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Voting Tory is the only way to halt the Corbyn catastrophe

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WITH the election tomorrow and contempt for the three major parties high, many advocate spoiling the ballot paper. Before heading out to the polling station, have a read through Labour’s manifesto. Take a look at the party’s practices and the ideology it pushes. Then justify not voting for the one party that can stop Corbyn taking office.

Political freedom was central to the EU referendum. The growth of the EU and its march towards ever closer unity erodes sovereignty, democracy and the rule of law. Many fear the Conservatives will fail fully to release the UK from EU control. That is understandable. But is that reason enough to risk a Labour administration? This would be a government that abandons Brexit, blasts up taxes, and pursues an increasingly authoritarian agenda.

The Labour manifesto makes a sobering read. It is not merely jam-packed with promises of government spending – and the spending is staggering – it is a carefully laid out blueprint for a utopian socialist state.

Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom analyses how state economic planning can lead to totalitarianism, explaining: ‘Individual freedom cannot be reconciled with the supremacy of one single purpose to which the whole of society must be entirely and permanently subordinated’. He describes an end-justifies-the-means mindset that has been practised with catastrophic consequences by socialist governments across the globe.

Hayek continues that at some point a leader must choose either to adhere to ordinary morality or to succeed in his goals. When state goals are considered the highest good, other considerations become secondary. Far-Left groups already practise this. Academics who argue against mainstream views on transgenderism have been chased out of universities. Freedom of speech may be all very well, but when it comes into conflict with societal aims, the Left puts it aside.

This authoritarian streak permeates the Labour manifesto. The promise that ‘we will rewrite the rules of the economy and ensure everyone plays by them’ signals a determination to reorganise the economy: an endeavour which demands obedience and cannot be achieved if the free market is allowed to continue. 

Other claims provide glimpses as to how this economic restructuring might look. The gender pay gap will be closed by 2030 and companies which fail to obtain government certification on gender equality will face auditing and fines. Rent controls will be introduced, as will a £10-an-hour minimum wage.

Societal restructuring is not limited to the economy. An ‘education emancipation trust’ will be introduced to educate us about migration and colonialism, and to teach around the legacy of slavery. A brief look at the history of Corbyn and McDonnell provides insight into the motivation behind this. Douglas Murray recently outlined anti-imperialist causes with which Labour’s leaders have previously allied themselves. The chief colonialists are the UK, USA and Israel. The causes opposing them include the IRA, Hamas and Hezbollah. It is clear what agenda the education emancipation trust will push.

It would be a wonderful thing if the Conservatives stood as the antithesis of all this. Does their failure to do so warrant allowing Labour to slip into power? At what point, under a Jeremy Corbyn-led government, will the argument that ‘none of the major parties deserved my vote’ start to wear thin?

Will it be when Jews start to leave the country, no longer comfortable living in a state whose government shelters anti-Semites?

Will it be when the politicisation of education by the Left makes their current efforts look tame by comparison? A new generation brought up on a diet of Marxist history and mandatory LGBT sex education lessons?

Or will it be when the economy grinds to a halt? Higher taxes raising the cost of living for all and prompting the most successful businesses to relocate?

How long would it take a Corbyn-led administration to erode our liberties to the point where we no longer live in a truly free country?

The conservative credentials of the Conservative Party are lacking, it is true. But the threat to liberty posed by a Labour government must be blocked. Anger towards the Tories is no longer reason enough not to vote for the one party that can stop Jeremy Corbyn entering No 10. That is why I will be voting Conservative tomorrow.

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Angus Milne
Angus Milne is an English teacher and writer from the west of England

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