I was overwhelmed and teary eyed when the Labour leadership results were announced today. Jeremy Corbyn taking an amazing 59.5% of the vote that blew his fellow contenders out of the water, or into interstellar space! Unprecedented and it just goes to show what is needed to get people, especially the young demographic (18-35) say, to be inspired and filled with hope. I joined the Labour party about twenty minutes after the announcement which I promised myself I would do if Corbyn won. Mr Corbyn has come across as a genuinely nice person. He comes across as someone who cares for people, and cares for his country, and cares for people in distress across many borders. As expected the right-wing press are going to try and destroy him, but I believe that his mandate is too large and he will definitely be standing as Labour leader come May 2020. His tactic off not attacking personalities but only policies is utter genius. That is why I cannot wait for Prime Minister’s Question Time on Wednesday. I honestly think that Cameron is quietly shitting himself.
Now Corbyn has just under five years to build support that will only continue to grow. After all look what he has done in just three months. I expect that many people, like myself, had never heard of him before May this year, so it just goes to show what can be achieved if you direct the narrative towards compassion instead of the boring rhetoric used by Blairite clones. Corbyn was just different and there are many cliches that could be used to describe his triumph. We also need people, the nice persona of the media, like Owen Jones to spread the message far and wide. Jones has a decent following online and in the press which means he can attract support for a left-wing government from 2020.
Look at Scotland. We all know what happened there and I believe that the SNP will still hold a decent number of seats after the next election but I think Labour will creep back like they will in marginals across England and Wales. Kent was red during the New Labour years, apart from the odd constituency and now they are all blue, which is disappointing. But they are seats that can be won back as long as Corbyn rides this initial shitstorm from the press and settles into his leadership position. It can be done and he has time on his side, and he has the fact that he is a nice person, and I think nice will win it for him. At least I hope so!
The Daily Mail wasn’t content with one nasty article on people in Wales on ADs and benefits. No, they decided on another, here. This is a kick in the teeth for all people, not just those the article talked about, who suffer with depression. It is a cruel jab at those less fortunate. It is almost suggesting that anyone on a low income, be it in some form of benefit, that take medication for depression are simply making it up. Of course there are people who do this but not in large enough numbers to justify what this article provokes.
I always wonder what kind of life the authors of articles like this lead. While I expect they deal with the stresses of working in journalism it must be cut a thrust. Does this never lead the mental pain? I suppose it is ok if you are a middle class, well to do person who can reach for the private doctor with the cream prescription pad and the flexible hours at work. This article is more about people getting something for nothing. Rather they should be let to suffer. Although, if we had a labour government in power and people were committing suicide in Blaenau Gwent because GPs were not providing the care they should the DM would be rallying to the inadequate care given to those who are so unfortunate.
It is all political.
- Depression can effect anyone.
This article by the Daily Mail is using the typical tabloid sensational headline of equating anti-depressants to ‘happy pills’. Let’s make it clear, anti-depressants are not ‘happy pills’. They are used to curtail the symptoms of clinical depression by bringing a seriously low mood back to where it should be in a healthy individual. The only time they may make someone ‘happy’ would be in the individual had a mood disorder such as bipolar, or schizo-affective disorder by making them manic. They also fail to realise that if you wake up one morning and pop a single 20 mg prozac capsule you are not within minutes all bubbly and full of the joys of life. Anti-depressants can take up to three weeks before any real benefits are noticed and treatment can last for years.
The quotes from Brian Protheroe saying his generation take pills to get through week by week makes them sound like drug addicts. Anti-depressants are not controlled substances like cocaine or heroin, again they do not make you high unless you have a mood disorder. In can take a long time to find an AD that works but if people are drinking alcohol with them then they won’t work, I can testify to that.
It seems like another hit job by the Daily Mail at people less fortunate having to take medication to cope with mental illness. They also have to rub in cost to the taxpayer of people taking ADs. So why don’t they pick on other broad illnesses like heart disease or diabetes? I bet the cost is higher for those. ADs are designed to help the brain regulate chemicals better, so why are they singled out? That is because it seems those on benefits, unemployed, disabled, shouldn’t be getting something else for free at the cost of the precious taxpayer, should they!
So what would the £270 million be spent on? The money ADs are costing the hard working tax payer each year, money, which to governments is like 20 quid to people on average incomes. Are people not worthy enough to be salvaged if they do not fit into a high income bracket? This feels like a case of demonising the poor all the while ignoring that every strata of income is effected by mental illness. I wonder what the prescription rate for ADs is in a Tory stronghold like David Cameron’s Witney constituency. Probably about the same.