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General Election — One we can win!

PARLIAMENT has closed for the summer and the silly season has begun. Normally this is the time when the movers and shakers of the ruling class depart to their watering holes in the Caribbean, Lombardy or the south of France. But this is not a normal year, and many of the great and good are staying behind to prepare for what many believe is a snap election in the autumn.

The new Tory leader, Boris Johnson, is already on the campaign trail making all sorts of promises he can’t possibly keep and repeating one — that we will be out of the European Union (EU), one way or another, by the end of October — that he simply cannot ignore.

Johnson cannot seriously believe that Brussels is going to budge from the withdrawal agreement they thought they had made with Mrs May or that any majority can be found in this fractious parliament for the alternative ‘No-deal’ Brexit.

Although Brussels would undoubtedly grant Britain yet another extension that, in itself, can only be done at the request of a British Government. It’s hard to imagine Johnson getting that passed by his Cabinet which is now almost exclusively in the hands of Tory Eurosceptics. They want a ‘No-deal’ departure and they are well aware of Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party breathing down their necks. The other alternative is a snap general election that Johnson hopes will give the Tories a working majority in the House of Commons and a Brexit mandate that will enable them to continue the austerity regime in the name of free trade and open markets. Or so he thinks.

A snap election under our ludicrous fixed-parliament terms needs the agreement of the Opposition but that’s no problem. Jeremy Corbyn says Labour would welcome an election and that he is “not in the slightest” bit worried about the challenge. Neither are we.

A snap election is a golden opportunity to kick the Tories out. If it comes we must use every resource the labour movement possesses to win the biggest possible vote for Labour — but victory will come only by mobilising the mass support that swept Corbyn to the helm of the party in the first place. For far too long Corbyn has been surrounded by advisers who seem to believe that the best form of defence is retreat.

The surrender to the Zionist camp over the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism is being used, as we feared, to stifle all meaningful support for the Palestinian people; and trying to appease the bourgeois media only feeds the flames of the anti-Corbyn hate campaign.

Some believed that appeasing Zionist sentiment and embracing bourgeois liberal values would end the endless internal rows and enable the Corbyn leadership to concentrate its fire on the Tories. They were much mistaken.

At the end of the day there is nothing we can do about the BBC and the rest of the mainstream media. They exist, after all, only to serve the ruling class. Labour cannot win this election by relying on the bourgeois media to let the people know what its policies are.

The Blairites and Zionists are paper tigers. They represent no-one but themselves. Working people are not interested in the views of Alistair Campbell or Lord Mandelson. What the people want to know is whether Labour can end austerity and empower the unions to raise the standard of living of every worker across the country.

Labour’s message must reach out to everyone on the street and in the factories, offices, colleges and estates across the land. That’s the way to win!