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  1. Friday 1st
    posted by Morning Star in Editorial

    REMAIN supporters deployed an argument in the EU referendum that a Leave vote would inevitably usher in a Boris Johnson-led government intent on igniting a bonfire of human rights.

    The Left Leave (Lexit) counter-argument was that defeat for David Cameron government’s Remain stance would set Tories at each other’s throats.

    Even the Morning Star expected hard-right maverick Johnson to be a front-runner in the Tory leadership stakes, but he has failed to make it to the stalls.

    Our paper predicted correctly that Cameron’s defeat would spark Tory intercine conflict against which even rats in a sack might turn up their noses.

    Tory inner-party chaos should offer prime opportunities to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, which has acquitted itself very well since his election last September.

    Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell promised different politics and stood by it — most decisively by declaring that austerity-lite Labour was henceforth an anti-austerity party.

    They dropped decades-long hostility to public ownership, insisting that Labour would renationalise our railways and enthused hundreds of thousands of mainly younger people to join Labour.

    Corbyn’s Labour took a new approach in Parliament, exploiting Tory divisions to oblige Cameron and George Osborne to retreat on welfare cuts, compulsory schools academisation in England, Saudi prison contracts, an entire Budget and support for steel industry survival.

    Labour has thrived electorally, retaining office in Wales, winning four mayoral contests, increasing its share of the vote in parliamentary by-elections and all but emulating a previous high in English local elections.

    Not a bad scorecard, after just nine months, to use as a launch pad for attacking a Tory Party holed below the waterline.

    But he faces sustained attack from his own side through a campaign of rolling resignations, carping criticism and relentless demands that he chuck in the towel because he cannot win a general election.

    What upsets New Labour most about Corbyn is not his supposed “unelectability.” Precisely the opposite.

    Tony Blair, who is doubtless hoping that a Labour leadership election will divert attention from the Chilcot inquiry report when finally published next Wednesday, made clear his view on Corbyn last time round.

    “I wouldn’t want to win on an old-fashioned leftist platform. Even if I thought it was the route to victory, I wouldn’t take it,” said the blood-soaked highly remunerated apologist for various brutal dictatorships.

    He and his followers see Corbyn as a threat to the political model they created and they are assuredly right.

    Corbyn demonstrates on a daily basis that an alternative to the Westminster elite’s tired consensus of neoliberalism and overseas wars is possible.

    “Unity” candidate Angela Eagle’s reticence to challenge him openly recognises that his resignation is essential to assist her parliamentary colleagues to freeze out any socialist candidate, exemplifying the coup-plotters’ weakness.

    It is as laughable as Owen Smith’s efforts to evade tarnishment as an Iraq war supporter by sole virtue of not having been an MP in 2003, even though he was working for pro-war minister Paul Murphy at the time and kept quiet.

    The co-ordinated anti-Corbyn coup was, as firefighters’ leader Matt Wrack noted yesterday, laid out in detail by the Torygraph three weeks ago.

    What stands in its way is Corbyn’s rejection of demands to do the Establishment’s dirty work for it by resigning.

    The Morning Star is content to again be the only daily paper — alongside most trade unions and the bulk of Labour’s membership — to continue to back him.

    Let the coup-plotters deliver their challenge or accept that times have changed and that they must learn to accept democracy.



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