There is now a concerted ruling class offensive to completely discredit Jeremy Corbyn as part of an overall project of burying Corbynism. Corbyn is the most left-wing leader Labour has ever had, opposed to imperialist wars, to racism and discrimination, and opposed to austerity. The left needs to defend the positive legacy of Corbyn on all these fronts in order to mount any defence now or be able to advance in the future.
Government policy in Britain remains much closer to ‘herd immunity’, which is tantamount to letting the Covid-19 crisis rip through the population, than to an effective lockdown.
Richard Burgon is the best candidate for Deputy Leader of Labour, who will ensure Labour fights the Tories’ savage agenda of austerity, racism and war.
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.
The formation of Boris Johnson’s hard right Cabinet makes crystal clear the meaning of a Tory Brexit. It is to subordinate Britain to a trade deal with the US in which the NHS would be up for sale, in which food standards would be cut to US levels, in which rights at work would be reduced to US levels, and in which a fundamental attack would be launched on Britain’s welfare state.
The defection of nine Labour MPs, of whom eight were immediately joined by three Tory defectors in the Independent Group, marks a new phase in the ruling class offensive to attempt to prevent a Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party winning the next general election.