Sinn Féin recorded a stunning advance in the latest Irish general election, topping the poll with 24.5%. The two dominant parties since partition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could only muster 43.1% between them, their worst combined showing in the history of the state.
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.
The Labour Party launched its manifesto on 21 November, setting out a comprehensive series of policy commitments that would improve the majority of people’s lives. This is in stark contrast to real alternatives that voters face from the other political parties standing in this UK general election.
The election plans laid out by the two major parties mean that it is crystal clear only Labour has policies to address the current crises – the combined crises of the climate catastrophe as well as the stagnation of the economy and living standards.
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.