Solidarity notes with dismay the recent attempt by Labour MPs to undermine Jeremy Corbyn, a principled, selfless socialist. Yet again his own MPs conspire to weaken their hugely popular leader, elected by the party’s members with a massive majority.
It is a matter of public record that the majority of the British people support Jeremy Corbyn’s Socialism of the 21st Century Policies (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-s-policy-blitz-poll-supported-by-majority-of-british-public-a7685016.html).
While we disagree with Jeremy Corbyn’s current position on the question of Scottish Independence, we find many areas of common ground, including but not limited to:
- Free school meals for primary school children, (echoing Tommy Sheridan’s 2002 policy for free school meals for all children).
- Introducing VAT on children’s school fees (Solidarity would abolish private schools but start by rescinding their charitable status)
- £10-an-hour minimum wage – (Solidarity policy also)
- Raise top rate of tax to 50p from 45p
- Renationalise British railways
- Renationalise power companies
We are pleased to note also that Jeremy Corbyn is patron of Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Solidarity is an affiliated member of Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
Jeremy is also a long-standing patron of CND, echoing Solidarity’s unmitigated opposition to nuclear weapons. He was also for many years chair of Stop the War, an organisation Solidarity is proud to support.
In fact, we view Jeremy Corbyn as the most left-wing Labour leader in our lifetime
It is also completely untrue that Jeremy Corbyn is “unelectable”. Far from it: he packed meeting rooms and venues across Britain in his General Election campaign – it reminded us of Tommy Sheridan in his Hope Over Fear tour of Scotland, prior to the Scottish Independence referendum.