The unspun Jeremy Corbyn
Nobody expected a veteran, rebel leftwing MP to be elected to lead the UK labour Party. It's going to be hard for him to manage his own
Date Written: 2015-10-01
Publisher: Le Monde diplomatique
Year Published: 2015
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21915
A look at the rise in popularity of Jermey Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party, and the challenges he faces from the broader British public and from within his own party.
The question for the future is whether this mobilised constituency will be strong enough to shield Corbyn from the attacks coming his way, and indeed whether it can be sustained. An onslaught is inevitable because on many issues Corbyn's positions are directly opposed to what the British state considers to be its interests. He finds it difficult to think of circumstances in which he would deploy British military force, opposes bombing Syria, would not renew Britain’s nuclear weapons, and is critical of NATO's "global role". On the economy, he would confront the financial industry in the City, exert political control over the central bank, and overturn Thatcherite orthodoxy by renationalising railways and utilities. He is ambiguous on Brexit (UK exit from the EU), arguing for a reformed 'social Europe'. He is a fierce critic of Europe's treatment of Greece, and of the planned TTIP trade deal between the EU and the US.