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Counterfire calls for Corbyn to Follow Jean-Luc Mélenchon and “denounce the banks and corporations, NATO and the EU as “capitalist con trick”.

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Rees explains to Corbyn how to follow Mélenchon’s book.

What, the masses, okay, John Rees and the groupuscule Counterfire, ask, should we do about Theresa May’s “gamble”, her all-too-evident desperation.

Well, they reply, to themselves, it’s proof of that agony the Tories are facing.

She has called a General Election.

You can’t get more desperate than that!

So,  Bring it on

Rees is a-buzzin’ at French politics,

Only weeks ago, Marine Le Pen was destined to be stopped only by a Blairite candidate. Now the far-left candidacy of Jean-Luc Mélenchon has upset all predictions and, even if he doesn’t make the second round, he has rebuilt the French left.

Jeremy Corbyn should be aiming to make good the poll deficit by similar methods because Melenchon was at least as far behind in the polls when the French Presidential campaign began as Corbyn is now.


….audacity is the order of the day. Corbyn should take a leaf from Mélenchon’s book and denounce the banks and corporations, NATO and the EU, for the capitalist con trick they are. He should unashamedly run as the establishment’s unbending opponent and as the outspoken champion of working people, the unions, and the social movements.

Then, if he fails, at least it will not be by his own hand and at the cost of demoralising the left and working people, their organisations and their hopes.

Yup, Mélenchon’s strategy of replacing the Socialist Party, that is Labour’s sister party, and his struggle for French “independence”, waving of tricolors an all, is just the recipe for a Labour victory.

He could also try a few of the poems Melenchon likes to stud his speeches with,

Mes frères, c’est dans la Paix que nous respirons à pleins poumons
L’univers entier avec tous ses rêves…
Mes frères, mes sœurs, donnez-vous  la main…
C’est cela la Paix.

Yánnis Rítsos.

Or this:

Rees is resolutely upbeat.

There may or may not be a majority Labour government, but that is not the only bad outcome for the Tories. There may be a minority Labour government supported by the SNP. There may be a Tory government with a reduced majority, and that would be a huge disaster for the whole UK ruling class and a huge opportunity for the left.

Those majority Tory governments are surely always an opportunity……

We need to make Theresa May’s election gamble her last, argues John Rees

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  1. All very tongue in cheek but still evocative of the far left. You wonder why they don’t give up especially after the debacle of Respect which damaged the loonies for a generation at least.

    Dave Roberts

    April 19, 2017 at 5:07 am

  2. They are indefatigable, loonies amongst the the looniest.

    .Counterfire joins calls to confront ‘Tory coup’ on the streets
    May 6, 2015 Written by Ben Wray Published in Opinion

    Only a People‘s Brexit will bring the change we need
    January 22, 2017

    Andrew Coates

    April 19, 2017 at 10:14 am

  3. Did you say ‘indefatibable’?
    Counterfire couldn’t even run a bloody cafe, and are a cultish microsect, Trotskyite wreckers.
    George Galloway knows where its at.


    April 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

  4. Counterfire’s response to May’s election plans may be the most “bonkers” on the far-left, but it’s not the most craven:
    Socialist Resistance: “It is crucial that Labour is prepared to work in a progressive alliance with other anti-austerity parties in Parliament (i.e. the Greens, SNP and Plaid) in order to form a government if that is necessary. This means supporting the call of the Scottish parliament for a second independence referendum. This is of course very different from the sort of alliance that Tony Blair is angling for (again) where Labour accommodates to the Liberal Democrats by moving to the right.” (http://socialistresistance.org/general-election-labour-must-present-a-radical-alternative/9986)

    Jim Denham

    April 19, 2017 at 2:23 pm

  5. I have pointed the flaw in that one out to those who would listen.

    In many places, let’s take Suffolk as one, there are County Council and other elections in May.

    During these elections the Greens are standing against Labour – as are the SNP and Plaid.

    I cannot speak about the Welsh Labour Party, but the Scots, oddly, do not like the SNP.

    Nor do Labour people being stood against whatever the Greens stand for.

    Without going further into the ideological, political and other differences than this one, because of these kind of competition the idea of a “progressive alliance” – hey and let’s broaden it out to its full list as some people in Red Pepper and what remains of the ‘Democratic Left’ were at one-time eager on, with ‘progressive’ Liberals – is dead in the water.

    Andrew Coates

    April 19, 2017 at 5:02 pm

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