In December 2013 I wrote a post “Austerity is working?” prompted by a headline in The Sunday Times “Austerity is Working”. Things have got worse since then on many counts, but one prophecy has been fulfilled: In my post I wrote
“It’s time for a new politics. It’s time for another Mandela, or Gandhi; time for a statesman not a politician. The nation waits, but where is such a leader to be found?”
In January 2015 Jeremy Corbyn was one of 16 signatories to an open letter to Ed Miliband calling for Labour to make a commitment to opposing further austerity
In September 2015 Jereby Corbyn won a landslide victory to become leader of the opposition.
Corbin is a variation of the Hebrew Korban, which means any gift given by God and dedicated back to Him.
Korban is mentioned once in the Bible, by Jesus in Mark chapter 7 shortly before the phrase “‘What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come – sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.’
Jesus tells us that “By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn-bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”
The Apostle Paul wrote that “ the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
A recent article in the New Statesman mentioned that “it should be remembered that the stories of Jeremy Corbyn’s courtesy and kindness are true: he will often make tea for even the most transitory of interns. Successive Islington organisers have plenty of euphemisms – “Corbyn Mean Time”, “the Jeremy tax” – for the amount of time he will take to find out about the health of each and every person he meets when knocking on doors. It’s true, too, that his sense of loyalty to those who have stuck by him has protected more than one underperforming shadow cabinet minister from the sack. But – and this is important – Corbyn’s kindness isn’t the same as softness or stupidity. His image as a cross between the Werther’s Original Grandpa and Clement Attlee obscures a streak of ruthlessness. When he feels that people have been disloyal, he is perfectly capable of action: just ask any of the shadow cabinet ministers he has sacked.”
As I mentioned Jesus tells us that “By their fruit you will recognise them.”
The Conservative government has chosen to cut public services for almost a decade now. Public services face real-terms spending cuts of up to 40% in decade to 2020: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/22/public-services-face-real-terms-spending-cuts-of-up-to-40-in-decade-to-2020 The political policy of austerity has inflicted hardship on the poorest in society, whilst the richest have needed to make no change to their standards of living.
I don’t think I need to explain the conclusion from these facts. I will let them speak for themselves.