“So now they tell me that in the name of unity I have to vote for someone who took part in the coup against Corbyn. They tell me that in the name of socialism I have to scale back my socialist ambition. They say that I must give up the fight, and vote for the one who the right wing press will prefer. They tell me I must shut the hell up, and do as I’m told.
And I say to them, quite simply, no. Never will I submit to those who tell me my desire for real change is unrealistic, naive and wrong. This struggle is long and hard, but our movement is important. Now, more than ever, we have to stay strong. We must remember why we came together, and keep that flame alive.
We will not win the hearts of the public by voting for the one who is most inoffensive to the media.
We will not win elections by returning to a watered down socialism that papers over the cracks but is too scared to argue for change. We will not win by putting our movement back in its box, whatever the right wing press says.
We will win by growing our movement on the ground. By standing together with one another and with all who are in need of socialist change. By making change happen as we go. By giving people vision, friendship, and communities of hope. We will win by showing that compassion, community and tolerance work.
That’s why I will be voting for the candidate whose socialism is confident, expansive and bold, who has the strength and vision to stand up to the vested interests of the media and the billionaires, and who sees empowering the membership as a necessary step to empowering the population as a whole.
That’s why I will be voting for Rebecca Long Bailey.
Please, please join me. Our movement is not over. It has only just begun.”