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Jeremy Corbyn

"Corbyn’s manifesto shows us that there isn’t just..."



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Jeremy Bernard Corbyn is a British politician who is the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Islington North since 1983 and was elected Labour Leader in 2015. As an MP he is known for his activism and rebelliousness, frequently voting against the Labour whip when the party was in government under New Labour leaders Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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What is the left to do, in the midst of an election campaign cast in the political mood of Brexit, narrow nationalism and a bogus-Blitz spirit? Britain’s snap election, with its looming vision of a juggernaut Tory party sucking up Ukip voters and veering ever-rightwards with regressive Little England homilies, has sent many into despair. But it’s also shaping up as the latest challenge for the populist left trying to face down a rightist surge – incarnations of which we’ve seen play out across Europe.

Populism typically gets a bad rap, as analysts either assume it is under sole ownership of the far-right, or that people-driven policies in either direction are extreme and bad. The left counters that the far-right feasts off a population feeling ignored and neglected by remote politicians, economic despair, disillusion (often cast as voter apathy) and resentment at a tiny elite that increasingly profits while the rest of us struggle.

Such sentiments can drive support in either political direction, although other factors in the mix – hostility to migrants, for example – clearly cannot. This is one way the populist left diverges from liberal centrism. Rather than seeking to accommodate a negative mood over migration (which invariably ends up confirming the far-right’s framing), left populism tries to persuade even those who disagree over “cultural issues” of a common political cause.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he stands by his view that immigration to the UK from the EU is not too high.

He told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg migrants played a valuable role and he was not proposing new restrictions on the rights of people to move to the UK.

Mr Corbyn has faced calls from some in Labour to harden his party's stance on immigration ahead of Brexit talks.

But although he said in a key speech he was "not wedded" to the idea of free movement, he did not say it should end.

He made clear in a series of media interviews and the speech itself, on Tuesday afternoon, that his aim was to stop the exploitation of immigrant workers by employers rather than directly limit numbers.

BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith said: "Jeremy Corbyn set out today to clarify his party's position on Brexit and to signal a readiness to address voter concerns on immigration.

"However he is facing accusation of confusion after he appeared to backtrack on suggestions he was ready to re-think his support for EU rules on immigration."

on January 11, 2017

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Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at Barack Obama after the outgoing US President suggested Labour under his leadership had disintegrated and lost touch with reality.

In a valedictory interview before leaving the White House, Mr Obama was asked if he feared the Democratic Party would lurch to the left after Donald Trump's election, like Labour in the UK.

And in a brutal assessment of the state of the Labour Party, the President said he had no such worries and even claimed left-wing presidential challenger Bernie Sanders was a "pretty centrist politician" compared to Mr Corbyn.

The criticism provoked a defiant response from the Labour leader's spokesman, who said his ideas were "common sense" to "most people in Britain".

The President's damning verdict on Labour under Mr Corbyn came in an interview with former Obama aide David Axelrod, who also advised Ed Miliband during the 2015 General Election campaign.

Mr Axelrod asked the President: "Are you worried about the Corbynisation of the Democratic Party?

"The Labour Party just sort of disintegrated in the face of their defeat and moved so far left that it's in a very frail state. And there is an impulse to respond to the power of Trump by, you know, being as edgy... on the left."

Mr Obama responded: "I don't worry about that, partly because I think that the Democratic Party has stayed pretty grounded in fact and reality."

In response, Mr Corbyn's spokesman said Labour and the Democrats both "have to challenge power if they are going to speak for working people and change a broken system".

He added: "What Jeremy Corbyn stands for is what most people want: to take on the tax cheats, create a fairer economy, fund a fully public NHS, build more homes, and stop backing illegal wars.

"For the establishment, those ideas are dangerous. For most people in Britain, they're common sense and grounded in reality."

In a letter to The Guardian, filmmaker Ken Loach defended Mr Corbyn and said his critics within Labour were responsible for "any disarray or disunity" in the party.

