Trending in South Korea? First Helena, now Jeremy

In South Korea, the conservative party has been in power for many years, all the public funds have been radically cut, and many people are struggling due to lack of public service and privatisation.

Thousands of South Korean academics, activists and local government leaders have flocked to events addressed by Helena Norberg-Hodge and her colleagues.

At the most recent conference the final paragraph of their wall-sized, hand-painted Declaration makes clear their enthusiastic support for localisation. An association of 57 mayors, including the mayor of Seoul, is promoting their film and plans to do a series of conferences with them next year. Helena writes:

helena latest cropped“The word is definitely getting out that ecological collapse, economic instability, social disintegration, even terrorism, are inextricably linked to a global economy dependent on rampant consumerism, financial speculation and ‘free trade’. It is now widely accepted that the power of giant, transnational corporations – including big banks – must be reined in . . . Fundamental to our thinking is the need for binding international agreements requiring corporations to be place-based or ‘localised’ and subject to the regulations and tax regimes of individual ­nation states”. 

Seon-Ju Choi: “We would love to feature the amazing and exciting story about Jeremy Corbyn” 

David Hencke writes that a South Korean TV station “News Tapa” – an online investigative reporting organisation in South Korea – decided to devote a half hour programme to what they called the Corbyn Syndrome, for viewers in their country. The film may be seen here: http://newstapa.org/29509

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He adds that according to the broadcasters, in South Korea politics is seen as remote, dominated by big business and career politicians and not exactly squeaky clean. Sounds familiar?

Seon-Ju Choi, the London co-ordinator for the programme’s production said:

“In South Korea, the conservative party has been in power for many years now since our president Noh committed suicide. In a way, it has been very depressing all the public funds have been radically cut, and many people are struggling due to lack of public service and many of privatisation, etc.

JC 4 small“We would love to feature the amazing and exciting story about Jeremy Corbyn, how the left-wing politician received overwhelming support from the public, and became a leader of Labour Party.”

The TV station, crowd-funded by over 35,000 people, decided that Corbyn was an interesting phenomenon precisely because he was an example of a popular rebellion in a mainstream party challenging conventional politics. They were also fascinated that a backbencher representing a working class constituency could capture the minds of so many people and propel himself to the leadership of a major party.

The commentary is in Korean but enough British people are interviewed – including – for people to follow most of it.

Both Helena and Jeremy share honesty, a long-standing commitment to their principles and a desire to improve the quality of life for the 99%.

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The people cheering her localisation policy and his policy of investment instead of cuts obviously recognised this.

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Posted on November 5, 2015, in Democracy, Economy, Environment, Inequality, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party, Politics, Security, Watershed and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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