Why I Joined Momentum

“I believe people have a responsibility to stand up to the huge, powerful vested interests that are stripping us of our wealth, our rights, our dignity and our ability to provide for our families. We must stand up in groups in our communities. We must make our voices heard”.

dave-boydenHi. My name is Dave. I’ve lived in Widnes for over 20 years. I joined the Labour Party on that horrible day after the party’s defeat in the General Election of May 2015. I didn’t join the party because I wanted to gain power or money. I joined the party to help millions of ordinary people (just like us) to fight for a political system that is fairer: a political system that actually speaks for us, the people.

Jeremy Corbyn has described the political system as rigged, and who can deny it?! Ordinary people suffer from job insecurity (they are terrified of losing the jobs that they have increasingly grown to hate), low pay and hopelessly inadequate housing. We are presently suffering an economic recession that seems like it will never end. Our Health Service has been described as in a humanitarian crisis by the Red Cross; that is a headline I would expect to read about an impoverished country in sub-Saharan Africa, not one of the richest countries on Earth! Almost a decade of cuts to public spending have left our NHS and education systems in tattered pieces.

The biggest single threat to our way of life is inequality. If you don’t believe me, listen to the World Economic Forum. The economic recession will go on forever, while billionaires are hiding all of their money into foreign tax havens. The super-rich pay huge donations to the Conservative Party and the Tories give their donors huge rewards when they are in power. Tax avoidance has been taking place on a truly epic scale: just so that the very richest people in the World don’t have to help us to build our hospitals, schools and roads!

I joined Momentum because I believe people have a responsibility to stand up to the huge, powerful vested interests that are stripping us of our wealth, our rights, our dignity and our ability to provide for our families. We must stand up in groups in our communities. We must make our voices heard.

I was raised to be Labour through and through. For me; the only political party that can ever stand up for the rights of ordinary working people is the Labour Party. We must ensure that OUR party speaks with OUR voice. We can’t do that by complaining about it to our friends at the weekend. We can only do that by joining the Labour Party, being active in it and making our collective voices heard. The Tories can’t help; they are the main architects of this disgusting, unequal system! UKIP just seek to blame migrants; as migrants have not caused the banking crisis and the country’s economic mess, victimising them can hardly be expected to fix it!

Ordinary people have to get together. They have to get together in numbers like they have never done before. We are ordinary people. We work bloody hard. We deserve to be listened to! We deserve more!

If he wins the next General Election, Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to:

corbyns-pledges

I don’t know about you, but those ten pledges look like an excellent starting point to winning back our dignity our bright, prosperous futures and the bright, prosperous futures that our kids deserve.

You can read more about the pledges here.

I want those things. I am prepared to fight for them, with other people from my local community. If you would like to join us, you would be very welcome. You can find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/Momentumhalton/

 

 

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