Sebastian Vella

Letter to my uncle (contd)

A reply from a young Corbynista

Dear Uncle James

Thank you for your thought-provoking comments on my last letter (8 July). I accept that personality played a part in my deciding who to vote for. However it also seems to me that your own criticism of the Labour party is centred around personality — i.e. based on Jeremy Corbyn’s personal view of socialism rather than the actual policies put forward by the Labour party, which are not socialist.

I agree that socialism hasn’t worked in the examples you’ve given. However, I don’t think that this is relevant to us today since a Labour government would not turn the UK into a socialist dictatorship.

When it comes to policy, it is those of the Conservative party that caused me concern. Their manifesto was widely acknowledged to be a disaster, with George Osborne calling it the worst manifesto in history. They have made so many U-turns and removed so many manifesto pledges that I find it hard to know what their policies are. Instead our Prime Minister comes out with meaningless slogans such as ‘Brexit means Brexit’.

Theresa May also told a nurse on Question Time last month that the reason she hadn’t received a real terms pay rise in eight years was because there is no magic money tree. However, last week this nonexistent tree bore fruit of £1 billion as a bribe to the DUP so that the PM could keep her job.

I think Jeremy Corbyn was wrong to support Hugo Chávez. However, I don’t think the comparison with Venezuela is valid, because the policies which destroyed that country’s economy (e.g.

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