I will probably not comment day by day, but to save me from having to come up with a new unique title each day, how about “UK Election, xx days to go…”?
I have not yet heard much today… I have been busy but the main thing I noticed was that Jeremy Corbyn held his first major general election speech.-
Jeremy Corbyn first speech.
He launched straight in with a rich v poor theme. The working people v the establishment.
He claimed that the media do not want him to win, “Because when we win it is the people, not the powerful, who win.”
“The nurse, the teacher, the small trader, the career, the builder, the office worker, the student,” against the establishment. His ideas sound good.
He talked about not accepting that Britain should be governed by a ruling elite, the City and the tax-dodgers. He also talked of a cosy cartel that rig the system in favour of a few powerful and wealthy individuals and corporations. Again he sounds good.
Corbyn talked of Britain being rigged in favour of the “wealth extractors”.
In many ways, Corbyn sounded more life free market Trump, saying that he is prepared to fight for people in every part of the country, our towns, villages, as well as big cities, to take on the cosy cartels, and those that are hoarding this country’s wealth for themselves. Again that sounds very good.
But he then went on to talk about his vision that a labour government would, “use that wealth to invest in people’s lives in every community to build a better future for every person who lives here.” But this “wealth,” is not the government’s to spend.
While we all can think that, ‘it would be great if someone else paid for us,’ and while it might appear unfair that the rich should be rich… Just planning that we will spend someone else’s money is not really right either.
What he actually shows is that Labour is a STATE “wealth extractors”. As with all socialist ideologies, it wants to spend massive amounts of money but has no method of producing that money. It can not get this money from the poor, they are…. well poor, so it wants to spend the money of the rich.
It is wonderful to have someone else pay for things for you, but I believe that biblically this should be what they are moved to give. The poor are not permitted to remove the wealth of ‘the rich’ to spend on themselves.
“… SOCIALIST GOVERNMENTS TRADITIONALLY DO MAKE A FINANCIAL MESS. THEY ALWAYS RUN OUT OF OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY. It’s quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything, and people just do not like more and more nationalisation, and they’re now trying to control everything by other means. They’re progressively reducing the choice available to ordinary people.”
Margaret Thatcher in answer to Llew Gardner for Thames Television.
What we need, it the Gospel, and the rich, employees out of love for their employees and for poor providing out of their wealth. Yes, the Bible instructs the rich to leave the gleanings for the poor, but that is what the rich should give, not what the poor have the right to go and take if it is not given.
I am by no means saying that nothing should be done to sort out the inequity in our society, and the way that a privileged few have too easy a life, money begetting money and poverty leading to almost servitude to the banks or to unscrupulous employers. But I do not believe that socialism or communism is the right answer.
The true and best answer is the Gospel. Christianity lifts people and nations out of poverty. But in the absence of a great Christian revival, we need to be very careful that what we achieve is equity, not thievery.