Backing John MDonnell
With the left increasing its influence in the social movements and the working class movement elements of the permanent Labour left have decided to take a stand. With Labour now further to the right then it has ever been John McDonnell has launched his campaign for the Labour leadership. Despite the fact that the meagre forces of the Socialist Campaign Group will not be enough to get him on the ballot it is a campaign that aim’s to re-engage the traditional left with the new movements. John’s campaign wants to hold meetings and events for the grass roots across the country over the tasks of the political left along the model of the stop the war movement.
Although the campaign is doomed to failure it (along with the election of Walter Wolfgang on to the Labour NEC) should provide encouragement to the whole left and be a boost to forces like Respect who want to work with and grow from the remains of left reformism within the Labour Party.
The description of the campaign on his website:
John's campaign will be a direct challenge to the current political consensus. Millions of people are yearning for an alternative to the policies of war and privatisation promoted by the three major political parties. For the first time in years, they no longer have a political voice.
Over the coming weeks and months, John will be convening a series of meetings across the country which will discuss and flesh out the policy programme of a real Labour government.
Below are some of the policies that John will be campaigning for:
· Support for public services. Against the continued privatisation and marketisation of our public services.
· Support for free and comprehensive education. Against trust schools, rich donors and tuition fees.
· Support for alternative green power sources, conservation and clean British coal. Against the costs and risk of nuclear power.
· Support for civil liberties and trade union rights. Against reactionary incursions into the rights of free speech, assembly and trial.
· Support for a Government committed to peace, withdrawal from
· Support for increasing the basic state pension and immediately restoring the link to earnings. Against forcing more people on to the means test.