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McCluskey: Corbyn should not rush to resign in event of Labour defeat
Patrick Maguire, New Statesman, Nov 19 2019

Trade unions have not watered down Labour’s manifesto pledges on climate and migration, Unite’s Len McCluskey has insisted. In a wide-ranging interview with the New Statesman, McCluskey, the general secretary of Labour’s most powerful union, said the manifesto, due to be launched on Thursday, would contain an “absolute commitment” to a 2030 target for net-zero carbon emissions. Reports have suggested that the final text of the manifesto states that a Labour government would make “substantial” progress towards net-zero by 2030, as opposed to the “overwhelming” progress proposed in the original draft, after lobbying from the GMB union. On immigration, Labour has also agreed a compromise position that falls short of its conference commitment to “maintain and expand free movement.” McCluskey had said in advance of Saturday’s Clause V meeting that the conference policy was not a “sensible approach.” Asked to respond to claims that union interventions had resulted in a less radical policy programme than the party’s grassroots would like, McCluskey told the NS:

I don’t think that’s true at all. I think that people will see that it is a radical programme, certainly in relation to climate change. Labour is the only party that is seriously engaging in a way to bring about real change in the climate. The 2030 target will be in there, with a real commitment. For example, with my own union, there’s been lots of debate and discussion with what we do with our energy companies, how we develop green energy and sustainable alternatives. So I don’t think people will be displeased with that.

Stressing that Unite supported the Green New Deal policy, as passed by Labour conference in September, which requires Labour to “work towards a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030,” he added:

There were concerns raised by the GMB, perfectly legitimate concerns, but that was talked about, and we reached a decision on that. My union is committed. I’m certainly not opposed to the free movement of labour, but obviously what we are saying is that that labour, wherever it’s coming from, has to be protected against the ravages of greedy, greedy bosses. They see migrant labour as vulnerable workers who they can abuse, and Labour is the only party that will step in with labour market regulations to protect them, and in that way, any concerns about undercutting of wages are dealt with. It’s only Labour that will do that. Hopefully, people will see that as a very radical step. I certainly see it as a correct and principled and humane way of dealing with the issues that are currently being talked about. This idea that somehow against migrant labour, or against free movement is completely and utterly wrong. It’s the opposite. It’s protecting migrant labour from being abused.

Though McCluskey’s interventions in the election debate have been repeatedly cited by Jo Swinson as evidence that Labour has become a cold house for Remainers, he argued:

Everybody who voted to Remain and feels that powerfully about it should vote Labour. Labour is the only party that is offering the chance of a second vote on this. I think the Liberal Democrats have made a huge, huge error, and I can see them being severely punished for it, unless in some Tory seats Labour voters decide to vote tactically where the Liberal Democrats are second. But for Jo Swinson to adopt a position of revoking Article 50, and whilst she’s doing it, revoking a democratic result where 17.4 million people voted to Leave, is extraordinary. I think she’s shot herself badly in the foot. That’s the most illiberal position that you could take. Labour’s position is honourable and credible and principled. I believe Remainers will flood to it. My message to Liberal Democrats is: Labour is the only party that offers you a way to unite our nation. My message to voters who support the Green Party: it’s Labour you should be giving your vote to, because it’s only Labour who can deliver on a green agenda that people who are committed to the Green Party obviously want.

McCluskey, who joined three other union leaders in criticising shadow cabinet ministers for declaring they would vote Remain in an NS piece earlier this month, stressed that Labour’s “bigger task” was to “persuade Leave voters, certainly in our heartlands” to stick with the party and “come home to Labour.” he said:

People voted to Leave for maybe two main reasons. One: the forgotten towns and cities being deindustrialised. But it’s only Labour that has policies to do something about that. The second reason was the issue and concerns about migrant labour in particular. Again, it’s only Labour that has policies to deal with those concerns. Leave voters who are still feeling undecided about whether they should vote Conservative or for the Brexit Party need to understand that the Conservatives will do nothing about those two main concerns. They have no policies to invest in communities, to invest in real manufacturing jobs in those forgotten towns and areas. In fact, it’s their policies that led to the deindustrialisation, and they’ve got no plans to reverse that. My message, and I’m going to be going around to some of our heartlands, is stay with Labour, come home to Labour. Don’t give your vote to a bunch of Tories who don’t understand you. Don’t give your vote to the phonies of the Brexit Party. Stay with Labour.

