The arguments are persuasive, as long as the people being targeted with them are open to new points of view.
With readers of the Torygraph, there might be little hope of that – but a little hope is better than none at all.
Look at the comment about care for the elderly. We know that people are being asked to consider selling their homes to pay for their care in later life – taking away the largest investment they ever make and the biggest legacy they could leave to their children.
Why? Because care homes are run by private companies these days, and they want lots of profit.
If that doesn’t make them an “entry on a balance sheet”, they’re not far off.
The claim to be building a stronger economy while public debt is increasing is demonstrably true – we know that the debt is rising because we hear it on the news all the time.
Meanwhile, public services are being sold off to private companies – the ultimate aim being to leave in the public domain only a feeble last resort that nobody in their right mind would consider if they could afford to pay instead.
It’s a way of keeping poor people down, of course – if you can’t afford private health, court costs, transport, housing and so on, you are at the mercy of those who control such facilities.
Torygraph readers may be immune to such appeals, in the belief that they have the wherewithal to afford such luxuries-to-be. Most of them are mistaken.
Let’s hope they realise the strength of Mr Corbyn’s message – before it is too late.
Jeremy Corbyn [has urged] Conservative voters to “think again” over his leadership as he reaches out for the centre ground by attacking the Tory record on care homes and universities.
Writing exclusively for The Sunday Telegraph, the Labour leader warns that the elderly have become “nothing more than an entry on a balance sheet” due to spending cuts under the Conservatives.
He also attacks that “utterly self-defeating” austerity agenda that has left students “saddled” with billions of pounds worth of debt after attending university.
“Even if you don’t think of Labour as your natural political home, if you value your NHS, care for the elderly, an education system for all and a public transport system that works for its passengers, then it may be time to think again,” Mr Corbyn says.
He attacks the Tories’ “deceiving” claim to be building a stronger economy, saying instead Britain faces the “utterly self-defeating reality of rapidly declining public services while our debt is going up”.
Mr Corbyn picks out the care home costs as an area of concern, saying “I don’t want a social care system where the elderly and disabled are nothing more than an entry on a balance sheet”.
He also criticises the “Kafkaesque state of the NHS” where “in some parts of the country a GP appointment is as rare as hen’s teeth”.
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