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Criticism of the Guardian newspaper’s stance in relation to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party, and more widely, to the leftward  move in the Labour movement seem to have sparked a more lively letters page.

It is always worth writing to the media. Papers favour direct responses to stuff their own opinion  columnists and editorialists write. Keep it short and to the point

 

Owen Jones, Labour and the EU

Membership of the EU imposes austerity and trade policies, privatisation and wars on all countries, not just those in the eurozone. But Owen Jones argues that “no one believes that the EU – which has imposed calamitous economic policies throughout the eurozone – can be changed one country at a time”. If this is the case one wonders why the EU establishment goes to such lengths to rerun every national referendum that thwarts its aims. The truth is that every breach in the hegemony of bankers, bosses and EU bureaucrats is an existential threat that might trigger a continent-wide revolt.

Given that Labour needs to mobilise its core working-class base and win a sizable section of the middle class if it is to form a government, it should be looking at every way to reach the millions whose interests are countered by all that comes with the Lisbon treaty and its predecessors. This demands clarity on the capitalist-class nature of the EU and clearly distinct policies from the corporate interests that Cameron and our own establishment will present in the referendum and the next election.

Nick Wright Communist party

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jan/13/labour-role-in-the-fight-for-a-reformed-eu

How to make Labour electable

Your editorial  is best answered by the party’s now discarded objective: “To secure for the workers by hand or by brain the full fruits of their industry and the most equitable distribution thereof that may be possible upon the basis of the common ownership of the means of production, distribution and exchange, and the best obtainable system of popular administration and control of each industry or service.”

Nick Wright Communist party, Croydon

http://www.theguardian.com/news/2016/jan/03/labour-can-make-itself-electable-again

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