He said: "This bunch of political losers are intent on the destruction of a Labour Party they cannot control." 

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron mocked Mr Corbyn over the US President's comments, calling them a "wake up call" for Labour.

He said: "Since the General Election, Labour have written the textbook on how to make a divided and divisive government look half competent."

on December 28, 2016

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Human rights protests against the 'human rights campaigner' and leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn are becoming an ever more frequent occurrence.

On Saturday, at an event in which Corbyn was set to give a speech criticising Theresa May's government for its alliance with Saudi Arabia, Corbyn faced protests over Labour's alleged fence-sitting equivocation in the face of Syrian and Russian war crimes in Aleppo.

Syria Solidarity UK, the main group involved in the protests alongside the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, has called on the Labour leader to "break the silence" and unequivocally condemn the bombing of Syrian civilians by the Syrian and Russian governments. The group has also called on Corbyn to supportunilateral UK aid drops to besieged Syrians in Aleppo and the suspension of Syria from the UN.

As with previous hecklings of Jeremy Corbyn by left-wing anti-Assad protesters, the disruption of one of Corbyn's speeches this weekend taps into a wider discomfort with how supposedly anti-war activists respond to bloodshed which doesn't sit comfortably with their anti-American worldview. When Saudi Arabia commits human rights violations it is rightly condemned by the left. When anti-American regimes do the same, too many, including the current leader of the Labour Party, are ready to equivocate or even come down on the side of those violating human rights.

This hypocrisy, as well as the contrast between justified left-wing anger over the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq and an almost total indifference toward to the plight of Syrians (or worse, conspiracy-mongering in which humanitarian groups like the White Helmets are smeared as part of a global Jewish/Jihadist conspiracy), betrays an ideological hangover from the farcical 'socialist' experiments of the twentieth century.

As during the Cold War, the world is divided up in the minds of left-wing activists into rival and manichean 'camps' of good versus evil. More recently, imperialist versus anti-imperialist has replaced capitalist versus socialist as the only dichotomy that matters. Thus countries like Russia, Syria and Cuba may do nasty things, but ultimately they are confronting a far greater evil embodied by the imperialistic United States and its allies.

For groups like the Stop the War Coalition, which Corbyn chaired for many years and continues to support, stopping the war has come to mean little more than ignoring it or keeping one's own hands clean.
Jeremy Corbyn is very clearly influenced by this black and white method of reasoning, if you can call it that. To his starry-eyed supporters, Corbyn has consistently been on the 'right side of history' on matters of human rights, even when backing tyrants himself. Just two weeks ago the Labour leader was lavishing praise on Fidel Castro, a dictator who locked up dissenters, banned independent trade unions and took away the passports of Cubans for half a century – all grave violations of human rights.

Similarly, Corbyn has in the past praised terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah and thuggish autocrats like Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. But as with Assad and Putin's war crimes in Syria, these are the human rights abuses it is acceptable to overlook as mere excesses in the bigger struggle between 'imperialism' and its foes.

on December 14, 2016

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The populist right are “political parasites feeding on people’s concerns and worsening conditions”, Jeremy Corbyn has told a gathering of European socialist and progressive parties.

In a speech in Prague, the Labour leader said that unless progressives broke with a “failed economic and political establishment” the far right would fill the gap.

The populist right has been emboldened by the vote for Brexit and the success of Donald Trump in the US, while the far-right Freedom party is challenging for the presidency in Austria this weekend and Marine le Pen’s Front National is expecting to do well in French elections next year.

Corbyn told the Party of European Socialists Council that while the populist right had identified many of the correct problems at a time of growing insecurity and declining living standards, the solutions offered were “toxic dead-ends” of the past.

“They are political parasites feeding on people’s concerns and worsening conditions, blaming the most vulnerable for society’s ills instead of offering a way for taking back real control of our lives from the elites who serve their own interests,” he said.

