Op-Ed: Can you trust a politician with aspirations?
I guess the answer is that you have to as that is all you can do in many cases. However as those with political ambitions tap into your psyche promises drip off tongues like rain water from a broken roof but are they just meaningless words?
In the U.K. Labour leadership hopeful, veteran politician Jeremy Corbyn, and his team, has come up with a range of policies aimed at appealing to grassroots left-wing supporters but how many are practical?
When you are an aspiring politician such as Jeremy Corbyn, the early rank outsider who struggled to be nominated to be a Labour leadership candidate and whom now looks a clear favourite to win, there is little to lose and everything to gain.
Corbyn has been the Labour party rebel from within for years; aged 66 it surely must be fair to say that this could be his last shot at party leadership; the Corbyn faithful do not like his age mentioned but it must be noted. If he becomes the new party leader he will be 71 at the next U.K. general election.
A political party is a movement and coming together of like-minded individuals so the new leader will need to unite the Labour party as a priority but Corbyn may have an adverse effect.
Jeremy Corbyn wants to find a 'kinder politics' which is very much in the spirit of a true Labour party but at this stage that is just words.
That along with promises as shown below will tap into left-wing values but are they practical?
'A lower welfare bill' is according to Corbyn 'achievable through investment and growth, not squeezing the least well-off and cutting child tax credits' but is it?
That certainly sounds more palatable than the Tories welfare cuts; it may also sound a more appealing view than the other candidates who accept there should be some welfare budget cuts.
But talking the talk and walking the walk are different matters.
Corbyn promises 'straight talking, honest politics' but do they really exist?
He could be a great Labour party leader or he could be a disaster; by the time we know it will be too late to win a general election in 2020.
With all four candidates there is an element of risk but with Corbyn there is a huge risk and that is that we are in for decades of Tory misrule.
A couple of headlines from Islington News today:
Jeremy Corbyn: My radical plan for the arts will make Britain happier
Jeremy Corbyn pledges £500m to reverse cuts to arts