Speaking ahead of this evening’s head-to-head TV debate between Corbyn and Boris Johnson, McCluskey argued that the launch of Labour’s manifesto offered the party a chance to convince voters that “there’s more to life than Brexit.” He said:

Let’s talk about all of those issues that are so important to people: a British investment bank, regional investment banks, investing in our infrastructure and manufacturing, eliminating zero-hour contracts, a £10 minimum wage, protecting the NHS and our public services, which everybody wants more of! Committing to build a million homes over a decade. Tackling homelessness. Lifting the student debt off our young people’s shoulders. All of these things Labour is promising. The deal that they’re going to put to people is unbelievable. Free prescriptions. Free parking in hospitals, I mean, that might sound small beer, but do you know what? I know, and you’ll know, and everyone reading your thing will know hundreds, thousands of people who’ll be infuriated that they get fleeced every time they go and visit their loved ones who are sick. All of these things add up to an unbelievable offer that Labour is going to be making, one that will transform our society! When you look at Labour’s programme, oh my god! You would think that we would end up with a massive landslide, because it speaks to so many people!

Asked why current polling did not suggest an overwhelming Labour victory, he admitted that the Brexit debate had made it more difficult for Labour’s domestic agenda to cut through. ccusing the Conservatives of lying about the cost of Labour policies, he said:

There is no doubt that Brexit has poisoned the political debate. It has been so polarised. It’s why our nation is split in two. You look at Johnson, who peddles that division. You look at Jo Swinson, who peddles that division. It is incredibly difficult for a leader like Corbyn to try to unite. I’m an optimist, and I know that the message we are taking forward is a strong one, is a powerful one, and the challenge is to get it home.

Pressed on whether Corbyn would have to resign as leader, he said:

Well, obviously I’m not expecting Jeremy to lose. Jeremy would have to make a decision, along with other sections of the party. We would have to look at things. That’s why I say a period of reflection. Back in 2015, Ed Miliband resigned the following day. I think that was wrong of him to do that. You always need a period of reflection. The one thing I know about Jeremy Corbyn is that his election four years ago has changed British politics forever, and therefore we need to consider what this all means. We need to consider the election result. If it was a defeat, a defeat that I’m not expecting, then we’d have to look at the scale of that, and where it happened. That requires some calm deliberation. So whilst I don’t expect it, I certainly feel that there would have to be a proper debate and discussion.

Asked who among Labour’s new generation of MPs might contest the deputy leadership, McCluskey said:

I think the deputy leadership will come up, I suppose, at the same time as giving consideration to what has happened in the general election, and there’s lots of young, talented people coming forward. There’s lots of young, talented female representatives: Becky Long-Bailey, of course, Angela Rayner, Laura Pidcock, the Lisa Nandys of this world. There’s young males: Dan Carden, Richard Burgon. There’s lots of talent, and there’ll be new talent coming through. I know a number of Labour candidates who I believe will be elected, and what an exciting bunch they are: young, committed, radical.

Separately, McCluskey also predicted that Johnson’s Brexit deal would result in loyalist paramilitary violence, both in Northern Ireland and in Great Britain. McCluskey went on to say”:

Boris is a little bit like a second-hand car salesman. He didn’t want us to look under the bonnet of his deal to see what the engine was like. And how true that was. The current deal puts a border down the Irish Sea. That’s unbelievably dangerous. Have we got to wait for people to be blown up and killed? Whether these ports are in Stranraer or Pembroke or in Holyhead, or the areas in Northern Ireland where there’s going to be checks. Do the media not understand that loyalist paramilitary groups are meeting almost on a daily basis in Northern Ireland? It is incredibly reckless and dangerous. Now there’ll be lots of ordinary people who are concerned about other things and don’t see Ireland as a priority for them. But it will be a priority when that violence is brought into the rest of Britain. It’s dangerous, unbelievably dangerous, and we have to call it out.

