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Issue No. 2472

Let’s all rise to the challenge posed by Corbyn’s victory 

Jeremy Corbyn’s stunning Labour leadership victory is not “a threat to state security”. But it is potentially a major threat to Tory security.

His anti-austerity agenda has galvanised hundreds of thousands and could lead to significant anti-Tory confrontations.

The challenge is that, despite massive support outside parliament, Corbyn has little support within the right wing majority of Labour MPs. 

They will try to trap him in compromise and parliamentary electoralism.

This new political energy could quickly be squandered. It must be channelled as a matter of urgency, built through the union movement and community campaigns.

It is a challenge for local Labour Party groups. They will need to be persuaded to move beyond electoralism into productive united front activity with those beyond their ranks.

It is also a challenge for the wider left to draw the new enthusiasts by their thousands into political action.

John ClossickSouth London


I am over the moon at news that Jeremy Corbyn is the new leader of the Labour Party.

Real change at last—and not before time. I want to see LGB and T at the top of the agenda.

I am heartbroken every time I hear of another transgender person having taken their life or being haunted, hunted and bullied.

I’m joining the Labour Party!

Alex WarnerCheshire


Jeremy Corbyn has always been a self-confessed anti-monarchist. So why should he sing the national anthem?

The row highlights how desperate the Tories get when an opposition leader stands up for their principles.

Moreover it exposes how many of Corbyn’s opponents, Labour or Tory, use the idea of “respect” for the monarch as ammunition. 

Nick VinehillNorfolk

Why I back Burgess

The idea of choosing a female general secretary for the Unison union, whose membership is made up mostly of women, is a powerful one.

Under the current male incumbent, Dave Prentis, we have seen services butchered, a pay freeze, privatisation and attacks on pensions.

The response has been inadequate. 

Voting for Dave Prentis is voting for more of the same. Unfortunately voting for Heather Wakefield is also a vote for more of the same. 

She was the lead negotiator in the local government pay dispute and in the pensions dispute.

The general secretary fight is less about gender and more about rank and file versus bureaucrats. 

John Burgess has shown time and again he puts the members’ interests ahead of everything else. 

I need a leader who gives us confidence to fight against austerity—not to pull the rug from under my feet when we get going! 

Helen DaviesEast London

Blame the British state 

David Cameron has again showed his incompetence with the falling apart of the devolved government in Stormont, Northern Ireland.

Westminster’s long policy of divide and rule does nothing for the working class in both communities.

Robert GillanGlasgow

A no-fly zone will lead to more chaos in Syria 

Seeing the desperation of Syrians fleeing repression or terror, people cry out, “Something must be done”.

Some believe that a no-fly zone would bring peace and security.

But a no-fly zone has to be enforced. Planes flouting it would be shot down by the forces of countries whose interventions have destabilised the Middle East. Ground installations would be bombed.

Western intervention is part of the problem. It cannot be part of the solution.

Bombing Libya created a chaotic failed state. The US-imposed settlement in Iraq fostered sectarianism.

We must resist calls for further intervention. 

We need to build solidarity with refugees, and with revolutionary and democratic groups in Syria and the wider Middle East.

Sarah CoxNorth West London

A big boost for Gallery strikers

It was a great week for National Gallery strikers last week.

Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour leader. 

And John McDonnell was appointed shadow chancellor—both have always backed our strike.

Then on Monday Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, came to our strike meeting. But one of the best bits was when we got a shout out from Corbyn at the TUC conference in Brighton.

Some people who don’t often come to the picket line came down and were really boosted by it.

It made us think, we’re doing all right. It’s given us all a massive boost.

National Gallery strikerLondon

York says yes to refugees

Some 1,500 people marched through York on 12 September to say, “Refugees Welcome Here!”.

It was the biggest demonstration in the city since those against the Iraq war in 2003.

Kevin McCaighyYork

Football fans show support

FC United football fans displayed a giant banner saying, “Refugees Welcome Here” during a match against Corby Town in Manchester on 12 September.

Many supporters also donated food to support refugees and migrants.


Is the ‘family’ a real thing?

I'm looking forward to reading Judith Orr’s new book. But I can't get my mind around her use of the word "family" as I think it doesn’t exist.

People get together, possibly have children or adopt. This humaneness seems much more real than the "family".

David PaensonFrankfurt, Germany

How to say no to the Metro?

Is there any possibility of getting a left wing challenge to the Metro’s monopoly of the free newspaper market?

It is going completely unchallenged and effectively saturating the morning commute with right wing propaganda.

Leon ReedBy email

It’s one rule for the rich...

One minute Britain is a poor island that can’t afford to fund services or help refugees.

The next we’re an enormous superpower out to bomb the world.

Getting organised makes things clearer. There are two classes—the ruling class and the rest—and we bear the brunt of the system while they get the comforts.

And our rulers fear our potential to take their privilege away.

Julie RichardsonSwansea

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Tue 22 Sep 2015, 15:00 BST
Issue No. 2472
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