Jeremy Corbyn is a Labour Party member after his unjust suspension. The Labour whip should be restored immediately.
The campaign to defend Corbyn is vital for the entire left. Corbynism will be crucial in the battles ahead, to block the government’s catastrophic response to the pandemic, to oppose the enormous austerity offensive already under way, to fight the disastrous effects of Brexit, to fight resurgent racism and many other issues.
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.