Labour Party candidates pledge to ignore Corbyn’s Brexit policy and campaign for Remain
Thomas Scripps, WSWS, Nov 19 2019

Nearly 160 prospective Labour Party MPs have collectively defied party leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Brexit policy of seeking to negotiate a new deal with the EU before holding a second referendum, committing themselves to campaign for a Remain vote in all circumstances. This would involve opposing any deal Labour reached with the EU if elected to government. The 159 MPs, evenly split between sitting MPs and prospective candidates, signed a General Election pledge written by the Labour Remain campaigning group that reads:

Labour is committed to a confirmatory referendum, to give you the final say on Brexit. If elected as your Labour MP, I pledge to campaign to Remain in the EU.

These events shatter Corbyn’s belated attempt to push Brexit behind social issues in Labour’s election campaign, disingenuous given that he has spent the past year desperately manoeuvring to maintain unity with the pro-Remain Blairites in the Parliamentary Labour Party, while not alienating a large minority of pro-Brexit Labour voters and therefore excluding any possibility of forming a government. Corbyn’s central concern was to convince Britain’s ruling class that he alone could “heal the Brexit divide,” by offering a choice between a Brexit that still maintained access to the Single European Market and remaining within the EU. To reinforce this pledge to act as guardian of national unity and the “national interest” he even engaged in weeks of discussions with former prime minister Theresa May in an attempt to make her deal palatable to Parliament. This failed and Boris Johnson was the principal political beneficiary. Johnson repeatedly demanded a general election, but Corbyn refused to call a no-confidence vote that his Blairite MPs warned might risk a no-deal Brexit, earning the praise of Tony Blair himself for Corbyn’s “sensible and skilful” politicking. However, neither this pact with the Blairites, nor the noncommittal compromise agreed at Labour’s conference to negotiate a new Brexit deal before deciding on a stance in a second referendum, could ever have survived the calling of an election.

When he finally agreed to support a general election, Corbyn declared that he had told the party’s MPs that, for now, the Brexit debate was “over” and policy had been decided. This claim did not even last the day, as 117 Labour MPs either abstained on voting for a general election or voted against, just 10 less than voted with Corbyn. Most of those MPs are now involved in the Remain Pledge campaign openly defying party policy. On every fundamental issue confronting British imperialism, Corbyn is the leader of his party in name only, from the free vote on the bombing of Syria in 2015 just weeks after becoming leader, to supporting Remain in the 2016 Brexit referendum, instructing Labour councils to impose Tory cuts, agreeing to retain the nuclear deterrent and membership of NATO, capitulating before the anti-Semitism witch-hunt and allowing the expulsion of his closest supporters, on all these questions, it is the Blairites and their supporters in big business, the media and the state who dictate Corbyn’s policy. Even close Corbyn allies, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry have publicly stated that they will campaign for Remain in any future vote. Besides securing the UK’s continued membership of the EU, this latest campaign aims to further plans for tactical voting that will put a “Remain Alliance” of Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, the Greens and Plaid Cymru in power. Prominent pro-EU Labour MP David Lammy tweeted on Nov 11, following the Brexit Party’s announcement that it would not contest Tory-held seats:

Nigel Farage bottling it by standing down in Tory seats shows how vital it is for Remainers to cooperate.

Fellow Labour MP Peter Kyle told the Independent:

In these circumstances, Labour needs to do whatever it takes to ensure this election is not poisoned by Brexit. That means applying common sense in some constituencies where Labour don’t have a hope. I think that is what the country needs and what Labour should deliver. I don’t think we should be looking at party interests first right now. The stakes for our economy and our society are so high, we should be acting firstly in the national interest and hope that other parties do similarly.

