Billy Bragg backs Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leader

We have a very clear choice, three party wannabe leaders who are party apparatchiks, who are the reason Labour lost the last two elections, Liz Kendall backed by Blair lobbyists with her false smile and as much charm as a call centre sales girl, or Jeremy Corbyn who offers vision and integrity.

Daily Mail helpfully gave a list of what Jeremy Corbyn stands for ironically and why you should back him, though that probably was not their intention.

  • re-nationalise railways, electricity and Post Office
  • higher rate of tax for the rich
  • windfall tax on the rich
  • increase corporation tax
  • anti-austerity
  • opposition to welfare cuts hitting poorest people
  • eliminate welfare for corporations
  • action on tax dodgers
  • scrap university tuition fees

Labour has since Blair (maybe before) been owned lock stock and barrel by lobbyists, corporate interests and the banks.

Party apparatchiks crawl up through the system.

When they leave, they become lobbyists (as many of the Blair cronies became) or on the boards of the companies they acted as puppets for, they still (and this is bloody incredible) retain their Parliamentary passes which means they can wander around Westminster as they wish.

What is incensing them so much, is Jeremy Corbyn is an outsider, he is not tainted by the system, and because of this he is attracting massive public support.

If the three Tory clones were to take the leadership, nothing would change, Labour would remain unelectable. And even if electable, nothing would change.

The assumption is, we have to act through Parliament. Why? We take to the streets, and Jeremy Corbyn would be with us on the streets.

But I would also urge a word of caution. We cannot be too reliant upon leaders. We have to organise at grass roots. In Revolution Russell Brand warned against putting too much faith in leaders.

Syriza did their best but they were up against the Fourth Reich.

This is quote is highly relevant (from Plan C):

Now is the moment for a broad alliance of social forces to bring forward a ‘Plan C’, based on social collaboration, decentralized self-government and the stewardship of common goods. Without overlooking its significance, national electoral politics is not the privileged field of action when it comes to social transformation. The withering away of democracy in Europe should be complemented and challenged by the fortification of self-organized communities at a local level and the forging of strong bonds between them, along with a turn to a solidarity- and needs-based economy, and the collective management and defense of common goods.

SNP cannot understand why Labour are there. They are failing to scrutinise, failing to act for the poorest in the land who are suffering.

The poor are being bled dry, but Labour sit on their hands, because they think it is in the best interest of the party.

What do they think they are there for, for the few who voted for them?

If they do not act for those who voted for them, there will be even fewer next time round.

They will be seen as the LibDems, an irrelevance. Something from a bygone age, when we had workers and factories and trade unions and carts drawn by horses.

We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to change the way politics functions in this country.

20:20 launched a few days ago. Every day for twenty days (five already gone) encourage someone to register as Labour Party supporter and vote for Jeremy Corbyn.

If you want to vote for Jeremy Corbyn, simply register as a Labour Party Supporter at a one off fee of £3 and you can vote.

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