BRITAIN’S communists have heralded Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour Party leadership contest as opening a new stage in the political struggle.
National trade union organiser Graham Stevenson told the Communist Party’s executive committee at the weekend that it was a “shift of great significance — but only the beginning.
“Who can now doubt that Corbyn, with his calm message of hope, has electrified potential mass support for Labour, a shift always potentially there, if not immediately obvious given the nature of the British working class,” Mr Stevenson declared.
Mr Stevenson said that the Corbyn campaign had demonstrated that “the age of look-alike, sound-alike, think-alike politicians is on its way out.
“The very idea that a party prepared to abandon its core values for electoral gain can somehow be inspirational now looks distinctly ludicrous.”
Mr Stevenson said that anti-austerity campaigning led by the People’s Assembly, opposition to the Tory Welfare Bill and the decision of major Labour-affiliated unions such as Unite, Unison and CWU to back the only socialist candidate were vital factors in the success of Mr Corbyn’s campaign.
He underlined the importance of fighting plans to slash more of the welfare budget, proposals to sell off social housing and take military action in Syria with the illicit intention of undermining the Assad government.
Mr Stevenson also highlighted the significance of trade unionists’ determination to defeat Tory plans to curb political and industrial protest, choke off union funds and outlaw ballots which support strike action.
He paid tribute to the “outstanding” role played by the Morning Star in recent political developments and to the policy advances made by communists and their allies at last week’s TUC conference, where the CP published a daily broadsheet Unity! and a new pamphlet opposing further anti-union legislation, Kill the Bill.
The CP executive committee condemned the failure of the Westminster government and the EU to co-ordinate sufficient help for refugees “fleeing from the consequences of imperialism’s economic, political and military policies” in the Middle East and Africa.