Since the announcement of the General Election Labour have had a good first week in the campaign
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech launching the campaign succeeded in setting the tone for the election with the question ”whose side are you on?” His listed contrasts between the interests of the 1% and the 99% have dominated coverage of the election on social media, whilst leaving the mainstream media chasing to try and rescue the Tories from the unflattering comparisons.
The strength of that message was reinforced when Johnson’s visit to Addenbrookes Hospital ended with him retreating with his tail between his legs to the sound of whistling and booing from the patients and staff.
Meanwhile over the last few weeks nearly 3.5 million people have registered to vote. Many of them are young people concerned not just about the effects of austerity but the the climate emergency which Labour, unlike the Tories, has pledged to deal with. Many more will register in the next couple of weeks
Then we had the issue of foreign interference in the General Election. Not Vladimir Putin but his proxy in the White House Donald Trump. His appearance on Nigel Farage’s LBC radio programme saying that Corbyn would be “so bad” for the UK has in fact been turned to Labour’s advantage as a result of the disdain in which Trump is generally held.
Meanwhile in Labour International many branches are already making plans and starting to campaign to get people registered to vote and to arrange postal and proxy votes to ensure they vote Labour on 12 December. From Germany to Spain, America to Australia and all points in between work is underway to maximise the Labour vote.
Parliament will be dissolved on 6 November and the intensity of the campaign will ramp up from there. The election is there to be won and Labour International will be playing its part in that right across the world.