Now its getting exciting. The new leader of the British Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn is a socialist and an active member of various campaigns such as Stop the War Committee and Palestine Solidarity Campaign. With the vote of 60% of Labour members he has the biggest mandate in history of British politics. The Labour Party has trebled in size during the election campaign tripled (from 200,000 to 600,000) and many more have joined after Jeremy’s victory.
But he has a problem. His party will remain in the hands of a right-wing apparatus. Only 10% of Labour MPs support him completely and some well-known MPs have already resigned from their shadow ministries. Nevertheless, Jeremy is a beacon of hope for everyone fighting austerity – not just in the UK but also worldwide.
Many Britons are not staying at home and waiting for the next general election. On the day of Jeremy’s victory, between 50,000 and 100,000 demonstrated in Britain for refugee rights. On October 4, the TUC (which represents British Trade Unions) is organizing a mass demonstration in front of the Conservative Party Conference. Many of Jeremy’s supporters – both inside and outside the Labour Party will be there.
Next Saturday, September 19, the LINKE Internationals group is organizing a discussion with Pete Green, national spokesperson of Left Unity, the left party, co-founded by Ken Loach. We will evaluate Jeremy’s election victory with Pete, and discuss its meaning for socialists in the UK and Germany. The discussion will be in English, with translation into German if required. If you have questions, or would like to contribute to the debate, please come by.
The meeting is taking place in the Cafe commune, Reichenberger Straße 157 (U-Bahn Kotbusser Tor).