With the continuous rise of university tuition fees, a general lack of enthusiasm from students for a university education and the cutting of university maintenance grants, it's hard to imagine a society where education, in all its forms, is free. But that's what Jeremy Corbyn wants to get us.
As announced in a new Labour pledge pack, Corbyn outlines plans for a National Education Service that would see free education "to all throughout their lives".
Along with nine other pledges for what Labour will campaign for and what a Labour government will do if elected at the next general election, a National Education Service would "bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all," and "guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training."
In the 10 Pledges To Transform Britain manifesto, Corbyn explains that the Tory Government is "taking Britain backwards and failing to meet the challenges of our time". The pledges outline Labour's "plan" that "will rebuild our society." The full announcement of the National Education Service reads:
"We will build a new National Education Service, open to all throughout their lives. We will ensure there is universal childcare to give all children a good start in life, allowing greater sharing of caring responsibilities and removing barriers to women participating in the labour market.
"We will bring about the progressive restoration of free education for all; and guarantee quality apprenticeships and adult skills training."
A free, universal education service isn't the only tempting pledge in the announcement. Other potential policies that awaken any leftist's senses include security for renters via better tenant rights and rent controls, the creation of a million good quality jobs, stronger employment rights, an end to health service privatisation, investment in community-owned renewable energy, boosted wages for the poor, the closing of the gender pay gap and more.
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Whether the pledges will be enough to boost Corbyn's popularity remains to be seen. So far, members of Labour's Momentum are rumoured to be organising a "secret plan" against Corbyn and new polling figures suggest the Tories have a 19-point lead; another poll by YouGov suggests Corbyn is leading with 34% of the vote with the Conservatives on 33%. Meanwhile other members and supporters of the party plead for everyone to stop shitting on the leader, for fear that'll make things worse.