THE CORBYN CAMPAIGN
Corbyn will need maximum support when he's elected Labour Leader. The vast majority of Labour MPs are hostile to everything he stands for - see yesterday's article about TUSC in the Coventry Telegraph HERE.
In particular, as Dave Nellist says in the article, "his first action [as leader] should be to instruct local Labour councils to halt cuts and direct a strategy to resist austerity".
He will have our unqualified support if he does that!
Already, hundreds of Labour councillors have come out in support of Corbyn, (many who support TUSC). But they constitute only a small percentage of existing Labour councillors - so there's much work to be done!
You would think that a political party would welcome 600,000 new members and supporters, but Labour's right-wing are saying that many of those people don't share' "Labour's values".
But what "values" would they be? Support for free market, big business capitalism?
Compare the clauses below and see which values we might be talking about. New Labour's values are not ours. We believe they are not Corbyn's either.
Clause IV Part 4 (1918) - deleted by Blair and Co.
To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.
Clause IV Part 2A (1995)
A dynamic economy, serving the public interest, in which the enterprise of the market and the rigour of competition are joined with the forces of partnership and co-operation to produce the wealth the nation needs and the opportunity for all to work and prosper with a thriving private sector and high-quality public services where those undertakings essential to the common good are either owned by the public or accountable to them.