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Why We Should Give Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn A Chance

Why We Should Give Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn A Chance

Jeremy Corbyn has taken the nation by storm, causing much controversy along the way. One thing he is clear about is his promise for a “new different kind of politics.” So, why should we give this British politician a chance?

1. He’s different

Nick Clegg, David Cameron, and Ed Miliband literally look and sound the same: well-spoken, well-dressed men in their forties and fifties from university backgrounds. Jeremy Corbyn is distinctive, a normal guy we can all relate too.

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In the 80s, Cameron could be seen in black tie with his fellow Bullingdon Club members whilst at Oxford University with fellow classmates such as Boris Johnson. In stark contrast, Corbyn could be seen being taken away by police at an anti-apartheid protest. He clearly stands up for things he believes in, shows dedication, and has always been a committed campaigner and a politician who passionately champions the causes he supports: CND, free Nelson Mandela, justice for Pinochet victims, Guildford Four, Stop The War, and now anti-austerity.

2. He’s straight talking

Although Corbyn may have opinions some find controversial, he sticks to them regardless of other people’s views. For example, his belief on not having a monarchy. He’s got ideas and a clear vision, which are key elements to great leadership.

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3. He’s more left-wing

His policies are more left-wing than previous Labour leaders. These include scrapping tuition fees by having them paid for by increasing taxes on company profits, cutting subsidies for businesses, stronger anti-tax avoidance rules, and having the richest paying a greater proportion of the taxes.

4. He’ll apologize for the Iraq war

Mr Corbyn vowed to formally apologize for the Iraq war if he became leader. In his first speech, he thanked his competition, Tony Blair, and did not belittle them — this shows maturity, sincerity, and team leadership. Cameron previously called him a terrorist and a threat to our country, yet Corbyn has never hit back, he has simply got on with the jobs he wants to do.

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Corbyn was criticized recently for “snubbing” the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup, citing prior commitments. As Boris Jonhson put it, “This is turning into a national joke… Come on Jezza: Scrum down for England.” His prior commitment was a running weekly appointment to meet with his constituents, where he sat down for a private meetings with people about their housing situations. One of the women he helped said that, despite a waiting room full of people outside, and having recently been elected Leader of the Opposition, he nevertheless took his time to listen to her story and fully understand the issues. He treated her with compassion and dignity throughout, and promised to personally look into the case. On top of that, he insisted she return later so he could meet her children. By this time, it had reached 5 pm on a Friday, when he should otherwise have been en route to the RWC. That’s scrumming down for England, in my opinion!

5. He’s a threat to the opponent

Big newspapers such as The Times are more right-wing and side with the Conservatives, so their views towards Corbyn will mostly likely be more negative, spreading this image through the newspaper itself. In recent editions, The Times has branded Corbyn a variety of different names, including “disloyal” and “untrustworthy.”

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A recent video came out showing the Tory party laughing at Corbyn when he raised the issue  of “affordable homes” in Parliament — a policy that Tories have created to benefit the UK, when in fact it’s only affordable to 5% of the population. The Tories laughed when he began to talk and read the public’s letters and situations out loud. The Tories continued their laughter rather than listening and understanding the public’s views on their own policy. We need someone to vocalise the problems that we face as a majority.

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Last Updated on June 8, 2018

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

Facebook is eating away your time

    How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

    2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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    Likeaholic

      When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

      3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

      priorities

        Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

        4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

        lack of intimacy

          Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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          5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

          mother baking

            Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

            6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

            drowning

              A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

              7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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              sleeping your life away

                Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

                wanting what someone else is having

                  There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                  9. Sensationalism still sells.

                  free expression

                    With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                    10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

                    gun to mother earth

                      This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                      Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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