Labour, please Dream, Unite and Trust

It wasnt that long ago since I went to two events at Middlesbrough town hall. One was a comedy night with Milton Jones. The other was the visit of Jeremy Corbyn on his Labour leadership rally. One of them was a sell out passionate affair where people, you could tell in their faces, hoped for a better future, for their party, and for their country. They believed in Jeremy.

They still do.

What we need now in this country is a Labour party that dreams passionately about this country, about the gifts and talents of its people, that trusts its education system to produce the kind of teachers that it can trust to deliver an education system without needing to meddle, test and annoy them.

That trusts its education system to train nurses, and doctors to be able to run a health system.

That trusts the local councils to run services. and the rest.

That believes that people might be able to make decisions for the good of those they serve, rather than the market that drives them.

That respects young peoples decisions to have a variety of routes for education, and employment, that suggests apprenticeships, self employment, and creative industries. That build on young peoples capacities and spends money on music in schools, or youth work, or people to help young people.

In the same way that Martin Luther King gave prominence to an oppressed part of society, The Labour Party, this is your mandate, give the oppressed in society a party to believe in again, a party that they will vote for that will be united for the common good, that will dream that things will actually be better, more equal. You need to enforce the narrative that its Tory welfare policy that causes the need for foodbanks, that its austerity that causes the dole queues , its not immigration, its an ideology of austerity thats kept wages from rising. The oppressed junior doctors are striking, it’s parents with over tested children, who next and will you be there to carry that fight for others that do and those who are unable to.

The country needs a united Labour Party, a Labour party that is for people, dreaming for and with them, that believes that people can enact their change with changes in circumstances, with support.  The country needs a Labour party it can believe in, that will bring out voters who gave up voting, the 18 year olds who also have dreams.

Please set out your policies and dreams Jeremy, we want to know how you and your party are going to reduce inequality, increase inclusion, have higher regard for global humanity, the environment and social justice. Nothing is worse than the rot of the tories, they have no respect, be the alternative, the honest alternative. Help this nation believe, and respect itself, dream and unite.



Author: James

Currently I work part time for both Frontier Youth Trust ( and Communities Together Durham ( and am also self employed and do various aspects of youthwork consultancy, including training, writing, lecturing, seminars and written pieces, including organisational consultancy, community profiling and detached/youthwork training. Please do get in touch if I can be of help to you in your church, project or organisation to develop your youth and community work. I have contributed to 'Here be Dragons (2013), and two recent articles in the youth and theology journal and 'ANVIL' the CMS online journal. My recent employment includes, working for FYT as a youthwork development adviser, being the centre director at Durham YFC, and before this I was known as 'Mr Sidewalk' as I was the project coordinator for the Sidewalk Project in Perth, where I facilitated the delivery of 5 years of detached youthwork on the streets, schools and communities to engage with young people , and support through alcohol misuse issues. In 2017 I completed an MA in Theology & Ministry at St John's College, Durham, and in 2008 graduated from ICC (now NTC Glasgow) with an honours degree in youth work with Applied theology.

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