There was an interview with Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell in Vice a few years ago where they said ‘getting political representation is important, but change comes through using direct action, campaigning, and trade unions.‘ Corbyn also said something similar in his chat he had with JME.
The Labour party is deeply flawed, of course. A lot of people will likely face the choice of voting for some awful slug blairite who would love to oust Corbyn at the first opportunity. The alternative though is to hand the Labour Party back to these people. The type of people who, as the UN was investigating the Conservatives for violating the human rights of disabled people with its welfare reform, said they would be ‘tougher on benefits’ than them. The kind of people who carve ‘control on immigration into giant tablets and sell it on mugs.
The struggle within the Labour party and outside of it will go on whatever happens on June 8th but I would sooner have these people on the backbenches of a government than being the official opposition, nodding along to whatever brutal anti migrant, anti working class narrative the tories were setting.
It is because politics is about more than government policies that electing Jeremy Corbyn is important.
like Lowkey said in his video, what we have in Corbyn is someone who is receptive to the struggles of working class people. I’m not saying Jeremy Corbyn will deliver socialism of course. That will always be on us. what he’s offering is only Keynesianism but it is still a break away from neoliberalism and at least offers us and millions in this country living precarious, alienated lives a chance for some breathing room. He offers us a break away from the current narrative of blaming migrants for every problem real and imagined.
Our dreams will always be too big for the ballot box but if we can recognise that things can get worse after a general election we should at least admit that things can get better after them too, and Corbynism has within it those seeds of radicalism. This is, after all why the establishment media has been so against him- not for his own policies but what he might inspire to come after him.