I write this, as I’m sat watching Channel 4’s coverage of Election night and scrolling through my twitter feed, listening to comments about you that you’ve garnered the most support any party has during an election run up in modern times; reading posts that claim you gather bigger crowds than Winston Churchill, and thanking you for your contribution to changing British politics.
This is my second time voting in a General Election, and this is the first time I have voted Labour. I’m from the South Wales valleys, a place where voting Conservatives is social suicide, a place that still feels the effects from Thatcher’s Tory government. The Welsh Valleys have always been Red and growing up I have always been aware of this. Labour, its in the name, for the Labouring classes; however, the first time I voted, I didn’t vote Labour, instead I voted Plaid Cymru. Why? Because Welsh Labour are fucking shit for one. But most importantly, when I first accompanied my parents to the polling station in 2015, the only real direct alternative I was offered to the Tories was Plaid Cymru, this was before you J.
So, why have I voted Labour this time? It’s been all for you Jezza. You and your commitment to bring Labour back to the left, where it belongs. Away from the Labour that existed under the war mongering Tony Blair, and back to representing the working classes. Even though, my vote in my Ogmore constituency is a vote for a Welsh Labour candidate, I decided to vote for Labour to prove how many people are actually behind you Corbyn. We don’t just like you because we think you’d be funner to have a pint with than Theresa May, we like you because you, well, like us. You haven’t raised our tuition fees to an extortionate £9k a year, you haven’t scrapped Nurses university bursaries, you are not responsible for the increase in homelessness, food bank usage, suicide rate increases.
I have scrolled through my Facebook and Twitter feed for the past few weeks and all I have seen is you, Jeremy. You’re popularity across young people is incredible, you are the first politician in recent years who has really inspired a generational interest in politics. Its not just that we all want you to be our Grandad JC, we want you to be our PM.
Whatever the result is tomorrow, I just want to thank you, for not only inspiring me to reconnect with politics and reconnect with Labour, but inspiring a generation, because of you, I know my future is bright.