Jeremy Corbyn’s new years message shows he’s not about to let the Tories off the hook. The Labour leader chose to use his New Years speech to warn Labour supporters that they need to continue to fight the looming spectre of climate change and in order to end the painful plague of poverty in the UK.
Corbyn goes on to call on Labour members to fight to protect the NHS and reminds them “We’ve built a movement, we are the resistance to Boris Johnson… our movement is very strong, we are half a million people and we are growing… we’re in every region and nation of our country”
He concludes the message by inviting others to join the resistance by signing up to the Labour movement. Given that millions of pro-remain supporters will likely feel horribly let down by the so-called Remain-Alliance parties who not only failed to gain a single seat between them but effectively split the remain vote and, as such, handed the Tories an election victory with a greatly increased mandate for a hard Brexit (perhaps even a no-deal Brexit), there might well be quite a few people now looking for a way out of this unholy mess.
What has become abundantly clear as a result of the 2019 election is that disunity and personal ambition on the left only leaves the door wide open for the right. In that context, Corbyn’s message of unity and hope is completely on the mark. Who people voted for in the 2019 election is history now, it no longer matters. What really matters is what they’re going to do next and joining the Labour movement is probably the best and only hope of resisting Tory austerity and privatisation policies, or a hard right Brexit that will impact every person in this country.
If you’re thinking of joining the resistance, here’s how – https://join.labour.org.uk/