“But unless progressive parties and movements break with a failed economic and political establishment, it is the siren voices of the populist far right who will fill that gap.”

on December 4, 2016

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As the world reacts to the news that Fidel Castro has passed away, Jeremy Corbyn has offered a personal tribute to the Cuban dictator. The Labour leader has spoken out to praise Castro as ‘a champion of social justice’:

‘Fidel Castro’s death marks the passing of a huge figure of modern history, national independence and 20th century socialism. From building a world class health and education system, to Cuba’s record of international solidarity abroad, Castro’s achievements were many.

For all his flaws, Castro’s support for Angola played a crucial role in bringing an end to Apartheid in South Africa, and he will be remembered both as an internationalist and a champion of social justice.’

Corbyn does at least highlight that Castro was not without problems –adding a ‘for all his flaws’ disclaimer. However, with Corbyn praising Castro as a champion for social justice, Mr S suspects he ought to have also found time to reference a few other aspects of Castro’s regime. Say for example, the independent newspapers closed as part of his regime — or the homosexuals and priests sent to labour camps for ‘re-education’.

on November 28, 2016

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Might as well scrap border controls altogether because people will simply just go to Calais and expect a free pass. 

Labour are so out of touch. UK just voted to leave the EU based largely on border control and Corbyn is talking about just letting people walk in.

That's Labour not winning the next election then I guess.

on September 28, 2016

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Jeremy Corbyn suggested Britain should give up its membership of the EU’s Single Market - a position he shares with only the most hardcore Brexiteers.

The single market means it as easy to trade between London and Berlin as it is between Edinburgh and London. Within the Single Market, goods, people, services and capital can move freely, meaning there’s no lengthy customs checks, borders to cross and goods can move freely and cheaply.

Giving up membership of the Single Market would be catastrophic for the economy and put millions of people’s livelihoods at risk. Even if everyone agreed to a deal to allow access to the Single Market it would mean less investment, fewer jobs and no say over the laws that government might access, compared to remaining fully-fledged members.

on September 27, 2016

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Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn took aim at the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on Thursday, saying he would kill the controversial U.S. and EU trade deal should he become prime minister.

His comments came during a speech in London campaigning to remain in the EU just three weeks ahead of the Brexit referendum, which Corbyn has framed as an "era-defining moment" for workers' rights.

"Many thousands of people have written to me, with their concerns about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (or TTIP) the deal being negotiated, largely in secret, between the U.S. and the EU," he said in his speech in London.

"Many people are concerned rightly that it could open up public services to further privatization—and make privatization effectively irreversible," he added. "Others are concerned about any potential watering down of consumer rights, food safety standards, rights at work or environmental protections, and the facility for corporations to sue national governments if regulations impinged on their profits," he said, referring to ISDS tribunals.

He also referenced French President François Hollande's signaling his opposition to the deal last month, adding, "So today we give this pledge, as it stands, we too would reject TTIP—and veto it in Government."

Corbyn's promise to reject the TTIP comes amidst plummeting support for the deal in Germany and the U.S. as well, and follows a leak by Greenpeace of the deal's negotiating text showing that it amounts to "a huge transfer of power from people to big business."

According to Nick Dearden, director of the UK-based social justice organization Global Justice Now, "It's not surprising that Jeremy Corbyn has come out against TTIP when the toxic trade deal would have so many terrible consequences for consumer protections, labour rights and the environment."

"It’s true that TTIP has provoked many people to veer towards voting for Brexit, but progressive MEPs and civil society from across Europe have been instrumental in getting to the point now where the defeat of the deal is a real possibility. Left to their own devices, the free-market fundamentalists of the UK would waste no time in cooking up something even more odious than the EU-U.S. deal," Dearden said.

on June 4, 2016

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This man is a Republican, which means he is all for abolishing the monarchy. I think he got popular because he distances himself from Brown and Blair, but it's not enough to get him elected as PM. The fact that he advocated taking in MORE refugees shows how clueless he is about the current political landscape. Anyone who's British should oppose to open our borders even further.

on January 20, 2016
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