Left Unity welcomes the calling of a General Election, writes National Secretary Felicity Dowling. We will campaign wholeheartedly for the socialist ideas and policies presented in the Labour manifesto, whilst continuing to work for the politics which distinguish Left Unity.
As poverty and austerity grind deeper yet, into our communities, Left Unity welcomes the chance to talk on the doorsteps and in the streets and workplaces, and to call for a vote for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.
This is going to be one of the nastiest – yet most crucial – campaigns on record. A Labour victory will set the right-wing project back, and a defeat will open the way for more poverty, racism, and loss of services, including in the NHS and education, and potentially defeat on taking steps to avert the critical climate catastrophe.
Johnson represents a rise in the Right globally together with Trump, Orban, Bolsonaro and Duterte. A Johnson victory would still more seriously damage the NHS, workers’ rights, our kids’ schools and futures, the environment, free speech and more. A Johnson government would be to the right of Thatcher. His is the rule of chaos capitalism.
We have strongly opposed Brexit since before the referendum, but have no sympathy with the pro-austerity record of the Lib Dems. We will continue to advocate a No vote in a future Brexit referendum, and to work closely with the left and workers’ organisations in Europe and beyond.
Left Unity has differences with Labour on NATO, on nuclear weapons, on capitalism, on free movement, on Brexit and more. We will still call for support for our ideas, and invite people to join us, but during the election it’s all hands to the plough. We are not a debating club, we are organised so as to defend working-class communities and to build a better world. At this point, a Labour government will be a step in that direction.
There are huge working-class issues to be raised in this election.
There is also an economic crisis looming.
Johnson is down, now let’s get him out. We will do the world a favour.
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