OVER our rich history, thousands of people have died in the battle to give you the right to cast your vote in the general election on June 8.
Best known perhaps is Emily Wilding Davison, the Suffragette who died under the hooves of the King’s horse on Derby Day 1903. This brave woman died on June 8 of that year from her injuries.
She wasn’t alone. Thousands of women and men fought to make sure that these islands of ours didn’t fall under the nazi jackboot in the 1939- 45 war.
If Hitler had triumphed there would be no ballot box for you on June 8.
Heroes like Nelson Mandela suffered years of imprisonment because he had the audacity to argue that white people were not the only ones who could vote in South Africa.
All over the globe the struggle for universal suffrage still goes on; in parts of Donald Trump’s US black voters still find impossible barriers erected to stop them registering to vote.
All around the world despots rig the ballots and try to prevent people having a vote. Be grateful you have your vote thanks to years of struggle. So do make sure you use it for Labour.
Who is telling you how to vote?
READ any paper but this one, or watch any channel of TV news, and you will be told about the inevitability of an election victory by Theresa May and her Tory gang.
This isn’t the first time the result of an election has been predicted with such cast-iron certainty. Come back to 1945. The war has just been won and Tory prime minister Winston Churchill is enjoying popularity scores of over 80 per cent in the polls.
Just like today, the Tory press was solidly behind Churchill and the Tories. They mocked the Labour Party and declared Labour leader Clem Attlee unelectable — just as they have tried to do today with Jeremy Corbyn.
On Fleet Street only the Daily Mirror and the TUC’s very own hugely popular newspaper the Daily Herald sided with Labour. The Daily Worker, forerunner of today’s Morning Star, too came out solidly in favour of a Labour victory.
These few papers helped Labour remind voters about the pre-war Conservative Party’s appeasement of Hitler and its failure to rearm Britain and cautioned voters not to forget the Great Depression and mass unemployment of the 1930s.
Most importantly, Labour painted a picture of a new socialist Britain with better housing, free medical services and jobs for all; not very different, in fact, from the issues that will dominate our election this June.
Just as Corbyn is doing today, Labour stuck to its socialist principles. Indeed its 1945 manifesto is echoed in many ways by the Labour manifesto of today.
Predictably Churchill decided to use the usual Tory anti-socialist scare tactics. In his opening election broadcast he warned that socialism in Britain would require “some form of Gestapo.” He frightened nobody.
It was generally believed that Churchill, as the man who had won the war, was unbeatable. It turned out he wasn’t.
Labour won the election by a massive landslide with 48 per cent of the vote — 393 Labour seats and an overall majority of 183. The Tories had fewer than 200 seats. Liberals just a dozen.
Labour’s remarkable 1945 victory changed Britain forever. It ushered in the welfare state and the National Health Service.
The commanding heights of the British economy were nationalised and India was granted independence. So when you cast your vote on June 8 do it on principle, not on what the polls seem to be telling us. In almost every recent election and referendum the polls have been massively wrong.
Corbyn and Labour can and must win this election and the only poll that matters is the official one on June 8. Make sure you use your vote for Labour.
Why is the BBC so against Corbyn and Labour?
IF YOU have been listening to the anti-Labour outpourings of BBC News you may wonder why they are so against Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party. The reason isn’t actually very hard to find.
Take a look at the career of Nick Robinson, (below) who presents the influential Today programme on Radio 4. Robinson moved to Today after 10 years as the BBC’s political correspondent.
His earlier history has much to say about the political neutrality we should be able to expect from our state-owned broadcaster.
Robinson was a founder member of Macclesfield Young Conservatives; he became chairman of the Cheshire Young Conservatives from 1982 until 1984, then a president of the Oxford University Conservative Association in 1985.
He got his first job in broadcasting with Piccadilly Radio and joined the BBC as a trainee in 1986, combining his new job with remaining as chairman of the National Young Conservatives until 1988.
When he moved to Today he was replaced as BBC political correspondent by Laura Kuenssberg, who has proved even more sympathetic to the Tory cause. Only last year Kuenssberg was the subject of a BBC Trust ruling that one of her reports had broken the BBC’s own impartiality and accuracy guidelines.
An interview by her with Jeremy Corbyn was edited to give a totally dishonest impression. Corbyn’s reply to one of her questions was in fact his answer to an entirely different question that wasn’t shown to viewers. Amazingly, after a rap over the knuckles, she kept her job.
These three articles were published in the Morning Star Election Special 1 June 2017.