvia says:

    Hi Phil, I’ve just found your blog and wondered if you are aware of Mr Corbyns policy on Isreal and his sympathy for IRA? There is certainly change in the air but not for the best.
    God bless.

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    • Dear Sylvia,
      I had a quick look for his policy on Israel and found the following from the election campaign “Veteran leftwinger Corbyn, who is widely known for his peace activism, called for the UK to have “relationships with all sections of society in Israel” and stressed the need to have a nuanced view of the country.

      “We shouldn’t judge everything to do with Israel through the prism of whatever Benjamin Netanyahu is saying from one day to the next – Israel’s politics is much wider than that,” Corbyn said, who added that he has been on nine visits to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza during his 32 years in parliament.

      Corbyn, who has gone from being a rank outsider in the leadership contest to being rated by one poll as a potential winner, also called for “robust discussion” on Israel’s siege of Gaza, the Israeli settlements in the West Bank and alleged mistreatment of Palestinian child detainees in Israeli prisons.”

      I’m not sure what you find disconcerting about that?
      God bless
      Phil

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      • unkleE says:

        It seems obvious to me that both Israel and the Palestinians are pursuing policies that will never lead to anything worthwhile. Both sides use violence that could only win if the other side either gave in or was totally destroyed – and total destruction is totally unacceptable, and each side is too proud to ever give in, or even give ground apparently. So each knows that their current approach motivates the people to fight on, but can never be effective.

        So if we want to see a lasting peace, we need something different – by both sides, and that means both sides starting to be more conciliatory. Since Israel is in the power position, they have to be willing to give up some of that power. It is obvious.

        So blindly supporting Israel cannot lead to lasting peace, and so perpetuates the killing. I can’t see it any other way. I’d be interested, Sylvia, in how you see it.

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