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Right wing attacks add to Corbyn’s momentum

Jeremy Corbyn spoke to Judith Orr at one of the many rallies in his bid to become Labour Party leader

Issue No. 2466

Jeremy Corbyn at a campaign rally in Bradford last week

Jeremy Corbyn at a campaign rally in Bradford last week (Pic: Neil Terry)


The surge in support for Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour leadership bid has seen thousands attend meetings.

The media and the Labour Party establishment are desperate to derail the campaign. 

Tony Blair’s spin doctor Alistair Campbell is the latest to join in. He urged people to join to vote “ABC—Anyone But Corbyn”.

They’re hoping to undermine the result if he wins on 12 September.

They have accused the far left of “entryism”—joining a party they don’t agree with to gain influence. 

But this is an attempt to dismiss the numbers of people joining Labour to take part in the election. 

Up to 190,000 people have joined Labour or registered as supporters since the May general election. Most have joined since Corbyn declared his candidacy.

The popularity of Corbyn’s anti-austerity message goes against all of his opponents’ assumptions. 

Jeremy Corbyn spoke to Socialist Worker after several days of huge meetings in different towns and cities.

“It’s like there’s been a fizzy drink in a bottle and we have taken the cork out,” he said, “And that fizzy drink is one of optimism, it’s one of hope.

“It’s about an egalitarian sort of society, it’s about social justice and it’s about peace.”

Enthusiasm

Every report points to the unexpected enthusiasm generated by the leadership election. Corbyn himself is no less surprised. 

“It’s been incredible,” he said.  

“We had about 2,000 people in Leeds and over the weekend another 2,000 turned out at different rallies in Yorkshire. It’s been a fantastic atmosphere.”

Corbyn says he will not respond to the red baiting attacks that he is facing from the press and right wing commentators. 

“We are not answering any personal attacks or abuse. We don’t do personal we don’t do abuse. I’m not interested. This is too serious.” 

Corbyn has shifted from seeing his campaign as just an opportunity to open a debate in the Labour Party. 

If the latest polls, which put him at 53 percent, are accurate it is now about the possibility of winning.

The right claims he wants to “turn the clock back” to “outdated” policies, such as nationalisation. 

But for many young people coming in to politics it is refreshing to hear someone argue that services should not be run for profit. 

Corbyn said, “I think people basically want to live with real security in their lives. To get real security means having good health care, good social services and properly funded local government.”

To the critics who say he’s unelectable, he said what he’s offering is “not complicated, it’s not that extreme. 

“We are just proposing something a bit better.” 


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