General Secretary of TSSA, the union for people working in all sections of the transport industry
Manuel Cortes is General Secretary of TSSA, the union for people working in all sections of the transport industry. He is a Labour Party member, a longtime champion of public ownership of railways and a prominent supporter of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.
As the Tories begin their party conference in Manchester, it is hard not to delight in their disunity. May is a walking shadow. Her cabinet strutters, fretting their final hours on their political stage. Their Brexiting message this week will be full of sound and fury. But it will signify nothing. This Tory minority Government will soon be snuffed out by the spectre of a Labour Government which haunts every aspect of their conference this week.
Our conference agreed what a People's Brexit looks like for us. Much of it is already expressed in Labour's excellent 2017 manifesto. We support improving the lot of working people across Britain without conducting a witch hunt of migrants and have opted instead to support policies of hope such as £10 minimum wage and a charter of workers rights. Perhaps most importantly, instituting sectoral collective bargaining which will see an agreed rate for every job whether you come from Bristol or Gdansk.
The economic problems hurting Britain's people stem from Thatcher's economic settlement which an incoming Labour government will rightly confine to the dustbin of history. A People's Brexit can now be about taking back control of the economy for the many which may well mean we reform our relationship with the EU, rather than just going for bust.
So now Richard Branson has joined in the efforts to vilify Jeremy Corbyn. What is is that the Tories, the Murdoch press, the panicked wing of the Labour Party and now Branson, a man whose personal wealth rose by £86 million last year to a staggering £3.6 billion, really don't like about Jeremy Corbyn? I'll tell you: it's his winning streak.
"Call me a Blairite, Tory establishment stooge careerist, sell-out whatever makes you feel better," Owen Jones concludes. I will do none of these things. I will not go further than saying I would not like to be in a trench alongside Owen under heavy shelling. The events of the last month, which he mainly ignores, have represented an unprecedented attack on an elected Leader of the Party. They are part of a move to break the power and influence of the Left that Owen claims to represent. It is a moment for solidarity, not back-stabbing. Owen's concerns, many of them quite legitimate, could have been expressed privately. Raising them in the way he has, certain to give comfort to the Left's opponents, speaks for itself.
02/08/2016 15:54 BST
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