The final countdown has begun. With less than a week left of election campaigning, Corbyn and Johnson took part in the final televised head-to-head on 6 December. The debate revealed a contrast that could barely be clearer.
December’s general election has the potential to mark an historic turning point. It is an opportunity to build a mass movement to demand a society that works for the millions. It’s a chance to kick out the Tories and put Jeremy Corbyn in number ten.
The seemingly intractable problem of Brexit continues. After MPs rejected Boris Johnson’s plans to rush his deal with the EU through in three days, a further extension requested by Parliament against the wishes of the government was granted. Now, voters are set to go to the polls on 12th December after Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour backed the call, assured that a ‘no deal’ Brexit is effectively off the table.
The election of the Eton-educated, racist toff Boris Johnson as Tory leader and thus the new Prime Minister reflects the political crisis of British capitalism, but it also poses a fresh and urgent challenge to the workers’ movement.
The movement of school climate strikes has spread from Stockholm to all corners of the world, marking a crossroads between peaceful complicity in our own demise, and further action to save the climate for good.
The European election in Britain – which was never meant to have taken place – saw the two main parties take a battering as voters largely used the poll to voice their opinion on Brexit.
Socialist Party member Chris Baugh is standing for re-election as AGS. He is the candidate supported by PCS Left Unity – the union’s broad left. Socialist Party members Marion Lloyd and Dave Semple are standing for re-election to the NEC on the Democracy Alliance slate – supported by PCS Left Unity and the PCS Democrats.
In late February, the long predicted Blairite split from the Labour Party – or at least its first wave – finally emerged, with the resignation of seven MPs to launch the so-called Independent Group. They were soon joined by one other from the Labour benches and three pro-EU Tories, including Anna Soubry.