When you get out of bed and make your way down to the polling stations on Thursday morning, be aware of the importance of your vote. This is without a doubt the most significant election in living memory; never before have the stakes been so high.
At the 2015 general election, I may have preferred the Conservatives to Labour but I was never scared of the opposition forming a government. The worst thing that could be said about Ed Miliband was that he seemed a bit weird and couldn’t eat a bacon sandwich properly, characteristics which while undesirable were hardly a deal-breaker. Jeremy Corbyn is an entirely different kettle of socialist fish.
It is undeniable that Jeremy Corbyn hates the United Kingdom. Every fibre of Corbyn’s being tells him to back our enemies and talk Britain down. Whether it’s supporting the fascist Argentinian junta in the Falklands war, inviting IRA terrorists to parliament or tirelessly refusing to back our armed servicemen, Corbyn has proved his derision for everything held dear by the British public. At the same time, he has welcomed insidious anti-Semitism into the Labour party. Today, 80% of British Jews state that a Corbyn government would threaten their way of life; almost 50% say they would leave the country if he became prime minister. We simply cannot let this man anywhere near Number 10.
The issues with the Labour party do not stop there. It is utterly clear from all the polls that Labour simply cannot form a majority government. Because of this, his manifesto of unfeasible nonsense is not worth the paper that it is written on. You may have a vision of glorious nationalised water cascading from a British-made steel tap quenching your thirst as you browse the people’s free proletarian WIFI, but this is a pipe dream. Labour will simply not have the votes necessary to implement any of their plans, and even if they did, they certainly do not have the money. Whatever Corbyn may say about his policies being ‘fully costed’, this is simply not true. The claims that a Labour government could fund their spending plans without taxing working-class families are merely the inane ramblings of a woollen-jumpered, terrorist-sympathising jam-merchant.
However, whatever contradictions may exist in the Labour manifesto, they pale in comparison to their policy on Brexit. Our failure to leave the European Union has caused massive rifts in our society and damaged trust in our very democracy. Boris Johnson has negotiated a good deal with our European partners which is ready to be passed, ending the gridlock and allowing our nation to come together once again. There are huge issues which need to be discussed and solved in parliament, whether it be the future of social care or how best to educate our children. But these problems can only be fixed once we have removed the Brexit deadlock.
Instead of working to get Brexit done, the Nato-bashing, tyrant-backing, marrow-tending leader of the opposition wants to spend 2020 with yet more pointless bickering. Instead of respecting the greatest democratic mandate in British history, Corbyn wants to hold a rigged second referendum on Europe which will serve only to deepen the seemingly irreparable wounds in our social fabric. Worst of all, a minority Labour government propped up by the Scottish National Party would lead to a second independence referendum, risking the destruction of the most successful union of nations in history. A vote for Corbyn, Sturgeon or Swinson is clearly a vote for continued uncertainty, a lack of investment and the continued division of our country.
Instead of this allowing the chaos to go on, we can elect a strong Conservative government, get Brexit done by Christmas and move on to unleashing the potential of the whole United Kingdom. We want to move on, with our programme of investment in education, infrastructure and technology to create a high-wage, high-skill, low-tax economy. From freeports to free trade deals, from abolishing the cruel live shipment of animals to cutting VAT on tampons, we in the UK will be able to remain close to our European friends and partners; but where we choose, we will be able to do things differently and better. With control of our laws, borders and money finally restored to a sovereign and free Britain, we can make this country the greatest nation on earth to live in.
So when you go to the polls tomorrow morning, remember that there is only one choice to be made. Do we get Brexit done, end the gridlock and move on to unlocking the potential of the whole United Kingdom? Or instead do we accept more dither and delay with Jeremy Corbyn, and the permanent destruction of the nation which we all hold so dear? Fellow students, I beseech you, I beg of you to back Boris, and Get Brexit Done.