The People’s Vote and Best for Britain campaigns, along with the remainunited.org and tactical-vote.uk websites, have all established so-called tactical voting services, recommending combined votes for over a 100 Labour, Liberal Democrat and Tory MPs in constituencies across the country. The Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru have made a Unite to Remain agreement, which Labour is being pressured to join, that will see certain MPs from each party stand aside in 60 seats others are looking to win. An alliance between Labour and the Remain parties, and possibly some strongly pro-EU Tories, is seen as an attractive option for cancelling Brexit without handing power to a Corbyn-led Labour government. According to Labour List, 10 of the 13 Labour seats selected by Unite to Remain are already being challenged by strongly pro-Remain Labour MPs. When the Liberal Democrat candidate for Canterbury, Tim Walker, announced he was giving way to the Labour MP Rosie Duffield, the Lib Dems party leadership announced it would stand another candidate. The Lib-Dems also vowed to contest the Tory-Labour marginal High Peak seat in Derbyshire, despite its own candidate’s reservations about handing the seat to the Tories. Making the position clear, Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has said:

I am absolutely, categorically ruling out Liberal Democrat votes putting Jeremy Corbyn into No 10. On so many grounds, Jeremy Corbyn is not fit for the job of prime minister.

Swinson referred to Corbyn as a “threat to national security,” underscoring the viciously right-wing character of the Remain faction of the British ruling class while also making clear the political costs of Corbyn’s policy of appeasement and retreat. Her attack centred on allegations that Corbyn was guilty of a “total dereliction of duty” in failing to “root out anti-Semitism in his own party.” Swinson was introduced by Luciana Berger, the Zionist Blairite and former Labour MP, who, Swinson claimed, had been “driven out of the Labour Party.” The list of candidate MPs pledged to campaign for Remain overlaps substantially with those who put their name to the scurrilous letter demanding the re-suspension of former Labour MP Chris Williamson in June, as part of ongoing attempts to smear left-wing Labour members as anti-Semites. Corbyn dutifully complied and later oversaw Williamson’s deselection as a Labour MP. He has, however, done nothing in response to the 100-plus MPs now pledged to oppose a Labour Brexit deal with the EU or against those calling for votes for other parties—including the war criminal Blair, who still retains party membership. In its 2016 Congress resolution, “Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party: The Strategic Lessons,” the SEP wrote:

The severing of relations with the EU not only threatens vital commercial interests, particularly London’s role as a centre for global financial speculation. It severely undermines Britain’s value to Pindostan, which is the essential precondition for its ability to project its global interests. Reversing the vote is therefore considered a strategic imperative … With the Tory Party committed to Brexit, any move to overturn the referendum has to involve Labour. But whether instigated by a Labour government, or with Labour in a ‘progressive alliance’ with sections of the Tories, Liberal Democrats, SNP and Plaid Cymru, this agenda depends on the party being solely accountable to the dictates of the ruling elite.

This prognosis has been wholly confirmed. Opposing the reactionary nationalist agenda of the Brexiteers while defeating the pro-business scheming of the Blairites, Tories, Liberal Democrats and SNP of the Remain camp and building a genuinely socialist and internationalist opposition to the EU requires the formation of an independent party of the working class for the United Socialist States of Europe.

Northern Ireland’s DUP will not support a Corbyn-led government
Reuters, Nov 19 2019

BELFAST – Northern Ireland’s DUP will not consider supporting a government led by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, as it would be “hugely detrimental” to the UK, DUP leader Arlene Foster said on Tuesday. The DUP has long been hostile to Corbyn because of his sympathy with Sinn Fein and their goal of a united Irish state. But Labour and the DUP are united in their opposition to Boris Johnson’s EU withdrawal agreement, and if the DUP retain their 10 seats in British parliamentary elections on Dec 12, they could be crucial in the formation of the next British government. DUP leader Arlene Foster told journalists in Belfast:

We are very clear that we will not be supporting a Jeremy Corbyn-led labour party in a government, because we believe Jeremy Corbyn would be hugely detrimental to the UK, in terms of the break-up of the UK. There are many, many reasons why couldn’t in all conscience support a Jeremy Corbyn-led administration.

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