Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn: now back a public vote!

Submitted by martin on 15 January, 2019 - 9:40
Remain and rebel

Last week Solidarity published an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn from Sacha Ismail, an organiser of the new Labour stop-Brexit campaign Labour for a Socialist Europe.

The conclusion of that letter becomes even more urgent after the parliamentary vote on 15 January. We say again to Corbyn:

Now you should campaign boldly for a “People’s Vote”, and advocate a vote against Brexit.

Brexit evasion is putting Labour behind in the polls

Submitted by martin on 10 January, 2019 - 8:27 Author: Martin Thomas
Labour and Brexit

Latest polling, in early January, shows the Tories 6% ahead - their biggest lead since the 2017 general election, and at a time when the Tories are in chaos.

Individual polls are at best accurate to within a few per cent each way. But a moving average of all recent polls, pooling the random variations, shows that a general election today would probably see Labour's vote go down 6% and the Tories win an absolute majority: http://www.electionpolling.co.uk/polls/general-election.

Open letter to Corbyn: fight Brexit!

Submitted by AWL on 9 January, 2019 - 1:54 Author: Sacha Ismail
brexit march

“I think we need to respect the referendum. As I say, I think that there is a deal which can be struck within Parliament that brings everybody together, that respects the views and wishes of communities whether they voted Leave or Remain” —Rebecca Long-Bailey, Shadow Secretary for Business, Sky News, 16 December.

Comrade Corbyn!

Aaron Bastani’s Capitalist Realism

Submitted by cathy n on 25 December, 2018 - 8:57 Author: By Natalie Cassidy
Venezuelan currency

Mark Fischer in his book Capitalist Realism outlines the titular concept, summed up in the phrase “it is easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism”. In a recent Twitter outburst, this is the concept Novara co-founder Aaron Bastani reached for in retort to people reacting to his tweet about trade under a Corbyn-led Labour government:

Corbynism, Marxism, and "orthodox Marxism"

Submitted by martin on 19 December, 2018 - 11:20 Author: Interview with Harry Pitts and Matt Bolton
Postone, Fine, Heinrich

Above: Moishe Postone, Robert Fine, Michael Heinrich

Harry Pitts and Matt Bolton, authors of the book Corbynism: A Critical Approach, published in September 2018, talked with Martin Thomas from Solidarity. A review of the book can be found here

S: Tell us first how you came to be interested in this sort of thing, and writing this sort of book.

Rejoicing in nonsense

Submitted by AWL on 23 November, 2018 - 11:20 Author: Jim Denham
Corbyn and Brexit

“E-Useless: Corbyn Hits Out At ‘One Way’ Brexit – We can do better than this, Labour leader says” was the front page headline in the 19 November Morning Star.

Predictably, the pro-hard Brexit (sorry, “Lexit”) paper liked Corbyn’s interview on Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday (18 November), in which he’d opined “We’ll vote against (May’s) deal because it doesn’t meet our tests.”

Labour can stop Brexit

Submitted by cathy n on 14 November, 2018 - 7:57
Corbyn and Europe

On 9 November Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the German news magazine Der Spiegel that “we can’t stop Brexit”. But Labour can.

The Tories and the DUP are divided about May’s sketched-out soft-ish Brexit deal. If Labour MPs vote solidly against May’s deal, it probably can’t get through Parliament.

That reflects the fact that May’s proposals are unpopular — in surveys, 73% of the think the negations are going badly. The “hard” Brexit formulas favoured by the Tory right are unpopular. A “no deal” Brexit is more unpopular still.

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