Leave Labour to the right?

Submitted by martin on 18 November, 2015 - 11:37 Author: Martin Thomas

Socialist Worker of 14 November calls for the Momentum group, launched as a follow-up by members of the Corbyn Labour leader campaign team, to turn away from "internal Labour Party battles".

"Some in Momentum have been quoted as saying their task is to 'turn the attention of their supporters towards the battles that will take place within the Labour Party'.

"Tensions inside Labour mean there is always infighting... But the strength of Corbyn’s election campaign was based on the hundreds of thousands of people who signed up looking for radical change.

"It would be a shame if that potential was lost on internal Labour Party battles".

That policy would mean that the "infighting" continued, but with the right wing having a clear sweep while the left looked away.

It would guarantee triumph for the Labour right's drive to use their entrenched positions among MPs and in the party machine to undo the Corbyn leadership victory.

Momentum groups should certainly be more active on the streets, over tax credit cuts, over the NHS and the junior doctors' dispute, over Trident. But they should also organise to tackle the Labour right face-to-face, toe-to-toe, in a battle to transform the labour movement.

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