Jeremy Corbyn (l) and Debbie Abrahams (r), his shadow work and pensions secretary, with Paul Rutherford – a friend of This Site who they helped in a struggle with the DWP over housing benefit. They thought he deserved representation, as they think any other UK citizen does.

It’s interesting that this point was raised by Charlotte Hughes, who campaigns outside Ashton Under Lyne Job Centre and writes The Poor Side of Life blog.

While handing out food parcels today (July 20), she found herself speaking to a lady who did not believe Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour would represent her. Here’s Charlotte to explain:

I had a lovely conversation with a lady who we had helped previously… She brought up a very good point… that whilst all of Jeremy Corbyn’s policies and speeches were brilliant and are brilliant, they are still lacking in something.

People like the lady that I was speaking to don’t feel like they are being adequately represented.

They still feel left out of everything and are really wanting to be represented. Like she said, “I may not be working but I still deserve representation because I am a person and I do matter”. Well said to her. She does matter and I will continue to push this point across.

Source: Food parcels gone in less than five minutes. Once again frustration and anger. – The poor side of life

The facts are a little different; Mr Corbyn, and his shadow Work and Pensions secretary Debbie Abrahams, have gone to great lengths to explain that they want to return fairness to the system.

But the facts aren’t worth a farthing if they’re not getting through.

Clearly Labour – and those of us who try to publicise left-wing politics here in a very right-wing country – must work harder to get these points across.

I wonder whether Labour would have fared (even) better in the June election if people like the lady mentioned above had been aware of exactly what the party’s policy really is.


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