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Wanda Lozinska’s reflections on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party

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Who is to blame for Labour’s current problems? Not Jeremy Corbyn, but selfish, self-indulgent right-wing New Labour MPs refusing to do their handsomely paid jobs and continually undermining him – fuelling the flagrant press and TV who are biassed against him, serving a privileged Establishment terrified at the prospect of a Corbyn victory putting an end to their greedy, tax-evading ways.

Blair and right-wing Labour MPs ‘took over’ the party’ in the 1990s, eventually rendering it indistinguishable from the Tories. Labour lost five million core voters – a major reason for the 2010 and 2015 defeats.

Corbyn in York, May 2017

Many are now returning to Labour as they see Corbyn bringing Labour back to the Party’s original values, in a forward-looking way. Corbyn has attracted at least 350,000 new members, which at approaching 600,000 makes Labour Europe’s largest political party.

He has inspired many people, young and old – people with no previous interest in politics, to whom he relates, unlike previous Labour leaders. All are far more likely to vote for a Corbyn-led party.

Non-voters, mostly the poorest in our society, felt the previous Labour Party would be of no help to them. Corbyn is determined that everyone should have a better life.

In Corbyn’s first nine months as leader, Labour provided strong and effective opposition, forcing numerous embarrassing U-turns, defeating the Tories at least 22 times and preventing some of their worst excesses.

A Corbyn-led Labour Party represents ordinary people, ‘the many’, the 99% and won’t give tax breaks to multi-millionaires whilst children go hungry and ever-more working people have to resort to food banks.

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Wanda urges all to get behind him with all the support we can muster, to help this good man deliver his vision for a better, kinder, fairer and more equal society, where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

 

 

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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.