The claim from the Tory government and its army of media supporters that the latest Budget has ended austerity is completely false. It is very important for the left and the labour movement as a whole that they grasp the character of the new attacks to come, so that they can resist them.
Support for Sinn Féin has increased dramatically in the opinion polls ahead of the Irish general election to be held on 8 February.
Merely a few days after his election victory Johnson has already made crystal clear what ‘Get Brexit done’ means. The section of his rapidly spelt out agenda which attracted immediate left-wing media attention is the assault on working class rights in Britain. But considered internationally deeply threatening is that Johnson is adding Britain to Trump’s US, Bolsonaro’s Brazil, Saudi Arabia and other forces in a policy heading to climate catastrophe.
There can be no illusions. In the election the working class and oppressed have suffered a serious defeat at the hands of the Tories. It means that the Tory Party, purged even of its fake ‘wets’, has five years to carry out its project of the ‘Americanisation’ of British society – to savagely attack workers’ rights and social protection.
Jeremy Corbyn should not resign and Corbynism must continue to lead the party – that is even more vital given the Tory onslaught which is coming.
The outcome of the election, and the vital winning of a Corbyn government, will be decided by whether in the final two and a half weeks of the campaign Labour can win over those who deserted it for the Lib Dems in the Euro elections.
On 5 November Jeremy Corbyn delivered a speech on Brexit in Harlow as a key part of launching Labour’s election campaign. The following is the entire speech – leaving out only a few courtesy introductory remarks.