The largest scale political and organisational attack on the Labour Party’s left wing since the Second World War is currently unfolding within the party. But despite the defeats that have been suffered the Labour left remains the largest political force engaged in resistance to the Tories’ attacks.
Labour Leader Keir Starmer has recently staked out a distinct position from the Tory government on climate change, that falls well short of what is needed. Labour proposes that £30 billion is put into a “green recovery” – well below the £85 billion investment proposed by the TUC. There needs to be an unremitting campaign to pressure the government, but Starmer is reluctant to challenge it.
Labour’s Women’s conference held at the end of June demonstrated that despite the Leadership’s best efforts, from suspensions and demoralisation from Labour’s leadership, the left is very much alive and kicking. All six left CLP candidates for the new Women’s Committee were elected – an outstanding victory.
Under Starmer Labour has lost a parliamentary seat to the Tories in a town that Labour has held continuously for over 60 years. Leading the Labour Party to the right is having its inevitable outcome.
Keir Starmer’s speech on A New Chapter for Britain was heralded as a breakthrough moment where he would simultaneously set out his vision for the economy and society while beginning to outline a wholly different economic policy.
If that was its purpose, it failed miserably in every respect.
Capitalism requires Labour to support its current offensive. The Labour’s right wing cannot guarantee to do that as they do not have the situation within the party sufficiently under their control. Hence the attempts to crush Corbyn and persecute his supporters – which should be resisted.