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Labour Leaping Down From Its Ladder Of Weak Promises

20/07/2017 13:44
Peter Nicholls / Reuters

When you leave Corbyn to "deal with it" as he so proudly said during the election, you should know the job won't get done. Unlike my engineers at Pimlico Plumbers, Corbyn doesn't understand how to make good on a promise and deliver on what people have signed up for.

Leading up to the election, Corbyn jumped up on stage and performed to the sound of young people's cries - telling them what they want to hear. He was a 'saviour' to the millennials...

Scoot forward a few months and those promises are falling apart faster than a Granola bar. The unfortunate truth is that our young Brits were deceived, and I say Corbyn needs to answer to this betrayal!

The promise to write off tuition fee debts is now being positioned as Tories "wilfully misrepresenting" Labours plans, with Angela Rayner making it clear that Labour has "no plans" to write off existing student debt.

But this is what really miff's me off. If Corbyn once felt his messaging about student debt was misrepresented, why didn't he make it right? Instead of correcting the conversation, Corbyn made a calculated decision to ride the wave of deceit straight into ballot day. That to me is his complicit involvement in the 'misrepresentation' of said policy.

Corbyn's testimony to "lift this cloud of debt and make education free for all" was nothing more than a weak promise to represent his weak leadership.

The truth here though is if politicians want to build up a system based on equality, and create a world where a family's wealth isn't the determining factor on the life chances available you young people, then as a nation we need to stop pigeonholing our idea of success.

This dispute is strictly focused on the affordability of going to University, but there needs to be just as much focus on giving students the information and support on the vocational options available to them.

I've said it before and I will say it again, University isn't for everyone - and it's about time the same amount of effort is put into debating the advancement of apprenticeships in 21st Century Britain.

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