For thems that know, there is going to be an election soon. The current government called a snap election to get about the business of Brexit. Also, the Labour party, certain parts of it anyway, are none too happy with their leader. Therefore a Tory win looks like a shoo-in. Well, it did. However, recent polls show that against all the odds Labour have closed what appeared to be uncatchable lead, and Jez Corbyn is proving popular with the young uns. So where does Nick Mann stand?

I am going to vote for Labour on June 8th. I am going to do this because I believe that we need to care about each other. I believe that education is a right and not a luxury only available to those who can afford it. I believe that we should not saddle our children with incredible amounts of personal debt just so that they can get a decent job. I think that the NHS is something of which we should be proud of, it should be protected and cherished. I do not mind having a social system that helps people who need it. I like the fact that we could really live in a country where we care for people who have been dealt a bad hand. Because let’s be honest none of us know what hand we will be dealt next.

Corbyn and May

General Election 2017 – Obi Wan Kenobi or a Vindictive Librarian as drawn by Quentin Blake?

I see austerity as a con. Really, how is it that our national debt has more than doubled in seven years while spending on public services has been stripped bare? I see tax breaks to huge corporations as a club, a club to which you my friend will never be a member. You may think that you are, but trust me you are not. You may believe that you are wealthy. Read the Times rich list then attempt to get your head around the wealth these people have. Then google the 2010 rich list and see what austerity has done for those guys. When you’ve done that look at your own wealth how that has increased in the past seven years. I believe you will be shocked and disappointed.

I think the current government has its priorities all wrong. And deep down, most of us want a peaceful life where we can spend time with our families knowing that things are running on an even keel. I’d rather the government spends £5billion on updating rail infrastructure and renationalising the trains than £55billion on HS2. The other £50billion can be put into education and healthcare. Would you rather invest in having nationalised gas, electric and water so that fuel poverty (something unheard of 20 years ago) is eradicated and we can scrap the winter fuel allowance – because it should never have been needed in the first place? Or buy some more missiles? We do have quite a few of them by the way.

We are the 5th richest country in the world, and we have a staggering amount of children living in poverty, we have homelessness that is embarrassing, we have people with genuine needs that are being ignored and our children are graduating with debt that would be equivalent to mortgage 15 years ago. All of this has occurred on the blue watch. It gets worse year on year. I can’t stand by and watch this. So I am going to do my bit to make June the end of May, for all of our sakes.

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