Sunday, June 21, 2015
If you marched against austerity on 20 June (or if you wished you could) - now support Jeremy Corbyn
Yesterday’s marches against austerity were a timely and appropriate response to the election of the most reactionary Government of our lifetimes – the spirit of the marchers is an inspiration for the resistance which will be required. The immediate challenge is to find a way to focus the determination of the marchers in a way which puts pressure upon a Government with a Parliamentary majority.
We all need to continue the struggle to defend the working class and the welfare state in our own roles and localities – but now, unlike five years ago, there is also a simple, unifying cause which enables all opposed to austerity to express that opposition together in a way which impacts upon the Westminster bubble.
The bigger the support for Jeremy Corbyn in the Labour leadership election, the greater the pressure on the Parliamentary opposition to oppose, and the greater the political space within which to articulate and fight for an alternative – indeed if everyone who marched yesterday, joined the Labour Party (or registered to vote as a supporter) voted for Jeremy he could win.